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BIO

Ernesto Walker (MX, 1982)

Based in Monterrey (MX). His artwork is characterized by the exploration of chance and abstraction as a way to encode and visually translate the reality around us, looking for links between what is accidental and what becomes meaningful. His academic formation is on the field of humanities, with a bachelor degree in International Relations obtained in 2006.

Until now he has 14 solo exhibitions and participated in 52 group exhibits, including exhibits at an international level in London, Brussels, Luxemburg, Athens, Switzerland, Argentina, United States Italy and Spain. Some of his artworks are part of collections in Italy, England, United States, Canada, Argentina and Mexico.
 
Among other distinctions, he is 1st place winner of the Saatchi Gallery Drawing Showdown (2011), obtained the Young Creators Fellowship from the National Arts Fund FONCA (2016), is recipient of the PACMyC fellowship given by the Arts and Culture National Council of Mexico CONACULTA (2009) as well as the FINANCIARTE production fellowship given by the State Arts Council CONARTE (2011). Since January 2011, he is professor of the School of Art, Architecture and Design of the Tec de Monterrey College.


STATEMENT

My main interest is to explore chance as the constitutive element of every discourse construction and what’s considered as true statements, trying to understand the variety of equations in which a relation is established between what’s accidental and what’s meaningful. There is an unaccountable amount of information we are accidentally exposed to in many levels, and the assimilation and systematization of all these data happens in an intrinsically subjective context in which communication and politics are decisive factors.

In my work, I look for codes and reinterpretations of everyday life as a way to obtain new sets of information and to translate all this data that surround us into alternative structures that play with the arbitrary way in which individuals work in the hands of chance.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (14)

Conflicts with the Center of the Earth | Alliance Française (03-04/17)

Law of large numbers | Alterna Art Gallery (Mexico City: 08/16)

The tip of the Iceberg | Tec de Monterrey Graduate School (04-07/16)

Binnacle | Alternativa Once Art Gallery (07-09/15)

Driving Forces | Carrillo Gil Museum of Art (Mexico City: 05 – 08/15)

Driving Forces | Vía 360° Cultural Center (01 – 02/15)

Natural Selection | Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo Leon, CONARTE (11/13 – 02/14)

No hay novedad | Distrito 14 Art Gallery (12/12 – 01/13)

Bonus Tracks | Contemporary Art Museum of Yucatan MACAY (Merida: 10/12 – 01/13)

By any chance | Arts Faculty, University of Texas Pan American (USA: 06-09/10)

Turns out | Mexico Arte Contemporaneo Art Gallery (Acapulco: 11/06)

Don’t touch | Binni Rutie’ Art Gallery (06/06)

¿Why not? | Arts Corridor, Televisa Monterrey (04/06)

Yes but no | Universidad Regiomontana (10/04)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (19 LISTED, 52 TOTAL)

Artemergente National Biennial | Centro de las Artes, Nave Generadores (03-06/17)

Resonances from the Garden of the Earthly Delights | Carrillo Gil Museum of Art (Mexico City: 05-09/16)

Mexico, the future is unwritten | Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Luciano Benetton Collection (Venice, 08/15)

Other Drawing(s) | Pinacoteca of Nuevo Leon (11/14 – 03/15)

Franc Vila Prize | Luis Adelantado Valencia Arts Gallery (Spain: 07/14)

Resolana | Tijuana Arts Center (Tijuana: 06/14)

Resolana | University of California, San Diego, Department of Visual Arts (USA: 05/14 – 06/14)

ETNIA Latin American Space | Athineans Multicultural Center (Athens: 05/13)

45º | Aldo Chaparro Art Gallery and Studio (Mexico City: 05/13)

About the ball |Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey MARCO (03/13)

Contemporary Drawing | Place Suisse Des Arts (Switzerland: 11/12)

Mexican Embassy at London Reception | Pinta Latin American Art Fair (London: 06/12)

International Drawing Showdown | Saatchi Gallery (London: 05-08/12)

ETNIA Latin American Space | Neumunster Abbey (Luxembourg: 05/12)

ETNIA Latin American Space | Espace Wallonie (Brussels: 10-11/11)

8th Puebla de los Angeles Biennial | Universidad Iberoamericana (Puebla: 10-12/11)

Second International Art Fair| University of Belgrano (Argentina: 06/06)

Like it / Don’t like it | University of Belgrano (Argentina: 05/05 – 06/06)



DISTINCTIONS

Artist in Residence | Unlisted Projects Artist in Residence Program (Austin, USA: 04/17)

National winner | Young Creators Arts Fellowship, National Arts Fund FONCA (08/16)

International Nominee | Blooom Award (Germany, 08/16)

National preselected artist | Bancomer – MACG Fellowship (08/16)

National selected artist | Arte Lumen Contest (07/16)

National selected artist | XII FEMSA Biennial (07/16)

State selected artist | Quality Artistic Development Program PIDAC, State Arts Council CONARTE (04/15)

International selected artist | Franc Vila Prize, Luis Adelantado Valencia Art Gallery (Spain: 05/14)

National selected artist| Bernardo Elosua Arts Prize, Arte A. C. Institute (08/12)

International selected artist| 100 curators, 100 days, Saatchi Gallery (London: 07/12)

State selected artist| 2012 State Review, State Arts Council CONARTE (06/12)

State selected artist | High performance Contemporary Arts Program PARAC, State Arts Council CONARTE (05/12)

State fellowship winner | Quality Artistic Development Program PIDAC, State Arts Council CONARTE (03/12)

1st place international winner | Saatchi International Drawing Showdown, Saatchi Gallery (London: 11/11)

State Fellowship winner | FINANCIARTE Production Fellowship, State Arts Council CONARTE (08/11)

International selected artist | ETNIA Latin American Art Space (Brussels: 08/11)

National selected artist | 8th Puebla Biennial, Universidad Iberoamericana (Puebla: 07/11)

State selected artist | State Review 2011, State Arts Council CONARTE (07/11)

2nd place state winner | Bernardo Elosúa Arts Prize, Arte A. C. Institute (08/10)

State fellowship winner| Quality Artistic Development Program. State Arts Council CONARTE (09/09)

National fellowship winner | PACMyC Production Fellowship, National Arts Council CONACULTA (09/09)

Jury’s Mention | International Arts Contest, University of Belgrano (Argentina: 09/05)

Public Sculpture commission | University of Belgrano (Argentina: 07/05)


STUDIES

Bachelor degree in International Relations| Tec de Monterrey Institute (07/01 – 05/06)

Student Exchange Program | University of Belgrano (Argentina: 02/05 – 08/05)

Max MSP | National Arts Center CENART (Mexico City: 06/14)

High performance Contemporary Arts Program PARAC | State Arts Council CONARTE (06/12 – 05/13)

Metalwork: Welding and fabrication | Art Students League of New York (USA: 10/09)

Digital Electronics Fundamentals | Electronics School of Monterrey (02 - 06/08)


 

 

 

 

 

 

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