* 1964, Mexico City
Voracious reader and incurable audiophile, Daniel Guzmán digests, absorbs and recombines musical and literary references at his own discretion. His work is marked by an almost autobiographical sincerity. Comics and cartoons, song lyrics, Pre-Hispanic iconography and sensational press clippings – residues of the artist’s daily life in Mexico City – combine and reconfigure as part of his vocabulary. Resulting from a constant, disciplined search, his drawings are guided by his hand’s intuition, which translates his references and imagination unto paper. Ink, pencil, acrylic or pastel alike serve to create images that seem to be in constant transformation, and which sometimes interlace with texts in a complex weave of connections and connotations. His sculptures, videos ad installations are a reflection of a very personal and intimate territory, that emerges from such close examination of the culture and the urban landscape that surrounds him. With a strategic and contagious sense of humor, Guzmán shares the wide range of influences he has cultivated, and through which he reflects upon his experience of the world.
Guzmán earned his BFA in 1993 from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In 2000, he was a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP, in New York. He has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Sistema Nacional de Creadores FONCA (2005); the Grant in Alternative Media FONCA (1997); and the First Place Installation Prize, ExTeresa-Espacio Alternativo (1996).
His most important solo exhibitions include: Daniel Guzmán: Chromosome Damage, Drawing Room, London, United Kingdom (2015); Daniel Guzmán: Materia Oscura, Museo de Arte de Zapopan MAZ, Zapopan and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca MACO, Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); Double Album: Daniel Guzmán and Steven Shearer, New Museum, New York, United States and Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte MUCA-UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico (2008). He has participated in the 55th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, United States (2009); the 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin, Germany (2008); the 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006); the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in Istanbul, Turkey (2005); The 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003); and The 4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2002).
His work has been included in group exhibitions at the following institutions: Museo Nacional de Arte, Guadalajara, México (2014); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, United States (2013); San Francisco State University, San Francisco, United States (2011); Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico and the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, United States (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States (2007); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (2007); Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (2006).
Daniel Guzmán currently lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.