Cesar Cornejo is an interdisciplinary artist and activist, whose work deals with the relationship between art, architecture and society. He has been influenced by the experience of living and working in Peru, Japan, England and the U.S. He is the founder of Puno MoCA.
Have been selected to attend the Bellagio Center of The Rockefeller Foundation as an artist in residency in May 2019, Italy.
Have been selected to attend this mid career artists residency program, managed by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, in June 2019, Ménerbes, France.
The Body Says: I am a Fiesta, at the Norton Museum of Art, curated by Lesley Wolff, Oct 4 2019 to Mar 3 2020, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Residency November 2018 to April 2019, Berlin, Germany.
George and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture, 2018, project: Somber Monuments.
The Project for the Puno Museum of Contemporary Art is a project by Peruvian artist Cesar Cornejo that redefines the traditional conception of Museum, to transform it into an institution based in the community both administratively and resource wise.
Works that are inspired on the trepanations carried out the old Peruvian culture Paracas, which was also known for elongating the skulls of their elite classes. It raises awareness about social issues in Latin America, where large migration overpopulate the capital cities, enlarging the administrative heads of their countries.
Interactive installation featuring the project Puno MoCA, replicas of a room from a house in Puno were recreated, one in raw state and the other conditioned as a gallery space. It featured sculptures, paintings and photos. Galeria Lucia de la Puente, Lima 2010.
Work that explores the relationship between museums and underserved urban areas, the work represented a shanty town and on top of the roofs lays the photo of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, which is only visible as a reflection on a mirror suspended on top of the installation. Contemporary Art Museum of the University of South Florida.
Interactive installation based on concepts of Zen architecture and the book in Praise of the Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. People are able to walk through the piece interacting with each other. It was made while attending the PhD in Fine Arts program at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, 2003.
Puno MoCA installation at a private home in Casa Blanca, Havana, Cuba, made for the XII Havana Biennial. The piece acknowledged the history of the family who used to own four ferryboats that were used to carry people across the bay, until the revolution nationalized them. Havana, Cuba, 2015.
Homage to nine students and one professor from the National University of Education, “La Cantuta, in Lima, Peru, who were kidnapped and killed by a death squad of the Peruvian Army in 1992. It is also a memorial to all the victims violence during the years of terrorist war in Peru. Gallery Artco, Lima, 2005.
Work that addressed the state of education in Latin America, where the state policies don't seem to match the population needs. It was made with school chairs from schools in Maracaibo, Venezuela and was presented at the V Bienal del Barro, curated by Martin Sanchez. Museo Lia Bermudez, 2004.
Solo exhibition that addressed issues related to lack of communication in the family. I used furniture from my family house in Lima. The piece also explored the concept of Anti-Architecture. Presented at the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute Art Gallery in Miraflores, Lima, 2005.
These acrylic on canvas paintings are based on photos of unfinished sheetrock panels taken in different locations internationally. The works raise awareness about the contributions of constructions workers to society, making parallels to Leonardo’s lost mural the Battle of Anghiari, portraying them as artists whose work gets lays hidden under coats of paint.
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