Tomás Ochoa

Tomas Ochoa
Ecuador, 1969.

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Tomás Ochoa is one of the most outstanding artists of the current visual scene in his country, since he has been able to work and develop his international career, as evidenced by the exhibitions in which he has participated in different continents.

Ochoa’s track dates back to the late nineties of the last century, when he practiced painting and made an extensive production of abstract paintings for several years corresponding to his series ‘Fractales’. He defined it as “reconciling objective time: the beat of natural phenomenon with the internal flow of my managed synapses.” Soon literature and philosophy provided changes in the direction of his artistic narratives and his way of conceptualizing. By enlarging the captured photographs and replacing the pixels with gunpowder, a paradox is created between bucolic landscape and threatening fire, between underlying violence and longed peace.

Studies

– Language and Literature in Cuenca University 
– Visual Arts, Division of Postgraduate Studies. UNAM – México  
– Cinematographic Direction, ECAM. Madrid – Spain – Lives and works in Switzerland and Ecuador

Solo Shows

2016

Paraíso Línea negra / Duque Arango gallery / Medellín / Colombia

2015

Espejos con memoria / Museum Pumapungo  / Host and Publisher : PRODUBANCO – Grupo Promerica / Cuenca / Ecuador

2014

La reposición del Aura / Galería La Cometa / Bogotá, Colombia

Espejos con memoria / Arte Actual Flacso  / Host and Publisher : PRODUBANCO – Grupo Promerica / Quito / Ecuador

2012

– Retrospevtive / Relatos Transversales / curated by Maria Fernanda Cartagena / Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito / Ecuador

2011

– Cineraria /Esquina Arte Contemporaneo / Madrid, Spain

2010

– Cineraria / Arte Actual / FLACSO / Quito, Ecuador

– Cineraria / Proceso Arte Contemporáneo / Cuenca, Ecuador

– Cineraria / TK Galeria d’Art / Barcelona, Spain

2009
– Virus / Katz Contemporary / Zurich, Switzerland

2008

Multitude / Miki Wick Kim Contemporary Art / Zurich, Switzerland

Indios Medievales / Centre Cultural Can Fabra / Barcelona, Spain

– Tribeca / Madrid, Spain

2005

Trans-fiction / Locus Caementitium Gallery / Cologne, Germany

2004

Ruins of the Future / Astrolavos Gallery / Athens, Greece

The Blind Castle / KurArt Gallery / San Sebastian, Spain

2002

Labyrinthi / MS Gallery / Quito, Ecuador

Estrangement / Plattform 22 / Zurich, Switzerland

2001

En Ausencia (In Absence) / Instituto Cultural de Providencia / Santiago, Chile

2000

Devenir Animal (Become Animal) / La Galería / Quito, Ecuador

1999

Devenir Animal (Become Animal), Museo de Arte Moderno / Cuenca, Ecuador

1998

Incarnation (Installation/performance) / El Pobre Diablo / Quito, Ecuador

1997

Bestiary & Heretic Procession (Performance) / Casa de las Galerías / Cuenca, Ecuador

1994

Process / Carole Jones Gallery / Chicago, USA

Process / Museum of Modern Art / Cuenca, Ecuador

1991

Transitions / David Perez MacCollum Gallery / Guayaquil, Ecuador

1990
– Hanan Urin / The French Alliance / Quito, Ecuador

Group Exhibitions

2016

– The Americas Collection Gallery/ Miami, USA

2015

– Art BO  /International Art Fair of Bogota, Columbia

2014

– Art BO  /International Art Fair of Bogota, Columbia
– ‘IB ET NUNC’  / Sobre paradojas democráticas / Barcelona, Spain

– Museo Barjola, Tiempo de Progresso / Gijón, Spain

2013

– Antioquias. Museo de Antioquia / Libres de toda mala raza / Medellín- Colombia

– Cosmovideografías. Videroarte latinoamericano/ Centro Nacional de las Artes/ México D.F

2011

Courtisane / Figures of Speech / Brussel, Belgium

2010

– Sinergias / Macuf / La Coruna, Spain

– Sinergias / Meiac / Badajoz, Spain

2009

Endgame- Blue Gold / DARB 1718 – Contemporary Art and Culture Center / Cairo, Egypt

