Born in 1980 in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico


Gabriel Rico’s work is characterized by the interrelation of seemingly disparate objects. A self-proclaimed “ontologist with a heuristic methodology,” Rico pairs found, collected, and manufactured materials to create sculptures that invite viewers to reflect on the relationship between humans and our natural environment. He frequently uses neon, taxidermy, ceramics, branches, and more personal pieces of his past to create an equation or formulation, achieving a precise geometry despite the organic, roughly hewn character of his materials. His installations ironically and poetically combine natural and unnatural forms, insisting on a necessary contemplation of their asymmetry as well as our own cultural and political flaws. 


1999 - 2004
- ITESO (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente), Guadalajara, Mexico, BA in Architecture 

solo shows

- Nature Loves to Hide, Perrotin, Paris, France

- The Stone, the Branch and the Golden Geometry, Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
- The Discipline of the Cave, Aspen Art Museum, curated by Heidi Zuckerman, Aspen, CO

- One Law for the Lion & Ox is Opression, Perrotin, New York 
- PROXIMIDAD (Gabriel Rico and Jeffrey Gibbons), Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara, Mexico; The Power Station, Dallas, TX
- DEAD DEAD LIVE DEAD, curated by Julio Morales, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

- VIS VIVA, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan-do, South Korea

- B @ V, Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
- ZEA MAYS, curated by Vivana Kuri, MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico

- CREATIO EX MATERIA, Gallery Cuadro22, Chur, Switzerland
- B @ V, Ex Escuela de Cristo, Aguascalientes, Mexico
- La Cuchara & El Ladrillo, Public libraries Virgilio Barco & El Tintal, Bogota, Colombia
- SUPERPOCICION, the Museum of the City, Guadalajara, Mexico

- B @ V, CEART Centro de arte Tomas y Valiente, Madrid, Spain
- B @ V, curated by Guillermo Santamarina and Itala Schmelz, MASIN (Sinaloa Museum of Art), Culiacan, Mexico

- Lo que me da forma... Lo que me contiene, Curro & Poncho Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Elevando el espacio a la dignidad de atributo de dios, Gallery Jesus Gallardo at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico

- Todas las formas de arte en una misma entidad, La Vitrina, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Dela IM, Laboratorio CV930, Museum of Arts at the University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Paisajes Universales No.5, curated by Abraham Cruz Villegas, Wall project at Café Benito Sala Juárez, LARVA, Guadalajara, Mexico

group shows

- Recover / Uncover, MASA Galería, Mexico City, Mexico 
- Take me to, Max Goelitz, Munich, Germany.
- Momentum, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, the Netherlands
- The Quintessence of Consciusness’, Curated by Degard, The Royal College of Art, South Kensigton, London, United Kingdom
- Instantánea 2020, Curated by Geovana Ibarra and organized by Rayo de Jalisco, Antigua Fábrica KODAK, Zapopan, Mexico

- No Church in the Wild, Curated by Hiram Constantino, Otro Espacio, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Doble Filo: Geografias y Palabras, curated by Felix Suazo, Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
- Flora/Fauna, curated by Calli Moore, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, New York
- May You Live In Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, curated by Ralph Rugoff, Venice, Italy 
- Golden Hour, curated by Ingrid Brochard, Le Musée Mobile Nouvelle Génération (MuMO), Lille, France 
- Room for Failure, curated by Omar López-Chahoud, Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami, Florida
- Presque Rien, curated by Marie-Paule De Vil & Peter De Meyer, Geukens & De VIl Gallery, Antwepen & Knokke, Belgium
- Nature Morte / Nature Vivante, Centre d'Innovation et de Design au Gran Horny, Belgium 
- Estar Vivo é o Contrário de Estar Morto, Curated by Guilherme Blanc and Luísa Saraiva, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Portugal 
- The Unbearable Impermanence of Things, Curated by Libby Barbee, Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA
- BUSCH Magazine first edition, Berlin Avus Tribüne, Berlin, Germany
- Good Moves, The Power Station, Dallas, Texas, USA 

- Unstable Stillness, Perrotin, Hong Kong, China
- CONFIGURATIONS, curated by Claudia Paetzold, IKLAB, Tulum, Mexico 
- Cycles of Collapsing Progress, curated by Karina El Helou and Anissa Touati, Rashid Karami International, Tripoli, Lebanon
- Mrs. Spring Fragrance, COMA Gallery, Sydney, Australia
- Almost Solid Light: New Work From Mexico, curated by Mario Navarro, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, New York
- Le Sud BB, curated by Anissa Touati, Hangar J1, Marseille, France 
- Rooftop Playground, selection by Constance Breton and Michael Fuchs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
- Supersimetrica, Matadero, Madrid, Spain

- Vecinos, CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, California
- Kitchen Debate, curated by Paulina Ascencio, Rawson Projects, New York, New York
- Chingaderas Sofisticadas, curated by Esthella Provas and Samantha Glaser, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, California
- Coalescence, curated by Ericka Hirugami, Curator Love, Los Angelas, EUA
- Art Laguna Prize, Nappe Arsenale, Venice, Italy
- The QUEENS falls, curated by Anissa Touati and Marc-Olivier Wahler, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
- DIY Fiction, curated by Jeovana Ibarra, Arte Careyes, Costa Careyes, Mexico

- 52 Paisaje recientes, curated by Paulina Ascencio, Calosa Foundation, Irapuato, Mexico
- ¿Como te voy a olvidar?, curated by Peggy Leboeuf and Anissa Touati, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- The Spring Exhibition 2016, Charlottenborg Fonden, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words, curated by Alejandro Almanza, Present Co., New York, New York
- Reconstrucción, an Abraham Cruzvillegas Project, MAZ Museum, Zapopan, Mexico.

