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b. 1936, Mexico

Eduardo Terrazas Biography

A founding member of the Mexican contemporary art scene, Eduardo Terrazas's career is characterised by a dedication to his work within the fields of architecture, design, museology, urban planning, and art.

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As a young architect, Terrazas came to prominence as the co-designer of the logo and prevalent design elements for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The logo-traced in concentric circles-was inspired by Huichol^*^ techniques, and set a precedent for the geometric forms that have come to define the artist's visual language.

In the 1970s, Terrazas began experimenting with the formal relationships of geometric elements through drawings. These investigations, combined with the appropriation of elements from Mexican folk art, have resulted in a unique language that navigates both contemporary art and craft traditions.

For Terrazas, the application of craft is an essential ontological process, which he deems particularly poignant for the 21st century. The Huichol yarn technique, whereby coloured yarn is arranged on wax-covered boards, has been adopted by Terrazas not only for its aesthetic properties, but also due to its labour demands, which require absorption in the act, and therefore meditation within the process.

Terrazas first exhibited his work in 1972 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. The following year was marked with exhibitions at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile and at the Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia. He was included in the Biennale de Paris at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1969 and in Graphics 1: New Dimensions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1970. Most recently, his work has been included in Poule! at the Fundación Jumex, Mexico City in 2012, and in the Sharjah Biennial II in 2013. In 2015, Terrazas presented solo exhibitions of his work at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, and at Timothy Taylor, London.

Following a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1958, Terrazas was awarded a scholarship for a Masters in Architecture at Cornell University, New York, which he completed in 1960. In 1962 he gained his certification in Prefabricated Architecture from the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Paris. Terrazas has held positions as a lecturer in Architectural Design at Columbia University, New York from 1964 to 1965; the University of California, Berkeley from 1969 to 1970; and Cidoc, Cuernavaca in 1971.

Eduardo Terrazas was born in 1936 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

*Folk art and handcrafts produced by the Huichol people, who live in the states of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit in Mexico.

Text courtesy Timothy Taylor.

Eduardo Terrazas Featured Artworks

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23.9 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas23.9, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board, covered with Campeche wax
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.20 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.20, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
90 x 90 x 3.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.119 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.119, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
30 x 30 x 4.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.118 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.118, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
30 x 30 x 4.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.117 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.117, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
30 x 30 x 4.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.115 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.115, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
30 x 30 x 4.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.114 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.114, 2019Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
30 x 30 x 4.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
2.94 by Eduardo Terrazas contemporary artwork
Eduardo Terrazas2.94, 2018Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax
90 x 90 x 3.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire

Eduardo Terrazas Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ILACIONES at Timothy Taylor, New York
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6 June–26 July 2019 Group Exhibition ILACIONES Timothy TaylorNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Eduardo Terrazas, Cosmos within a cosmos at Timothy Taylor, New York
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22 February–21 April 2018 Eduardo Terrazas Cosmos within a cosmos Timothy TaylorNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Eduardo Terrazas, Solo Exhibition at Timothy Taylor, London
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4 September–3 October 2015 Eduardo Terrazas Solo Exhibition Timothy TaylorLondon

Eduardo Terrazas Represented By

Timothy Taylor contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Timothy Taylor London, New York

Eduardo Terrazas In Related Press

The geometrically-abstracted artwork of Eduardo Terrazas Related Press The geometrically-abstracted artwork of Eduardo Terrazas 23 September 2015, AnOther Magazine

Mexico-based Eduardo Terrazas’ creative mind pays no heed to generic boundaries. His work spans art, graphic design, typography, urban planning, curation and architecture, to name but a few, and like many other figures of his creative calibre, he seems to be endlessly acquiring new means with which to communicate his message. Although...

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