City of Mexico, 1987. Lives and works in City of Mexico.
The work of Cristóbal Gracia challenges the construction of a reality built by ideological and power structures imposed over time. A multidisciplinary artist, who works with a range of media, such as video, photography, sculpture, painting and installation. By the means of humour, science fiction, irony and violence. His work originates from researching historical events and their development and connection to the present day both in the social and cultural context. Often developed in public spaces, Gracia’s practice is concerned with the political, historical and social implications of the ‘monumental’. His practice also investigates economic, cultural and political perspectives, through the study of the entertainment industry’s and media’s mechanisms as a tool of control. Gracia completed his bachelor degree with honourable mention at ENPEG “La Esmeralda” and later joined SOMA’s educational program. He has been awarded with the Arte Actual BBVA - MACG scholarship and with FONCA Young Creators Scholarship. In 2012 he joins Biquini Wax, an independent platform for production, discussion and exhibition of modern and contemporary art in Mexico City. A selection of the venues which hosted his work: Casa del Lago, Hilario Galguera, Arredondo/Arozarena, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; BlainSouthern, London; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca; ESPAC, Mexico City; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin; Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He was selected for the a residency at: ViaFarini, Milan; Biennial of the Americas, Denver; Grand Union, Birmingham; Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido; The Art House, Wakefield; Lugar Común, Monterrey; Casa Nano, Tokyo; Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston. His work has been published in: Cultured, Artforum, Código, Caín, Metropolis, Art Review, ArtSlant, Marvin, Excélsior, Frente, Westword, Denver Post, Gastv and Hotbook.