Biography

Eduardo Terrazas

Eduardo Terrazas was born in 1936 in Guadalajara, Mexico. A founding member of the Mexican contemporary art scene, Eduardo Terrazas’s career is characterised by a dedication to his work within the fields of architecture, design, museology, urban planning, and art. As a young architect, Terrazas came to prominence as the co-designer of the logo and prevalent design elements for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The logo – traced in concentric circles – was inspired by Huichol* techniques, and set a precedent for the geometric forms that have come to define the artist’s visual language. In the 1970s, Terrazas began experimenting with the formal relationships of geometric elements through drawings. These investigations, combined with the appropriation of elements from Mexican folk art, have resulted in a unique language that navigates both contemporary art and craft traditions. For Terrazas, the application of craft is an essential ontological process, which he deems particularly poignant for the 21st century. The Huichol yarn technique, whereby coloured yarn is arranged on wax-covered boards, has been adopted by Terrazas not only for its aesthetic properties, but also due to its labour demands, which require absorption in the act, and therefore meditation within the process. Terrazas first exhibited his work in 1972 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. The following year was marked with exhibitions at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile and at the Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia. He was included in the Biennale de Paris at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1969 and in Graphics 1: New Dimensions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1970. Most recently, his work has been included in Poule! at the Fundación Jumex, Mexico City in 2012, and in the Sharjah Biennial II in 2013. In 2015, Terrazas presented solo exhibitions of his work at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, and at Timothy Taylor, London. Following a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1958, Terrazas was awarded a scholarship for a Masters in Architecture at Cornell University, New York, which he completed in 1960. In 1962 he gained his certification in Prefabricated Architecture from the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Paris. Terrazas has held positions as a lecturer in Architectural Design at Columbia University, New York from 1964 to 1965; the University of California, Berkeley from 1969 to 1970; and Cidoc, Cuernavaca in 1971.

 

 

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Solo Exhibitions

2018

Cosmos within a cosmos, Timothy Taylor, New York, USA


2017

Simplicity is the Glory of Expression, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, Denmark


2016

Eduardo Terrazas - Con tan sólo mirar…, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico


2015

Eduardo Terrazas, Timothy Taylor, London, UK
Ways of Perception, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark
Segunda Naturaleza, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico


2013

Constellations, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
The Predicament of Mankind, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark


2012

1.1.4, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico
Posibilidades de una estructura, Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico


2011

Posibilidades de una estructura, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (MASIN), Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico


1987

Multiplicaciones, in collaboration with Iván Chermayeff, Mobil Oil Company de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Museo de lo cotidiano: Ejercicios sobre la mirada, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
Museo de lo cotidiano: Ejercicios sobre la mirada, Instituto Cultural Mexicano, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Museo de lo cotidiano: Ejercicios sobre la mirada, Instituto Cultural Mexicano, El Paso, Texas, USA


1975

Sin saber que existias y sin poderte explicar, in collaboration with Arnaldo Coen, Biblioteca  Benjamin Franklin, Mexico City, Mexico


1974

Eduardo Terrazas, Fundación Eugenio Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela
Eduardo Terrazas: Paintings and “Tablas”, Tunnel Gallery, New York, USA
Eduardo Terrazas: Tablas, Casa de la Cultura, Maracay, Venezuela


1973

Eduardo Terrazas: Tablas, Knoll International, Paris, France
Eduardo Terrazas: Tablas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Eduardo Terrazas: Tablas, Suzy Langlois Gallery, Paris, France
Eduardo Terrazas: Tablas, Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia


1972

Eduardo Terrazas: Tablas, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Abstraccion Textil | Textile Abstraction, Casa Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia
The way you read a book is different to how I tell you a story, Jahn und Jahn, Munich, Germany
Saber Acomodar, Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA


2017

Margen-Borde-Orilla, PÁRAMO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Welcome Too Late, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Crooked Bazaar, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico
Lecturas de un territorio fracturado, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico


2016–17

A los artistas del mundo. El Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, México/Chile 1971-1977, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago, Chile
Nierika, the Lilly archive, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico 


2016

Folklore planétaire, curated by Arnauld Pierre, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
Architecture of Colour: The Legacy of Luis Barragan, Timothy Taylor 16x34, New York, USA
Barragán Fetichista, Estancia FEMSA, Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A los artistas del mundo. El Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, México/Chile 1971-1977, MUAC Museo Univsersitario Arte Contemporáneo (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico


2015

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, MoMA, New York, USA
10ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Now? Now!, Biennial of the Americas, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USA


2014

Platform, curated by Nicolas Trembley, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA


2013

Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


2012

Poule!, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico Casa Estudios Chile, Luis Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico
Exposición conmemora los 40 años, Museo de la Solidaridad, Chile


2011

Espacio flexible, La Quiñonera, Mexico City, Mexico
México: política y poética, Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA


2008

Diseñando México 68: una identidad olímpica, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico


2002

ABCDF, portraits d’une ville, Institut du Mexique, Paris, France


1973

Young artists ’73, Union Carbide, New York, USA


1971

Primera Bienal Americana de Artes Graficas, Museo de Arte Moderno, La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia


1970

Graphics 1 New Dimensions, MoMA, New York, USA
Exposición CFE 70, Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Mexico City, Mexico


1969

Sixième biennale de Paris, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France


1968

Word and Image: Posters from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York, USA