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Biography of Guillermo Arizta
Guillermo Arizta is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist and an extraordinary person. He was born in Mexico City in 1949. Much of his upbringing took place on the streets of Mexico City and his apprenticeship in life took place in the violent dawn of the suburban alleys and lost neighborhoods of the Mexican capital.
His nomadic nature led him to Paris in 1977, then to study architecture in California, a profession he practiced between Berkeley, Paris, Cairo, Mexico City and New York until 1984. It is in California that the young man will discover his penchant for painting. From 1983 to 1986, his marriage led him to live in New York. From 1985, he will definitively turn to painting and other visual arts media; the young artist will return, after divorce, to settle in Paris in 1986.
His first works were presented in New York and at the Art Basel in 1987 by the Kerr Gallery in New York, where his first solo exhibition was held in 1988 (The Burn paintings). Afterwards, his works were presented by various galleries and in different Art Fairs (Art-Basel, Stockholm Art Fair, Lineart-Geand, Art Multiple-Düsseldorf, Arco-Madrid, Kunst-Zurich, Art Paris, Fiac and Saga).
The artist expresses himself in many media that he likes to explore: painting, sculpture, lithography, drawing, film, installation; he even created a set design for "The Little Prince" by Saint-Exupéry with the American Group Theater. Similarly, Guillermo Arizta will realize in 2012 "Requiem for my female brushes", a video trilogy with Bernadette Lafont and Denis Lavant.The artist creates works that are often politically engaged and tinged with humor, sometimes using images that he superimposes on his actual interventions.In 1989, Guillermo Arizta collaborated with the poet Robert Marteau for the bibliophile work "Ce que Corneille crie" (Ed. Champ Vallon), with the poet Jean-François Rollon for whom he drew the cover of "La maison des mémorable" (Ed. Champ Vallon), and in 2000, with Ivan Alechine for "Les clefs de la ville" (Ed. Clot & Bramsen). In 1996, he created two large-scale murals at the "J. François Milou" Architecture Center in Paris.In Paris, he worked mainly in the Atelier Clot, Bramsen and Georges.Guillermo Arizta is fascinated by glass and many of his works are made on or from this material. There is no doubt that the transparency of glass and the light that passes through it, animating phantasmagorical forms, are the secret of his original and mysterious work.In 2014, he is one of the artists who will participate in the exhibition "Quimeras migrantes - Chimeras - Twenty Mexican artists in France" at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Paris.He has exhibited in Europe, solo and group shows, but also in the United States (Gable Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2012) and, of course, in Mexico; he exhibited for the first time in his native country in 2003 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce in Morelia, and then, in 2008-2009, at the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, at the Museo Erasto Cortés in Puebla, and at the Museo Nacional de la Estampa de Mexico.