Mauricio Limón

BIO

Born in Mexico City 1979, Lives and works in CDMX.

Mauricio Limón de León is a multifaceted artist whose work displays a diversity of media and critical approaches that examine the intricate weavings of identity, politics, culture and humor within contemporary art. His artistic practice, which encompasses sculpture, graphics, photography, performance, video and painting, is characterized by his ability to integrate and confront varied discourses and aesthetics, generating thought-provoking spaces for reflection and critique, often employing satire as a tool.

Limón de León stands out for his ability to navigate and question authenticity and cultural representation, using masks as a critical means to investigate the dynamics of the global and informal art market. His collaborations with Wixárican artists Josefina Venegas and Ramón Carrillo extend this exploration into the production of objects using artisanal techniques, highlighting the transmission of knowledge and the tension between the art object and commercialization.

His investigative journey also extends into the realms of ethnology, urbanity, sexuality, and power dynamics, explored through collaborative research grounded in psychoanalysis. This long-term engagement with individuals on the fringes of society—people who navigate their existence outside of conventional norms—has been a rich source of inspiration. Limón de León is attracted to the resilience, creativity, and knowledge these communities cultivate, which, in turn, deeply influence his artistic process.

His work has been exhibited in Museums such as: Marres, Maastricht, NL, 2024; Museo Cabañas, GDL, MX, 2023; Museo Universitario del Chopo, CDMX, 2019,2013; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, CDMX, 2019,2006; Eye Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 2016; Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, UR, 2014; Museo Tamayo, CDMX, 2014; Casa del Lago, CDMX, 2014; KunstMuseum Bonn, DE, 2013; San Francisco Art Institute, US, 2011; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid, 2010; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, US, 2010; Museo de Arte Moderno, CDMX, 2009. As well as in galleries; Ellen de Brujine Projects, Amsterdam; Pequod.co, CDMX; Wild-Palms, Dusseldorf, DE; Galería Hilario Galguera, CDMX; Y-Gallery, NY; among others. In recent years his work has been included in public and private collections such as the Kunstpalast Graphics Department Collection, Dusseldorf; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, CDMX; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, CDMX; Frank Demaegd Collection, BE; Oehmen Collection, DE; ESPAC; MX and Alain Servais Collection, BE.

He has curated exhibitions at El cuarto de máquinas, Museo Experimental el ECO and Museo de Historia Natural, Mexico City; Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

He has been finalist of the Future Generation Art Prize of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, recipient of the FONCA Young Creators grant and the annual grant of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

He has been artist-in-residence at Fondation Fiminco, Paris; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido; Casa Gallina, Mexico City.

Mauricio Limon Leon is represented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam), Pequod.CO (Mexico) and Wild-Palms (Düsseldorf)

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