Biography

GABRIEL DE LA MORA  (b. 1968, Mexico)

“…art is not created nor destroyed; it is only transformed, just as energy is.”​

After studying architecture at the Universidad Anáhuac del Norte from 1987-1991, Gabriel de la Mora began his career as a practicing architect. After five years, he redirected his work, focusing instead on visual art, and in 2003 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at Pratt Institute in New York.

Since the early 2000s, de la Mora has collected detritus and ephemera ranging from hair to found photographs, shoe soles to painted ceilings. He transforms these objects, using meticulous craftsmanship to call attention to their original uses, while also making conceptual investigations into the nature of art. Curator and art historian Willy Kautz has written, “Gabriel de la Mora’s work lies in questioning and experimenting with the interstitial limits between painting, drawing, and sculpture. … Linking constructivist languages with the evocative, fortuitous discoveries of dadaist experience, de la Mora updates the minimalist/conceptual optic to reveal the intimate and personal within the universal convention of modernist abstraction.”

Much of de la Mora’s production focuses upon the intimate functions of objects that, outlasting their usefulness, have been discarded. By repurposing found things, de la Mora points to the actions of time upon the object. In his collected chips of paint and fabric painted ceilings, for example, he suggests that the painting came into existence long before the artist came into contact with it and placed it upon a canvas. In this way, he is also drawn to the visual and affective power of archival collections. He often works with old photographs and found papers. These materials are weighted with mysteries from the past—their hidden narratives are central to de la Mora’s conceptual and formal interests. The artist lives and works in Mexico City.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Entropías, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico 

2017

Crystals of Inevidence, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, USA 

2016

 

Gabriel de la Mora; Sounds Inscriptions on Fabric, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, USA

 

Gabriel de la Mora: Serial, Timothy Taylor, London, UK

2015

(f), Galeria OMR, Mexico

2014

Lucíferos, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Lo que no vemos lo que nos mira, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico 

2012

T.O.E.F.M.U.T.I.T.O.A.I.I., Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Exposición Panamericana, NC - arte, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Señales Aleatorias/Ruido Blanco, Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS), Mexico

2011

 

Ruido Blanco/White Noise, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico

 

Originalmentefalso, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Frágil/Fragile, Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA (Project Room)

2008

d.i.b.u.j.o.s., Bastero Kulturgunea, Andoain (Gipuzkoa), Spain

 

39-G.M.C.-23.sept.07, Conner Contemporary, Washington D.C., USA

 

Blind Lines, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2007

Brújula de cuestiones, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico

2006

 

Extensions, Galerie La Serre, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Saint-Étienne, France

2004

00-04, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Colima, Colima, Mexico

2003

 

G.M. antes y después, Ministry of Culture of the state of Colima, 10 venues in Mexico

2001

 

Serie Homenaje a Robert Mapplethorpe, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico

1997

 

The Form Without Form, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., USA

1996

 

La Inconciencia de la Vista, Museo Regional de Historia, Colima, Mexico

Selected Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington, D.C., USA

ARTIUM, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia

Colección Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami Florida, USA

Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico

Colección Fundación Televisa, México

Colección SIVAM, Mexico City, Mexico

Colección Universidad de Colima, Mexico

Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo de Arte contemporaneo Alfredo Zalce, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS), Hermosillo, Sonora, México

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo de la Cancillería, S.R.E., Mexico City, Mexico

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Museo del Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Universitario de Arte Conpemporáneo (MUAC), UNAM, Mexico

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA

Perez Art Museum Miami Collection, Miami, Florida, USA

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA

Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Colima, Mexico