Hector Zamora

Hector Zamora

Born in Mexico City 1974, Mexico
Lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Héctor Zamora is a Mexican artist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Working extensively in public space over the past decade, the artist creates major works that often rearticulate the physical characteristics of a specific urban or architectural environment. Creating structures that enhance or highlight particular characteristics or patterns of social use of that space and environment, the artist often utilises materials that also carry a particular resonance within that location. Zamora often draws the local community into the process of not only experiencing the work of art, but also as a part of the creation. The artist reimagines these public spaces through the implementation of sculptural additions made from materials with a specific significance within each site to interact with the community consciousness. Zamora received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico City in 1998. His solo exhibitions include Inconstância Material, Luciana Brito Gallery, 2012; White Noise, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand, 2011; Paraísos Ofrecidos, El Eco, Mexico City, 2011; and Errante, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, 2010. Zamora’s work has also appeared in group exhibitions worldwide, including Resisting the Present: Mexico 2000/2012, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, 2012; 32° Panorama da arte Brasileria, São Paulo, 2011; Liverpool Biennial, UK, 2010; 53rd Venice Biennial, Italy, 2009; 27th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; 9th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2006; and Eco: Arte Mexicano Contemporáneo, Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2005.


Upcoming exhibitions/projects
:

  • 2013. 10ª Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2013. Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2013. Solo Exhibition, Labor gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.


Solo Exhibitions
:

  • 2012. Muegano, Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • 2012. Architecture + Art, SMoCA, Scottsdale, Arizona, US.
  • 2012. Inconstância Material, Luciana Brito gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2011. Zeppelin Schärme, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 2011. White Noise, Bethells beach – Shed 6 – Elam project-space B431, Auckland Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2011. Offered paradises, Museo El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2010. Errant, Margem project, Tamanduateí river, Itau Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2010. Credibility Crisis, Project room, Miami Basel, Miami, USA.
  • 2008. De Belg wordt geboren met een baksteen in de maag, FLACC, Genk, Belgium.
  • 2007. Specular Reflections, Cerca Series, MCASD, San Diego, CA, US.
  • 2006. Divisiones. Hotel Condesa DF, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2005. Líneas de suspensión, ensayo sobre geometría funicular. Enrique Guerrero Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2005. Unidad habitacional. La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2004. Paracaidista, Av. Revolución 1608 bis. Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2003. PNEU, Garash Gallery, México City, Mexico.
  • 2000. a=360º r/R, Arte in Situ “La Torre de los Vientos”, Mexico City, Mexico.


Group Exhibitions
:

  • 2013. Blind Field, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, US 2013-2012. BMW Guggenheim Lab Mumbai. Guggenheim Foundation. Mumbai, India
  • 2012. Gilvan Samico, Paulo Monteiro, Hector Zamora e Eduardo Verderame. Centro Universitário Maria Antônia. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2012. En Suspensión, Espai d’Art Contemporari de Castello, Castello, Spain
  • 2012. Centro Abierto, MALI Museum, Lima, Peru.
  • 2012. Diferença e Repetição, Raquel Arnaud Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2012. Resisting the Present, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, France.
  • 2012. About Change, The World Bank Group, Washington DC, USA.
  • 2011. Performance & Arquitectura, Tabacalera, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2011. 32o Parorama da Arte Brasileira, Modern Art Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2011. Resisting the Present, Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico.
  • 2011. Ustedes Nosotros, Centro Cultural de Esapaña, Managua, Nicaragua.
  • 2011. Disponible, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA.
  • 2011. FGAP@Venice, Official Collateral Event, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
  • 2011. Wasser,Schiene, Straße, Luft, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 2011. Porque sim, Millan Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2011. Ustedes Nosotros, Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • 2011. Suspended Sculptures, EX3 Contemporary Art Centre, Florence, Italy.
  • 2010. The diversity of all and everything possible, 12th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2010. Disponible, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 2010. Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • 2010. Touched, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.
  • 2010. A Contemplação do Mundo, Paralela Exhibition, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2010. Art and Cities, Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan.
  • 2010. Constante, La Nueva Babilônia, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • 2010. Mientras sea posible, Casa de America, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2009. LABOR, Gallery Inaugural Show, Mexico City Mexico.
  • 2009. Lugares Comunes, Bogota, Colombia.
  • 2009. Making Worlds, 53ª International Exhibition Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
  • 2009. PH Neutro, Vermelho Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2008. II Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, Puerto Rico.
  • 2008. Quase Líquido, Itaú Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2007. Viva Mexico, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2007. Positions in Context, CIFO, grants program 2007 exhibition, Miami, USA.
  • 2007. Encuentro Internacional Medellín 2007 (MDE07); Medellin, Colombia.
  • 2006. 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo; Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2006. Busan Biennale 2006; Pusan, South Korea.
  • 2006. Sueño de una noche de verano; Muros Museum, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.
  • 2006. Novena Bienal de la Habana, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba.
  • 2006. Frontera. Esbozo para la creación de una sociedad del futuro; Lacandon 2006. Mountain National Park, Guatemala.
  • 2005. Dialogues, Indian International Center, New Delhi, India.
  • 2005. Farsites / sitios distantes, San Diego Museum of Art, Insite05, San Diego CA, USA.
  • 2005. Eco: arte contemporáneo mexicano, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2003. Fission/fusion, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington DC, US.
  • 2002. Item, Centro Cultural España, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2001. Con Fulgente Hado, outdoor program by X – Teresa Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.