MADATAC / Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts / Madrid, Spain

Maritime Chronicles #2 / NAIRS / curated by Sarah Zuercher / Scuol, Switzerland

Cultura, probeza y megapolis / Marcelino Botin / curated by Kevin Power / Santander, Spain

2008 – 2009

Madrid Mirada / Traveling exhibition throughout South America

2008

Low key / Marcelino Botín – Villa Iris / curated by Iria Candela / Santander, Spain

Arquetypos / MAAC (Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo) Guayaquil, Ecuador

Mao Dupla, SESC Paulista / Sao Paulo, Brazil

Madrid Mirada / Circulo de Bellas Artes/ Madrid, Spain

2007

– IKF Latin American Art Auction – Cisneros Art Foundation / Miami, USA

– Art Basel – Swiss Art Awards / Basel, Switzerland

– Scope / Basel, Switzerland

2006

– CACT – Centro d’Arte Contemporanea / Ticino, Switzerland

Stopover / Fri-Art – Centre d’Art Contemporain / Fribourg, Switzerland

Políticas del Arte – Seminarios / Múrcia, Spain

– Casa Amèrica Catalunya / Barcelona, Spain

– Swiss Film & Video Festival / Thun, Switzerland

2005

– Marcelino Botin / Santander, Spain

– Kunstmuseum Luzern / Switzerland

– Art Basel – Swiss Art Awards / Basel, Switzerland

2004

Sad Co. – The Blind Castle / Artiade / Athens, Greece

2002

Mater Materia / Palazzio Mediceo; Seravezza, Italy

2001

– Políticas de la diferencia (Politics of Difference) – Iberoamerican Art of the twentieth century; Travelling Exhibition / (by Kevin Power) / Museos de la comunidad Valenciana, España

City of Anger / Aksanat Gallery / Istanbul, Turkey

1998

Corps / Maison de la Amerique Latine / Paris, Francia

– Rahn Gallery / Zurich, Switzerland

1997

Contemporary Ecuador / Casa de America / Madrid, Spain

– Matrix (Installation) / Patrimonio Cultural / Cuenca, Ecuador

1993

Futuro Rupestre / Museo de la Academia de San Carlos / México

1992

500 Years / Traveling Exhibition / Brussels, Amberes, Binches – Belgium

1991

– Contemporary Salon of Latin American Painting / Piura, Peru

1990

Latin America Presents / National Museum of Fine Arts / Santiago, Chile

Awards

2015
– Presea José Domingo Lamar / Cuenca, Ecuador

2013
– Condecoración al Artista del año /  Cámara de Comercio de Quito, Ecuador

2004
– Marcelino Botin Award / Santander, Spain

2000

– First Prize / Salon Nacional Fundación de Guayaquil / Quito, Ecuador

1996

– Mention of Honor / V Bienal de pintura / Cuenca, Ecuador

– Mención de Honor / Salón de Octubre / Guayaquil, Ecuador

1992

– Fist Prize / Salón Nacional de Arte “Fundación Exadra” / Quito, Ecuador

1991

– Third Prize / Salón de Pintura Contemporánea Latinoamericana / Piura, Peru

1990

– Third Prize / Salón Nacional de Octubre Guayaquil / Ecuador

1989

– Scholarships Inte granted by II Bienal de Pintura de Cuenca y USIS

(United States International Services) / Washington, US

Videography

2009
– After Hitchcock – Micro Relatos / One channel video, color, sound / 4 min.

2008

Indios Medievales / One channel video, color, sound, 6 min. 16 sec.

La Casa Ideal / One channel video, color, sound, 6 min.

2007

Ariadne PF-Z26 / One channel video, color, sound, 2 min.

2006

The Myth of Sisyphus / Two channel video, color, sound, 25 min. 43 sec.

Fähre / Documentary Film / Switzerland / color, sound, 35 min.

2005

5 Dots / One channel video, color, sound, 11 min. 11 sec.

Contagion / Two channel video, color, sound, 17 min. 12 sec.

2004

6m m3–The Darkroom / One channel video, color, sound, 30 min. 6 sec.

2003

Sad Co. – The Blind Castle / Three channel video, color, sound, 25 min. 44 sec.

2002

The Mirror Project / One channel video, color, sound, 1min. 45sec

2001

The Whole Destiny by Foot / One channel video, color, sound, 6 min.