Yoshua Okón was born in 1970 in Mexico City, Mexico, where he currently lives and works.
Yoshua Okón was born in Mexico City in 1970 where he currently lives and works. The artist blends mediums, including video, installation, and performance, in order to engage the viewer in a dialogue concerning the complexity of contemporary society. His work is like a series of near-sociological experiments, a humorous provocation, executed for the camera in which he blends staged situations, documentation, and improvisation in order to question habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality.
In 1994, he founded La Panadería, an artist-run space in Mexico City. In 2002 Okón received an MFA from UCLA with a Fulbright scholarship. His solo shows include: Colateral at MUAC in Mexico City (2017), Miasma, Testsite, Austin TX, USA. (2016) Yoshua Okón: Octopus, Artspace, Sydney, Australia.(2016) ,Yoshua Okón: In the Land of Ownership Asakusa, (2016) Tokyo, Japan, Oracle, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, USA, (2015), Kurashiki University of the Science and the Arts, Okayama, Japan(2014),Octopus, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles,USA (2011);HH, Baró, Sau Paulo, Brazil (2011); Yoshua Okón: 2007-2010, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2010); Ventanilla Única, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2009); Canned Laughter, Viafarini, Milan, Italy (2009); SUBTITLED, Städtische Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany (2008); Bocanegra, The Project, New York, USA (2007); Gaza Stripper, Herzeliya Museum, Herzeliya, Israel (2006); Cockfight, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy (2003); Oríllese a la Orilla, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland(2002). Okón’s group exhibitions include: Amateurs, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, USA (2008); Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2008) The Age of Discrepancy, MUCA, Mexico City, Mexico (2007); Adaptive Behavior, New Museum, New York, USA (2004); Terror Chic, Spruth/Magers, Munich, Germany (2003); The Virgin Show, Wrong Gallery, New York, USA (2003); Mexico City: an exhibition about the exchange rates between bodies and values, PS1, MoMA, New York, USA (2002) and Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany (2002). The artist has also participated in: California-Pacific Triennial, New Port Beach, USA (2013); Mercosur Biennale, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2005); Torino Triennale, Turin Italy (2005); Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey (2003); ICP Triennale, New York, USA (2003) and California Biennale, OCMA, USA (2008 and 2002)
Yoshua Okón’s work is in important collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia;Tate Modern, London, England; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA. & Paris, France; Blanton Museum Collection, Austin, USA; Collection Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland; Colección Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Spain; CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA; Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA; MALI, Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru; MUAC, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, USA.