The artistic practice of Karian Amaya (Chihuahua, México 1986) revolves around the notion of the encounter. Through sculpture and photography, the artist questions the dialogues and resistances that originate between matter, landscape and their social and territorial contexts. Deeply influenced by the land art and post-minimalism movements, her work is rooted in the formal and narrative encounter of raw, natural and industrial materials.
Text by Alberto Rios De la Rosa
Karian Amaya has a degree in visual arts from the University of Guadalajara and studied Mixed Media at The Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States and Europe. In 2015, she participated in the mentoring program for immigrant artists at the New York Arts Foundation. In 2016 she participated in the Biennial of the Border held at the El Paso Museum of Art. She has received numerous awards, among them, Stimuli of the artistic creation PECDA (2013-2014), the Alfaro Siqueiros Scholarship (2017) and the Grodman Legacy Grant granted by the UDG Foundation (2018) Proyecta traslados (2019), Contigo a la distancia FONCA (2020) y Programa HORIZONTES Jalisco (2020). State Council for Culture and the Arts CECA (2021-2022) in the sculpture category. Residency CASA WABI 2022. PECDA CHIHUAHUA 2022 in creators with a career in sculpture. Grodman UDG USA Repatriation Scholarship 2023.
2021 Paisajes Fracturados, Galeria Libertad, Queretaro, Qro. Curated by Alberto Rios De la Rosa
2020 CAMPOS POÉTICOS, SALON ACME, CDMX.
2019 ANALOGIES OF DISTANCE, LaSalita, New York, USA.
RUPTURAS, Proyecto Caiman, Guadalajara, Mexico. 2018 Infierno blanco, Casa Redonda Museum, Chihuahua, México. 2017 I WAS BORN IN THE DESERT, ARTERE-A arte contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico. 2015 La nothingness, JAVA PROJECT, New York, United States. Curated by Dakota Silva. 2014 What I Know About the Impossibility of Life, Diéresis Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Antoine Thelamón
2022 AFFORDANCES, MUSA MUSEUM OF ARTS, Guadalajara, México.
VOL.III PETATE PROJECT, México City.
Zona Maco 2022, La Galeria Rebelde.
RECONSTRUCCIONES, curated by Alberto Rios de la Rosa, México, city.
2021 De constantes, Paralelismos, Lanao Galeria, Mexico City.
New Works, Zona Maco by Angulo Cero Gallery, Mexico City.
Juegos, Agencia de arte, Ciudad de México. Curated by Isauro Huizar. 2020 Sueños rotos: para una arqueología contemporánea, Guadalajara 90210, Studio block M74, Ciudad de México. 2019 El futuro no es una region absoluta, ArmenDaguer gallery, Guadalajara, México.
Cambios en el paisaje, ArmenDaguer gallery, Guadalajara, México.
Bodega ACME, Archipiélago, México D.F., Mexico.
Transitante, Collective exhibition at Casa Pajarito, Guadalajara, Mexico. Organized by Galeria Chica and curated by Alejandra Munguia. 2018 Oficio y Materia, Museum of Art of Zapopan MAZ, Andador 20 de Noviembre No.166, Zapopan, Jalisco. Mexico. Curated by Viviana Kuri Haddad. 2017 Rituales de la indolencia, Cuadro 22 Gallery, Chur, Switzerland. 2016 INDOCUMENTADOS, ROYAL PALM BEACH- ART BASEL MIAMI, Miami, United States. Curated by Miriam Villaseñor. Sálvese quien pueda, Museo de la Ciudad, Guadalajara, Mexico. PROMETEO, Museo de arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Jorge Tejeda 2015 Bienal El Paso/Juarez, El paso museum of contemporary art. El paso, United States. A FALSE HORIZON: ART FROM LATIN AMERICA, Chelsea, New York, United States. Curated by Ana Escoto. Salón Acme , Archipiélago, México D.F., Mexico. 2014 Wythe Hotel, Wythe Hotel Show, New York, United States. This Event May Be Occurring In Another Context , La Fabrica Gallery , New York, United States. El no hacer, Contemporary art museum MAC8, Aguascalientes, Mexico. 2013 No need for prophecies, Diéresis Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Humberto Moro Arte careyes, La Brignonesca Gallery, Careyes, Mexico. Curated by Humberto Moro Tinnitus y fosfenos, Museo de arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Viviana Kuri 2012 UNM2 Young artist fair, Demetria Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Humberto Moro. 2011 Mirages, Casa Redonda Museum, Chihuahua, Mexico. Exhibition of visual arts students organized by UNESCO, Capilla Tolsa, Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico.