(Mexico City, 1965)
His training between Mexico and Germany has led him to develop a particular sculptural style, which highlights an unusual materiality to explore the body and its isolated forms; tissues that give life to characters or to their extremities, in full-fledged emotion. Velázquez’s lines have crossed Berlin, Stuttgart, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Austin, Buenos Aires, Jalisco, Queretaro, CDMX, and other cities. He is featured in distinguished collections such as the Bank of Mexico, the Carrillo Gil Museum of Art and the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC).
He was born September 30 of 1965, in Mexico City. He studied in several workshops at the National School of Visual Arts, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Afterwards he studied sculpture in Germany, at Berlin University of the Arts and at The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Héctor Velazquez’s work looks to explore the relations with the human body and its surroundings such as its shapes, conceptions and sensations, as well as its relations with the senses and communication with others. It is a process of introspection, almost ritual. Velázquez weaves his intimate conception of the human body with new and old “skins”, in some cases taking up the pre-hispanic world view, as in the case of Xipe Totec. He is interested, amongst other things, in digging into emotional regenerations, usually related with emotionally linked beings. In his works, he researches the psychic and emotional relations between the geographic representations of physic land or topographic maps, with the body, the dermis and the clothes that cover it. Through the use of different materials, such as fabric, thread, worn clothes and stones, he creates pieces that invite the spectator to get involved corporally and emotionally.
His work was published, together with texts of historians and art critics such as Karen Cordero, in the book entitled Cuerpos desdoblados, published in Mexico by the Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery in 2007.
• Residence in Centro Banff for Arts, Canada, FONCA, 2005
• Award Artes por todas Partes, Mexico City, 2004
• OMNILIFE Award of Sculpture, Acquisition Award, Salón de Octubre, Guadalajara, Jalisco, 2001
• Residence in Centro Banff for Arts, Canada, FONCA, 2001
• Intern of Jóvenes Creadores, FONCA, México DF., 1998 – 1999
• Intern of “Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste “ Alemania, 1993 – 1995
• Intern of “Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste“ Alemania, 1990 -1992
The Garments of St. Christopher. Kunst in der Kirche, St. Christopher Church, Berlin.
Testimonies- Evidence of a Transformation. Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin.
Unfolding Bodies. Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong.
Collection 1800. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
Héctor Velázquez, Unfolding bodies. Querétaro Art Museum, Querétaro.
Héctor Velázquez. N2 Gallery, Barcelona.
Unfolding bodies. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
Xipe Tótec. Cultural Center of Spain, Mexico City.
Xipe Totec, Exconvento de Tepoztlan, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City.
Xipe Totec, Museo Etnográfico, Berlin.
En silencio, Galería Landucci, Mexico City.
Cabinas, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, INBA, Mexico City.
Héctor Velázquez, Galería Kunstitut, Stuttgart, Germany.
Concentric Rings. San Pedro Factory, Uruapan.
Collectors Cabinet. Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong.
The Chewed Objekt. House of the First Printing Press in America, UAM, Mexico City.
Concentric Rings. Cultural Center Clavijero, Morelia.
NAVIgation. Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong.
Crossroads. The London Art Show. N2 Gallery, London.
Open Studios. Milchhof, Berlin.
Beyond Borders. Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong.
10 Years. N2 Gallery, Barcelona.
XI Monterrey Biennal FEMSA. Center of the Arts, Monterrey.
Art Jakarta. Puerta Roja Gallery, Jakarta.
Six Degrees of Separation. 108 Abraham Gonzalez, Mexico City.
Korea International Art Fair. Puerta Roja Gallery, Seoul.
Opposing Matters. Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong.
Interwoven. Contemporary Cell, Claustro de Sor Juana. Mexico City.
Art Madrid. N2 Gallery, Madrid.
Volcanoes, The Localized Desire-3. Schaufenster Space, Berlin.
Human Topographies. Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong.
Art Taipei. Puerta Roja Gallery, Taipei.
Shared Sensations. Querétaro Art Museum, Querétaro.
Affordable Art Fair Mexico City. Terreno Baldio Gallery, Mexico City.
Visceral Beauty. Manolo Rivero Gallery, Merida.
Preview Berlin Art Fair. Terreno Baldío Gallery, Berlin.
Affordable Art, Mexico City. Terreno Baldío Gallery, Mexico City.
XXXI Group of the 16 – Contemporary Art, Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City.
Urban Conscience, Andrés Siegel Gallery/ Art, Mexico City.
IV International Biennal of Contemporary Textile Art , Anahuacalli Museum, Mexico City.
Piel / Skin, Isabel la Católica 97, Mexico City.
Affordable Art, Mexico City, Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
XXX Group of the 16 – Contemporary Art, Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City.
Diverse Afect/ Genders in Flow. University Museum Chopo, Mexico City.
Zona MACO Contemporary Art, Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
XXIX Group of the 16 – Contemporary Art, Mexico City.
20 Years FONCA 1989/2009 – Creation in Motion, José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City (2009 – 2010).
Small Art, Urban Corredor Roma Condesa, Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City (2009 – 2010).
Form and Color. N2 Gallery, Barcelona.
Arteaméricas. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Miami.
Balelatina. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Basilea.
Surfaces. Tamaulipas Museum of Contemporary Art, Matamoros, Tamaulipas
ArteBA. Terreno Baldío Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Der Blick, Lautlose Sprache. (The Llook), Arttransponder Space, Berlin.
Capri LXII. Capri Gallery, Berlin.
Vértigos y Delirios, Centro Cultural España. Mexico City.
Feria de arte ARCO, Madrid, Spain and Galería Terreno Baldío, Mexico City.
Mexican Report, The Cultural Institut of Mexico, Washington D.C, USA.
Segunda Bienal de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico City.
Mexican Report, Instituto de México, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas, USA.
El Sentido y sus Sentidos, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.
Permanent Exhibition of MUCA, UNAM, Mexico City.
VII Salón de Arte Bancomer, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.
OMNILIFE Award of Sculpture, Salón de Octubre, Guadalajara, Jalisco.
De la Academia a la Instalación, Mexican Sculpture, Palacio de las Bellas Artes, INBA, Mexico City.
Creation in Motion. National Center for the Arts, Mexico City.
Rotation IV. MUCA Roma (University Museum of Science and Arts, UNAM) Mexico City.
Suns of Mexico. Petit Paláis, París.
IV Biennal. Museum of Monterrey. Monterrey Nuevo León.
Geographies. Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio.
Point of View: Between Two Cities, Mexico and New York. Art in General, Nueva York.
Earth, Disperse Identities. MUCA (University Museum of Science and Arts), UNAM, Mexico City.
Después del cuerpo. Galería 127, ciudad de México.
In the Nineties: Contemporary Mexican Art. Mexican Cultural Institute, New York and Washington.
First National Fine Arts Salon. Threedimensional Biennal. National Center for the Arts, Mexico City.
Transgressions to the Body. Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, Mexico City.
Arco 97 Art Fair. Gallery of Contemporary Art, Madrid.
A un lugar muy lejos de aquí, Expoarte Guadalajara, Jalisco.
CHARITE, Antiguo Hospital de la Mujer, Berlín.
Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, INBA, Mexico City.
Temistocles 44 II, Mexico City.
Seminal, Expoarte Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.
Viva la Vida, Diez Artistas Latinoamericanos, BIS, Mönchengladbach, Germany.
Antiguo hospital de la mujer, Stuttgart, Germany.
Exposición Anual de la Academia, Brockhausgebaude, Stuttgart, Germany.