- The Empty Fox Hole, Hisk, Gent, Belgium
- Fall Out, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, Michigan
- 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Seoul, South Korea
- Map of the New Art, Fundazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy
- Sure, Baby, Mañana, curated by Paulina Ascencio, Arte Careyes, Costa Careyes, Mexico
- Artesano / Artista 3.0, CECUT, Tijuana, Mexico

- Artesano / Artista 3.0, Museum Reyes Meza, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
- Artesano / Artista 3.0, Museum Caja Real, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
- Leviatán, Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano (MURA), Guadalajara, Mexico
- Presentando lo irrepresentable, Curro y Poncho, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Artesano / Artista 3.0, curated by Walther Boelsterly, Museum of Popular Arts (MAP), Mexico City, Mexico
- Coup de Ville - Attracted by another level, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, St. Nikklas, Belgium
- Festival de Arte Careyes, curated by Humberto Moro, Galerie La Brignonesca, Mexico
- Tinnitus & fosenos, curated by Viviana Kuri and Carlos Ashida, MAZ Museum of Art Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Manifest Aanwezig, Castle Aspremont-Lynden , Oud Rekem, Belgium.
- Play panopticon, SASG (Seoul Art Space Geumcheon), Seoul, South Korea

- Compilación del archivo bastardo, La Galería del Comercio, Mexico City, Mexico
- Don & Látigo, Sala Juarez, LARVA en Guadalajara, Mexico
- Shadowing cities, curated by Fiona Weir and Ans Kanen, Ruimte in beweging, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
- Lightworks, Grimsby Minster, London, United Kingdom.
- Grange Gardens Sculpture Project, GALERIE 8, London, United Kingdom.

- Tenemos tanto tiempo y tan poco que hacer, CAM, Zapopan, Mexico.
- Totem, Tree amigos, Abarrotera Mexicano, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Firulais, curated by Cirstián Silva, Museo de la Ciudad, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Matemática discretas, Tree amigos, Av. Vallarta 1835 Int.2, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Las mujeres de mi padre, curated by Cristián Silva, Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Dios, Tree amigos, Chapultepec 70 depto. 10, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Mexican Modern Art, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
- Sindicato de Hong Kong, curated by Jorge Méndez Blake, Segundo Piso, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Mashbank, Tree Amigos, Simon Bolivar 1680, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Xoconoxtle, Proyecto liga, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Quadrophoniadelayentropicjaicu, Tree amigos, Panteón de Belén,, Guadalajara, Mexico

- Siete en la mira, La casa de la Tía Tina, Mexicali, Mexico
- IX Salón de la Hipermodernidad, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Tree amigos presenta, Gallery teu Lloc, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Lo-tec, Galerry Haus der Kunst, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Natural born killer, Taller colectivo G, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Turista, Interventions to the city, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

- Invocarte 04, within the activities of the Festival Cervantino at Guanajuato, Mexico

public collections

Arizona Art Museum (ASU), Phoenix, AZ, USA
ArtNexus Foundation, Colombia & USA 
Associated collection Centro de Arte Tomas & Valiente/Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Associated collection Charpenel, MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico
FMC (Frans Mesereel Centrum), Kasterlee, Belgium
Korean Ceramic Fundation (KOCEF), Seoul, South Korea
MASIN (Museo de Arte de Sinaloa), Culiacan, Mexico
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, USA 
Taguchi Art Collection, Japan
Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar, Netherlands


- BAR Beirut Art Residency, Lebanon
- ASU Art Museum & CALA Alliance, Pheonix, Arizona

- Young creators anual fellowship PECDA, (Fondo Estatal para la Cultura & las Artes), Jalisco, Mexico
- Annual program of residencies for international artist 2015/2016, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Seoul, Korea

- Bursary for artists, The Ténot Fondation , France
- Proyecta 2014, award for production, Secretary of Culture of the state of Jalisco, Mexico
- Annual residency program for artistic research and production. 2014, Marnay Art, Science & Technology Center (CAMAC) & Ténot Fundation, Marnay sur Seine, France
- Binational Artist Residencies Program 2014, National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) Mexico & the Ministry of Culture of Colombia., Bogota, Colombia

- Annual Research Residency Program @, Frans Mesereel Centrum., Kasterlee, Belgium

- DMZ Intaernational Peace Residency., Dongguk University, The border area near the DMZ Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do., Korea, Republic Of
- Annual residency program of the SASG. 2012, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, Republic Of Korea

- Suport program for production -Anual Award- Prince Claus Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

- Young creators anual fellowship, FECA (Fondo Estatal para la Cultura & las Artes), Jalisco, Mexico
- Artis Village , WARP contemporary art plataform, St. Nikklass, Belgium


- IKLab, Tulum, Mexico
- Lecture with Roland McCook, President of the Native American Cultural Programs, Aspen Art Museum, USA

- T’s Talk, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- The Battery, San Francisco, CA, USA

- Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
- Gallery Perrotin in conversation with Julio Morales, EUA
- Parsons The New School for Arts, USA
- ASU Arizona Art Museum, USA
- MAZ Zapopan Art Museum, Mexico

- Arts University of Aguascalientes, Mexico
- Flora Arts + Natura, Colombia

- WARP Contemporary Art Platform, Belgium

- Laboratorio Jorge Martínez, Mexico
- Seoul Art Space Geumcheong, South Korea

Gabriel Rico - Mural, From the series Reduccion objetiva orquestada (2016-2021)- poster standard

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Gabriel Rico "One Law for The Lion & Ox is Oppression", Perrotin New York

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Talk between Gabriel Rico and curator Julio Cesar Morales on the occasion of the exhibition "One Law for The Lion and Ox is Oppression" at Perrotin New York Thursday November 23, 2017