Participations:

  • 2011. Easy Listening Talk, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2011. Artists Lecture Program, Museo Experimental EL ECO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2009. Mexican artist lectures program, MAM, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2007. Lecture at FLACC, Genk, Belgium.
  • 2007. Conference at 7º Bienal internacional de Arquitetura, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2007. La casa del encuentro lectures program (MDE07), Medellín, Colombia.
  • 2007. TNT Cerca Lectures program, MCASD, San Diego CA, USA.
  • 2006. IV Foro de expertos en arte contemporáneo, conference, ARCO 06, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2005. Mexican contemporary art at the Kültur Büro Barcelona, lecture, Barcelona, Spain.


Studies:

  • 2000. Postgraduate Course in Lightweight Structures (structural geometry), UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico (non-enrolled)
  • 1994-1998. Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design, UAM – X, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Other activities
  • 2001 - 2005. LSD’s Director– Studio dedicated to develop lightweight structures for architecture, Mexico City, Mexico.


Architecture:

  • 2008. Cícera, House remodeling project Minas Gerais 364, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2007. Traction - Flexion, Lightweight shadow structures, Commission project for the artist Gabriel Orozco, Roca Blanca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • 2005. Starry night, Lightweight shadow structures, Commission project for Punta Cancun Apartments, Punta Cancun, Mexico.
  • 2004. Waves, Lightweight shadow structures, Commission project for private house, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • 2004. Nestle booth, Inflatable penetrable structure, Commission project for Nestle, Monterrey, Mexico.
  • 2002. Masaryk 275, Lightweight shadow structure, Commission project for business building, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2001. Swimming pool bar, Lightweight shadow structure, Commission project for private house, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.


Grants:

  • 2011. Graham Foundation, Architecture + Art: Héctor Zamora Solo Exhibition fall 2012. SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • 2010. Programa Brasil Arte Contemporânea, Sao Paulo Biennial Foundation, International Exhibition award, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2009. Gran Centenario Emerging Artist Award, Cuervo Foundation, FEMACO, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2009. The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (GCCC Moscow) sponsorship for the 53rd Biennale di Venezia project.
  • 2007. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
  • 2006. CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
  • 2006. Jumex Collection Foundation
  • 2003. BBVA Bancomer Foundation


Collections:

Zeppelin Museum Collection, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Chartwell Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Jumex Collection Foundation, Mexico City
AXA Collection, Mexico City


Books:

  • Inconstância Material – Hector Zamora, Luciana Brito, 2012
  • Paracaidista, av. Revolucion 1608 bis / intervención de Hector Zamora, 2007