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Eduardo Terrazas

Eduardo Terrazas was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1936.

Terrazas is a prominent artist of Mexican contemporary art since the 1970s. Having trained as an architect, it was during the 1960s that he started to develop the precepts of his production, among which his particular fusion of local artisanal techniques and concepts rooted upon modern practices stands out. During that time, he became renowned for being the co-designer of the logo and the design trends of the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games. Inspired by Huichol visual culture, this work set the precedent for the geometric forms that would define his artistic language.

Understanding geometry as a way to explain and understand nature, Terrazas has developed a multiplicity of connections between abstraction and contemporary indigenous visualities. The precision and methodical quality of artisanal work gives technical foundations back to artistic practice, in which the first step in production is a mastery of making and materials; by integrating with a perspective whose departure point is contemporary art, oriented by novelty and the questioning of art’s principles, the result is an oeuvre that reflects the world in unique manners.

His work is part of the permanent collection of important institutions such as: Jumex Foundation, Mexico City; University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City; Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico; Loui Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA- architecture and design), New York; The Art Institute of Chicago, United States; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eduardo Terrazas currently lives and works in Mexico City.