Born in Antwerpen (Belgium), 1959
Lives & works in Ciudad de México (Mexico)
Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade

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by Ulises Barreda

As an artist, Francis Alÿs uses in his work diverse techniques such as paint, installation, and video.

He often uses recycles to create objects that become themselves other objects. Through one time-lapsed shoot on the main square of Mexico City, where he often shoots, he explores human condition, behaviour, and society structures. He constantly moves around the city, observing its movement, trying to analyze it through questions.

His work can be seen as a map, perhaps because of his education as an architect. Every piece comes one after another, as a walk that draws the city in lines, as an invented place. His pieces let us see the most unknown and absurd part from our cities, from ourselves, from our World.

Alys has had solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City (1997), Musée Picasso in Antibes (2001), Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut (2002), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Projects 76, 2002), among other venues. In 1999, he produced a web project for the Dia Center for the Arts in New York. His work has also appeared in the Bienal de La Habana (1994), Biennale de Arte Three-dimensional in Mexico City (1997), Biennale Barro de America in Caracas (1998), Melbourne International Biennial (1999), Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rate of Bodies and Values at P.S. 1 in New York (2002), and Moving Pictures at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2003). Alys was a finalist for the Guggenheim Museum's 2002 Hugo Boss Prize.


    BAC! 11.0 (Forms of audiovisual) Invites us to explore notions of space and time using today's most advanced artistic technologies, allowing us to discover virtuous talents working with the genres that intrinsically employ TIME
  • VIVA Show at MOCA Seoul
    Along with the MACBA Collection show La Sombra del Habla, MMCA Seoul exhibits every Saturday of September three selections from VIVA, International tour of Videoart and Collections works, along with curatorial program Restless (E)motion.
  • VIVA Show at Hara Tokyo
    Four international Collector's choice programs
  • VIVA Show at Centre Pompidou
    International Collector's Choices Audiovisual Program
    Vital Internacional Video Art (VIVA)