Luis Xertu (Luis A. Rios-Zertuche Mexico City, 1985). After graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2009), his independent work was shown at the Dutch pavilion of the Biennale in Venice, as well the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and art and theater festivals in the Netherlands.
"I believe in the ability of an art piece to transport it’s viewer into a meditative state. Through my work I strive to provide that trigger by carefully and slowly building a relationship between the work and the viewer that is as intimate as it is fragile."
He has been nominated for the Royal Award for Modern Painting 2019, and was awarded the Audience Prize.
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Exhibitions, Performances, and Installations
2020 – Tropicana / Pottage Foundation Rotterdam, NL - Group exhibition
2020 – TORCH Gallery Amsterdam, NL - Solo exhibition
2019 – Royal Palace Amsterdam, NL - Group exhibition 'Royal Award for Modern Painting 2019'
2019 – Cinédanse Ottawa 2019, CA - Screening of the film 'Ecclesiastes'
2019 – WTC Rotterdam Gallery, NL - Group exhibition 'An Unexpected View'
2018 – Gloss Gallery Tel Aviv, IL - Solo exhibition
2017 – De Kracht van Rotterdam, NL
2016 – LifeisArt Gallery, BE
2016 – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, NL - Performative Intervention 'To Come Between'
2016 – De Kracht van Rotterdam, NL
2016 – Frans Masereel Centrum, BE
2016 – Sismo Gallery, MX
2016 – Galerie Partners Rotterdam, NL
2016 – Moving Futures, NL - Performance of 'The Fool' throughout several theaters in The Netherlands.
2015 – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, NL - 'Durational Dance Object' during 24 Uur Cultuur festival.
2015 – Festival Why Not, NL - Screening of the film 'Ecclesiastes'.
2014 – De Aanschouw Gallery, NL
2012 – Galeria Patricia Bernal, MX
2011 – La Biennale di Venezia, IT - Photo-installation during the Carnevale dei ragazzi festival.
2010 – Galerie Chinaski, NL
2009 – Centrum Beeldende Kunst in Rotterdam, NL
2009 – Rietveld Academy, NL
2008 – Kaap Biennale, NL
2008 – Tweetakt TheaterFestival, NL
2008 – Culturele Zondag Utrecht, NL
Education / residencies
2015 – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, NL with Dancing Museums
2015 – Frans Masereel Centrum, BE
2007/09 – (BFA) Diploma in Audiovisuele kunst, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam.
2005/07 – Illustratie, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht.
2004 – Visual Arts, La Esmeralda - National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking, Mexico City.
2011/12 – Artemis Academy - Digital Communication
Concept development for film and performance
2017 – VPRO documentary Vieze Film, NL with Robin Vogel
2014/17 – Sabine Groenewegen, NL
2016 – Dansateliers Rotterdam, NL
2015 – Dansateliers Rotterdam, NL
2014 – Nederlandse Dansdagen, Performing Gender, Dansateliers Rotterdam, NL
2013/14 – Dansateliers Rotterdam