Mexico City, Mexico, 1980.
Lives and works in Mexico City

Pia Camil was born in 1980 in Mexico City, where she continues to live and work. Her work has been shown in Mexico, Colombia, France and the U.S. Camil received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and her Master’s of Fine Arts from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2009, she formed El Resplandor, a performance-based band. She has received awards including the European Honors Program, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy in 2001 and she was nominated for The Paul Hamlyn Award, London in 2008. Camil’s work is in the permanent collection of La Colección Jumex, la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Wattis Museum amongst others. Her solo exhibitions include “The little dog laughed” at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, “Entrecortinas: abre, jala, corre” at OMR Gallery, Mexico City, “Espectacular Telón” at Sultana Gallery, Paris, and “Cuadrado Negro” at the Basque museum-center of contemporary art in Spain.

Through her work Pia Camil has shown a proclivity to failure or the decaying associated to the mexican urban landscape, aspects of modernist culture and traces of art history. Her practice has explored the urban ruin – including paintings and photographs of halted projects along Mexico’s highways (highway follies); abandoned billboards that become theatre-like curtains therefore theatricalizing failed capitalist strategies (espectaculares), or the problems and contradictions that arise when engaging with iconic art works (No A trio A or Cuadrado Negro).

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Education

2008
Master of Fine Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.

2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Selected Solo Exhibition

2015
Pia Camil, CAC, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

2014
The little dog laughed, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, USA.
Entrecortinas: abre, jala corre, OMR Galería, Mexico City, Mexico.

2013
Espectacular Telón, Sultana Gallery, Paris, France.
Cuadro Negro, part of the program Mutatis Mutandis in Artium, Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art. Victoria, Spain.

2010
Lost In You (A Performance That Never Happened), open studio performance, Mexico City, Mexico.

2009
El Resplandor, El 52 (project space and residence program ran by OMR Gallery), Mexico City, Mexico.

2005
Retar a la muerte sosteniendo la respiración bajo el agua (in collaboration with Carlotta Manaigo), Proyectos Monclova, Ciudad de México, México.

2004
Pensando en Ti (Thinking of You), permanent intervention in public parking lot, Mexico City, Mexico.

2003
Cuantos Cuentos Cuentas , Temporary gallery space, Mexico City, Mexico.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Frieze Projects 2015, Frieze New York, United States.
Pia Camil, Pablo Helguera, Pedro Reyes, MIMA, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom.

2014
Ir para volver, 12th Biennale of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
Arroz Sem Sal, Silvia Cintra Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli.

2013
Draft Urbanism, Biennal of the Americas. Denver, Colorado Curated by Carson Chan.
No A Trio A, “En casa” project a La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain. Curated by Luisa Fuentes Guaza.
Horizontal, La Central gallery. Bogota, Colombia.

2012
Popo de Paris, Sultana Gallery, Paris, France.
Arteba, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2011
Solo Projects Art-Rio, International Contemporary Art Fair of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil curated by Pablo León de la Barra and Julieta Gonzalez.
El Grito, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), Spain. Curated by Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy and María Inés Rodríguez
Zona Maco Sur, Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa.
Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala. Curated by Beatriz Lopez.

2010
El Resplandor performance, Miami Art Basel, Creative Time and Tamayo Museum programming for Ocean Front, Miami, FL, USA.
Sin techo está pelón, curated by Michel Blancsubé.  A selection of work from La Colección Jumex.* Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico.
Draw, Museo de la Ciudad de México, An exhibition curated by Erik Foss, Curse Mackey and Miguel Calderón, Mexico City, Mexico.
El Resplandor, Museo Experimental Eco, Mexico City, Mexico.
MACO, Contemporary Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico.

2009
Artbo, La Central, Colombia.
There are false problems…, Proyectos Monclova, Monterrey, Mexico.
Resplandor, El 52 Gallery Space, Mexico City, Mexico.
[sic], OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
Names and Places, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
This is not an invitation, it’s a presentation, curated by Pia Camil in collaboration with Stefan Brüggemann, El 52 Gallery Space, Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Pia Camil and Stefan Brüggemann.

2008
Illumination, an Interval project, Manchester, UK.
Lanzarote, Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK.
Post Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.
Woburn Studios, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.
Croyances Quotidiennes, Palais Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France.*
Kate Moss Drawings, Galería de Arte Mexicano, in collaboration with artist Stefan Brüggemann, Mexico City, Mexico. In collaboration with Stefan Brüggemann.
Taenu, TactileBOSCH Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

2007
Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.
Eventos Sociales, Mexican Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
Trace: Recent Works From Slade Post-Graduates, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.
Turtle, Woburn Studios, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.

2006
Fire and Ice, drawing study, Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
MACO Art Fair, Nina Menocal Gallery Stand, Mexico City, Mexico.
Cinco: A Multi-Media Exhibition From Five Contemporary Mexican Artists, Black Book Magazine, New York City, NY, USA.

2005
To Challenge Death by Holding Your Breath Underwater, Proyectos Monclova Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
Morir de Amor, MUCA, UNAM (National Autonomous University Museum of Contemporary Art), Mexico City, Mexico.*

2004
El Sueño de la Razón, Collaborative drawing with Andrea Crews for Localismos, Mexico City, Mexico.
San Valentín Señorial, audio installation, Hotel Señorial, Mexico City, Mexico.

2003
Painting show, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Fresh (Wall drawings), Carr Haus Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

2001
YIA (Young International Artists), Centro Culturale Rialto Santo Ambrogio,  Rome, Italy.
Winter and Spring Exhibitions, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy.

Residencies

2015
Monteverdi Tuscany, Castiglioncello de Trinoro, Italy.

Catalogue publications

Sin techo esta pelon, Coleccion Jumex exhibition catalogue, 2010.
Creencias Cotidianas, Exhibition catalogue, 2008.
Morir de Amor, Exhibition catalogue, 2005.

Awards

2008
Nominated for The Paul Hamlyn Award, London.

2001
European Honours Program, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy.