Milena Muzquiz’s works provide a direct encounter with her wit and her engagement with personal narratives and memories. Her paintings of women surrounded, if not enveloped, by ﬂower blossoms, are recollections of memories of places, oozing with nostalgia. Viewers are invited to share her reminiscences of a semi-imaginary world, recalling her Tijuana birthplace and childhood vacations. The artist’s images and motifs feel familiar, rendered in expressionist brushstrokes.
Performance is an essential aspect of many of Muzquiz’s artistic projects, one of them was the group Los Super Elegantes, which she founded with Martiniano López Crozet in the nineties; this became a combination of installation, video art and music, which circulated in both institutional spaces such as museums and art fairs, but also in music festivals around Latin America. The artists referenced the fantasy of music understood as mass entertainment as a moldable and open possibility; Muzquiz will reﬂect this afterwards in her individual work by altering the dynamics of the exhibition space, incorporating performative and participative aspects.
Milena Muzquiz trained at the California College of Fine Arts, San Francisco and then completed an MFA at the Art Centre College of Design, Pasedena, tutored by conceptual artist Mike Kelley.
She has presented solo exhibitions at: Travesía Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico (2022); David Gill Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2019); Paciﬁc Standard Time: LA/LA, lead by the Getty Foundation (2017); Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain (2017, 2014); Travesía Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico (2014); Pantaleone Gallery, Palermo, Italy (2010); Interior Projects, Los Angeles, United States (2008); and Deitch Projects, New York, United States (2000).
She has also taken part in group exhibitions in museums and biennales including: Bohossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium (2017); La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (2016); Dickinson Gallery, New York, United States (2016); Peter Kilchmann (2015); 6th Liverpool Biennial (2010); 28th São Paulo Biennale (2008); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, United States (2007); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States (2006).
The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.