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Rehilete para rodar by Betsabé       Romero

Tattoo Car by Betsabé       Romero

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Betsabé Romero

Tattoo Car by Betsabé       Romero


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Betsabé Romero
(b. Mexico City, 1963).

This Mexican multimedia artist studied art at the San Carlos Academy and at the National University (UNAM) in Mexico City and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France. Romero’s work refers to traditional Mexican culture and the role women play in the creation of these "folkloric" objects. Her interest in cars and they way she transforms these very masculine mechanised objects into feminine, hand crafted, domestic pieces that talk about miracles, hope, apparitions, beauty, devotion, etc. bear witness to her Mexican heritage, but invite a contemporary interpretation of globalization, gender roles and high and low art.
Her work has been shown extensively throughout Mexico. Her solo exhibits include: Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, 1999; "Sous la grisaille de México", Espace D'Art Yvomamor Palix, Paris, France, 1999. Her group exhibitions include: Museo de la Ciudad in Mexico City in the exhibition "Cinco Continentes, Una Ciudad" (Five Continents, One City), 1999.

She has exhibited her work internationally and had more than 40 one-person exhibitions including: the Absolut Biennial, Los Angeles; the Contemporary Museum of Monterrey; the Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City; and the Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York. She has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions and biennials including the InSite 97, Tijuana; Art Grandeur Nature, La Courneuve-Paris; the Habana Biennial, Cuba; the Porto Alegre Biennial, Brazil; and the San Juan Poligraphic Triennial, Puerto Rico. Betsabeé Romero is also renown for numerous monumental installations and interventions in urban communities including East Los Angeles; Chicago; Mexico City; and Toulouse, France. Her work is included in prestigious collections including the Los Angeles County Museum; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Daros Collection, Switzerland; and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, Mexico.

Curator Bill Kelley Jr spoke to the artist while in Los Angeles in 2001.

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