Pia Camil - We will dye for you, 2008 (detail)

Pia Camil

August 16, 2013

A Mexican contemporary artist, Pia Camil is known for a multidisciplinary practice that spans painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Her work is usually associated to the Mexican urban landscape, the aesthetic language of modernism and its relationship to retail and advertising.

Camil was born in 1980 in in Mexico City, where she still lives and works. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work has been exhibited in venues all around the world, including OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Queens Museum, New York, Tramway Art Space, Glasgow, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Nottingham Contemporary, Galerie Sultana, Paris, Dallas Contemporary, Blum & Poe, New York, New Museum, New York, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Galerie Sultana, Paris, and Basque Museum Centre for Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Taking inspiration from urban and industrial forms, she reinterprets them as handmade objects to rearrange the relationship between the artist, the city and the public space as such. Recently, she has engaged in public participation as a way to activate the work and engage with the politics of consumerism.

Featured image: Pia Camil - We will dye for you, 2008 (detail). C–print. 7 9/10 × 10 3/5 in. 20 × 27 cm. Photo courtesy Galería OMR