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Soup, Cosmos & Tears
A project by Daniel Guzmán

Employing a minimalist exhibition stratagem, Mexican artist Daniel Guzmán here refers to the one certainty in life: that we are all going to die. With a wide-ranging yet precise vision of international underground culture, the six works gathered here relate to figures who have been major sources of inspiration for the artist, including Tezcatlipoca, one of the Aztec gods closest to human beings.


Curator: Michel Blancsubé


From June 18

Helen Escobedo Gallery



Daniel Guzmán (1964, Mexico City). A voracious reader and incurable music lover who absorbs and reorders his literary and musical references, his work also involves autobiographical allusions.

Comics and cartoons, pre-Hispanic iconography, tabloid newspaper articles and photographs—traces of the everyday life of the artist in Mexico City—are all combined and reconfigured as part of his vocabulary.


His drawings are the result of a constant, disciplined search, guided by the intuition of the hand that translates the imagination and references of the artist onto paper using ink, pencil, acrylic or pastel to create images that sometimes combine with texts to form a weave of connections and connotations.


His sculptures, videos and installations are the reflection of a personal and intimate territory that emerges as a consequence of examining the urban landscape and the culture in which he works.


With a strategic and infectious sense of humor, the artist shares the huge range of influences he has cultivated, through which he reflects on his own experience of the world. He currently lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Guzmán studied at the National School of Visual Arts, part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He won a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP, in New York (2000). He was awarded a grant from the FONCA’s National System of Creators (2005); the Alternative Media grant, also from FONCA (1997); and won first place at the Second Installation Competition organized by Ex Teresa-Espacio Alternativo (1996).


His most significant exhibitions include: Daniel Guzmán: Chromosome Damage, at Drawing Room, London, UK (2015);Daniel Guzmán: MateriaOscura, at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; and at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); Double Album: Daniel Guzmán and Steven Shearer, atThe New Museum, New York, and at the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes, MUCA-UNAM, Mexico City (2008).










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Daniel Guzmán. I.S. 2006, Colección Jumex.



Daniel Guzmán, ¿Quién nos encierra atemorizados en el tiempo?, 2012 (detalles). Collages. Cortesía del artista y kurimanzutto, México.



Daniel Guzmán, ¿Quién nos encierra atemorizados en el tiempo?, 2012 (detalles). Collages. Cortesía del artista y kurimanzutto, México.





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