BIOGRAPHY

Mario Peña Güemes studied plastic and visual arts at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda.

Mario Peña Güemes studied plastic and visual arts at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda. His work is structured based on the use of objects that he calls “noble” such as toys, felt, games, balloons and design objects, with them he reflects on the social conditions that could envelop these objects to place them in contexts of violence, dismissing the primary function for which said objects were constructed, resignifying them. It takes as a reference the practices of ready made, appropriation and installation to give rise to settings, actions and interventions in the public space, participatory pieces, and object pieces.

He is especially interested in the social landscape as a trigger and generator of understanding about current problems. Through the manipulation, association and reconfiguration of signs and objects, he seeks to understand how different cultural and social processes are related to violence and how it is perceived or experienced.

He has exhibited individually at the Central Gallery La Esmeralda, Ladrón Galería and the Northwest Regional Cultural Center. He presented the short film Post Fact, “at the Botanical Garden in Culiacán. He has participated in group exhibitions in Mexico and abroad, including La Ciudad Esta Allá Afuera and Bestias Rubias, at the Sinaloa Art Museum, Looking Back: Reconstructions for the future, at the Antonio López Sáenz Art Gallery, Forced Appearances in Seville, Spain and Paris, France.

He has participated in various biennials and competitions such as the National Experimental Video Contest and the Sinaloense Plastic Show.