Cisco Jimenez, Untitled, 2002
Type C print
80 x 120 cm

Born in 1969, Cisco Jiménez has been exhibiting in Mexico, Canada, United States and Europe since the early 90s. He works and lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

In 2001 he was invited to collaborate with Jimmie Durham at the 49th Venice Biennial.

Cisco Jiménez is represented by Galeria OMR in Mexico.

   Artistic Approach

Cisco Jimenez, Untitled, 2002
Type C print
80 x 120 cm
Text from Cisco Jiménez - Diagrama del Pene, Galeria Canvas, Sept. 2001, by Joao Sousa Cardoso, Porto, August 2001, translated from Spanish by José Paulo Moura

Cisco Jiménez started as a political cartoonist in the Mexican press before going on to study art in Mexico and at the Art Students League of New York.

His drawing-paintings maintain the emblematic and urged directness of a mass medium. On his collages, round intestine-like shapes are convoluted with exaggerated versions of African male or female sculptures. Most of Jiménez's work speaks of sexual aggression and fear.

   Project for the Biennale

Cisco Jiménez, Untitled, 2002
Six photos, C - prints
80 x 120 cm each
Courtesy of the artist and Galeria OMR, Mexico

Cisco Jiménez, Untitled, 2002
Courtesy of the artist and Galeria OMR, Mexico

Statement for the
3rd Biennale de Montréal
by Cisco Jimenez

"Different views are always underlying my artistic production. My work asks for numerous readings, from pragmatic to subjective ones. Therefore this photographical series of stuffed turtles gathers weird and obscure sides of human being and questions our right to recognize the latter and to exploit them. Stuffed turtles belong to Mexican handicraft even if the "carret", great carnivorous turtle living in warm waters, are endangered species.

I wanted to dress those turtles with a pathetic human appearance, so I put new heads on them such as the ones the Ecuador Indian make. They produce fake reduced heads with goatskin that look like human ones, stunningly resembling even though they are caricatures. Collectors up to the beginning of the 20th century have hunted these heads.

One day in my Cuernavaca studio, I did put one of these stuffed head done by Ecuadorian Indian on one of my stuffed turtle; the result was astonishing, and the figure was so grotesque that it was as if the head and the turtle were coming back to life. This inspired me for this series of photographs, where we see these turtles doing vital acts such as kissing, looking at oneself in the mirror or to cool off in front of a fan.

To me, those stuffed turtles, that at one point were used as decorations in middle class lounges, just like those Ecuadorian heads that we find as souvenir key holders in South American markets, are the proof of that weird and touching side of human beings, and that we find everywhere in our world under various forms."

(Translation from French : CIAC)

   Works Shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal

Cisco Jiménez, Untitled, 2002

1. Cisco Jiménez, Untitled, 2002
Six photos, C - prints
80 x 120 cm each
Courtesy of the artist and Galeria OMR, Mexico
   Solo Exhibitions (selection)
  • Diagrame del Pene, Galeria Canvas, Porto, Portugual (cat.)
  • Fatal, Figurative Attractions: or How to Achieve Enlightment, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York, USA


  • Galeria Jacob Karpio, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Chicken Pox, Death and Missing Her, Galeria Fucares, Madrid, Spain (cat.)
  • FIAC 2000, Solo Shows, Galeria OMR, Paris, France
  •    Group Exhibitions (selection)
  • La 3e Biennale de Montréal - 2002, Montréal (Québec), Canada


  • 49th Venice Biennale, in collaboration with Jimmie Durham for the project Markers, Venice, Italy
  • Cuanto tiempo vas a seguir pagando de mas?, Galeria Fucares, Almagro, Spain
  • El poder de la humanidad, Pendullum Gallery, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
  • Belleuve Museum, Seattle and the Museum of Latinoamerican Art, California, USA
  • Secreciones, Galeria Jacob Karpio, San Jose, Costa Rica


  • La Coleccion de la Fundacion Cultural Televisa, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Arts and Eats, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • Sabrosa, Jardin Borda, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Apuntes para una coleccion del siglo XXI, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, Mexico
  • Benjamin Guierrero, Cisco Jimenez, slide show, Robert Brady Museum, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Mexican Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapeste, Hungary; and the art gallery of the mexicain embassy in Berlin, Germany
  • Gabinete de Papel IV, Galerie Fucares, Almagro, Spain
  •    Publications
  • Galeria Fucares, « Cisco Jimenez - Chicken pox, death and missing her », Madrid, 2000
  • MOURA, Jose Paulo, Cisco Jimenez « Diagrama del Pene », Porto, Portugual, Galeria Canvas, 2001


      David Blatherwick

      Cai Guo-Qiang

         & Rintala


      Marcel Dzama

      Graham Gillmore

      Betty Goodwin

      Angela Grauerholz

      Daniel Guzman

      Mathew Hale

      Anton Henning

      Cisco Jiménez


      Lux Lindner

      Corinne Marchetti

      Jorge Luis Marrero

      François Morelli

      Claudia & Julia Müller

      Alain Paiement

      Bruno Peinado

      Ed Pien

      Jean-François Prost

      John Scott

      Kiki Smith

      Siphay Southidara

      Barthélémy Toguo

      Torolab (Raúl &
         Marcela Cárdenas)

      Pablo Vargas-Lugo

      (S. Scala & S. Crispino)

      Jean-Luc Verna

      Fabien Verschaere


      Michel Iorio


      Cees Krijnen



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