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"Fragmentation speaks more clearly to the realities of our lives than the false, flat image we are accustomed to seeing. There, everything is always backwards."

Thomas Glassford studied art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BFA. He moved to Mexico City in 1990, and joined a young avant-garde of Mexican, European, and American artists living in the city. Since the early 1990s, Glassford has used everyday materials--ranging from gourds to broomsticks, anodized aluminum to melamine plates--to create architectural or installation-scale works. He transforms these materials into rhythmic and often abstract creations, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture and Op Art paintings of the 1960s.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Siphonophora, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico


Solar Plexus, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, USA


Thomas Glassford: Afterglow, Arts Brookfield, Houston, TX, USA


Afterglow, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Afterglow, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Thomas Glassford, Galeria Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy


Pteridomania, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA



Xipe Totec, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico


Afterglow, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico


Implosion is Compulsory, Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA


Between Earth and Sky, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA



Cadáver Exquisito, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico


Thomas Glassford, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA


Pleasure Garden, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico


Desdoblamientos, Galeria Principal de La Escuela de Artes. UAEMéx, Toluca, Mexico


Thomas Glassford, Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo, Nuevo León, Mexico


Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico


Event Horizon, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico


Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA


Stripes and Solids, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, USA


Fuente/ Exhibition Agua – Wasser, Temple of San Agustín (Ex National Library), Mexico City, Mexico


DESIRE, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico


ASTER, La Torre de los Vientos, Mexico City, Mexico



Fuente Parabólica, Museo de La Alhóndiga, Festival International Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico


Neoprene Dreams, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX, USA


Diversiones, Galeria de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico


Autogol: Oaxaca, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico


New Work, Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX, USA


The Privilege to Contemplate the Theories of Black Holes, ExpoArte ’98, Guadalajara, Mexico


Autogol Monterrey, Museo de Monterrey, Mexico


Autogol, Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico


Natural Acts, Moody Gallery Houston, TX, USA


Arteria, Curare: Espacio Crítico Para Las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico


Laredo, Laredo Junior College Art Gallery, Texas


Hydraulics and Mechanics, N. No. O Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA


Obra Nueva, Estudio Lic. Verdad, Mexico City, Mexico


Drawings and Wall Pieces, Flood Gallery, Austin, TX, USA

Selected Public Collections

Art Center/Instanbul, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Turkey

Associacao Beneficente Alzira Denise Hertzog da Silva, Brazil

Bruce and Diane Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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

Colección Valdemarín, Madrid, Spain

Collezione “La Gaia,” Italy

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA

Gelman Collection, Mexico

Jerry I. Speyer Collection

La Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Montblanc International Collection

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Bajadoz, Spain

Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), Mexico

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

Neeley Collection

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

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

Televisa Collection, Mexico

Vergel Foundation, New York, NY, USA

The SPACE Collection, Irvine, CA

The West Collection, Oaks, PA