About

Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Izaguirre (Caracas, 1978) is a New York-based Venezuelan artist specializing in cybernetics. Her work explores the ways in which humans and technology could cooperate to amplify consciousness.

Izaguirre’s thought-provoking ideas provide new perspectives on the human condition, as she challenges the traditional view of humans as being separate from and superior to other species and machines. She believes that the humans of our time are hybrid entities, interconnected in multiple dimensions with other beings, agents, and systems, whose identities are shaped by their interactions, and exchanges. Izaguirre’s work serves as a reminder that we are a universal, entangled, and vibratory ever-evolving organism.

 

Affiliations

 

Studio Visits

Cigar Factory, 9-20 35th Ave, Studio 2-O, Queens, NY 11106

To schedule a studio visit, please contact studio[at]mafeizaguirre.com

Biography

Venezuelan Chapter

Mafe Izaguirre, born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1978, embarked on a journey into the digital world in 1986, during the rise of personal computers and the Internet. Her curiosity for technology ignited at a young age, writing her first code at eight. Since then, she has passionately explored digital media, which crossed paths with her interest in philosophy and science fiction. In 1996, Izaguirre graduated with a Baccalauréat of Arts & Humanities degree from Mater Salvatoris College-Preparatory School (Venezuela), and pursued Visual Arts studies at Villasmil de León Art Center. In 1998, she earned a professional airbrush artist certification on fantasy art. In 1998, her fascination with digital media led her to enroll in visual communication studies, earning a B.A. from PROdiseño in 2002 with a specialization in web design and multimedia. She later taught visual language and digital media design for over a decade. By the early 2000s, her interest in cybernetics and the artificial mind grew, inspired by the ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein. In 2012, she pursued photography studies at the Nelson Garrido Organization (La ONG, Caracas). Between 2003 and 2015, Izaguirre thrived as a creative digital media consultant, collaborating with academic researchers, entrepreneurs, and the advertising industry in a diverse commercial cross-media projects locally and internationally.

New York Chapter

In January 2016, motivated by continuing her education on new technologies, Izaguirre moved to New York City. She was obsessed with the idea of building a machine that helped her amplify her cognitive abilities. In Spring, she carried out studies in Arduino technology at Cooper Union. In Autumn, she joined the seminar Aesthetics and The Senses at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. The first series of visual schemes arose as notations of her philosophical research on the Mind during that time. By the end of 2016, Izaguirre joined the maker space Fat Cat Fat Lab, located in the West Village Manhattan, where she developed her first prototype of an “emotion machine.” The concept was inspired by the idas of Prof. Marvin Minsky’s (MIT), but she later declared her artifacts as Sensitive Machines™. During the Spring of 2017, Izaguirre expanded her technical skills in manufacturing with certificates in laser cutting and 3D printing. In the Fall of 2017, she was invited by Tim Gowan to present The Mind Project to critics and curators of Trans-cen-der Group in Brooklyn, New York. In 2018, the so-called Emotion Machine was first exhibited in Chinatown Soup Gallery in New York. Since then, fragments of Izaguirre’s machines have been exhibited at The Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea, The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and the Theater Lab in Manhattan, among other independent art spaces. She has been invited to work as a tech mentor for the youth at Mouse Inc. (Manhattan); as a resident artist at the DreamYard Project Art Center in the Bronx; and was the co-founder and Creative Director of the psychoanalytic journal ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action, acting as Creative Director between 2017 and 2021Since 2021, Izaguirre have been working closely with the ideas of Prof. Francesca Ferrando (NYU). She was invited to carry out a one-year research residency at the Foreign Objekt Posthuman Art Network. Currently, Izaguirre is the Director of Digital Content of the Global Posthuman Network, and a Board Member of the Latin American Posthuman Network.

Mafe Izaguirre lives and works in Long Island City, New York.

Awards

2023 | New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Support for Artists Grant — The Postpoetic Machine (2024). Sponsored by Theater Lab. New York, NY. Press Release.

2023 | FST StudioProjects Fund — ST StudioProjects Fund supports the studio practice of visual artists in New York City. Press Release.

2021 | Jerome Foundation’s Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship Program — 2021 Designated Alternate Awardee in the New Media category. New York, NY.

2020 | Queens Council for the Arts, Artist Grant — Funded by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund. New York, NY. Read More: 2020 QUEENS ARTS FUND AWARDEES

2020 | MoreArt Fellowship 2020— Public Art Program. Press Release: Mafe Izaguirre: one of the eight More Art’s Engaging Artists Fellows of 2020. New York, NY.

More Info: http://moreart.org/announcing-our-2020-engaging-artists-fellows-and-artist-in-residence/

2018 | Gradiva® Award in the category of New Media. National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) to ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action.

Each year NAAP recognizes the literary and artistic achievements of those who have created works that represent and promote psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Visit: analytic-room.com

2017 | International Photographer of the Year. Category: Fine Art: Conceptual. (AMATEUR) HONORABLE MENTION Maria Izaguirre (United States). FONY, Flowers of New York. Click here to see IPOTY’s gallery.

Honors

2022 | Queens Arts Fund Panelist for the 2022 New Work Grant: Visual Art 3D for individual artist support. The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) offers project-based grants to Queens individual artists, artist collectives, and small nonprofit organizations to support the local production of artwork and cultural programs that highlight, engage, and bolster the diverse communities of the Queens borough.

2022 | Panelist at the Digital Culture Forum – Fundación Telefónica Movistar Debates on Innovation for New Audiences — Mafe Izaguirre presents The Post-poetic Machine. Curators: Humberto Valdivieso and Lorena Rojas ParmaVirtual Premiere in Youtube. May 26th, 2022. Iberoamerica.

2022 | Panelist at Futures Narratives + Networks. Work from the More Art Fellowship at Queens Museum — More Art 2020 and 2021 Engaging Artist Fellows. April 10, 2022. 

Retrieved from Queens Museum: EA fellows share their work as socially engaged artists through workshops, performances, and conversations with invited guests. Complementing works by Stephanie Dinkins and Suzanne Lacy, currently on view at the Queens Museum, EA Fellows explore new opportunities to “subvert cultural narratives” and engage with the potential of our collective and individual future histories. Participating fellows include Mafe Izaguirre, Bryanna Bradley, Chantal Feitosa-Desouza, Cody Ann Herrmann, Andrew Freiband, Hyperlink Press, Amy Khoshbin, Althea Rao, Amy Ritter, and Hanae Utamura, with additional contributions by Bel Falleiros and Amy Wetsch.

2019 | Panelist at the Seminar Human: Too Posthuman. Telefónica Foundation Venezuela — Mafe Izaguirre presents The Mind Project. Curators: Humberto Valdivieso and Lorena Rojas ParmaMega Digital Room Movistar. Caracas, Venezuela.

More Info in Spanish and English: https://mafeizaguirre.com/seminario-fundacion-telefonica-mafe-izaguirre/

2018 | Panelist at ICP LAB: MANUFACTURED MEMORY, MANUFACTURED HISTORY. International Center of Photography Museum. 250 Bowery, New York, NY 10012.

This program is part of the Critical Jamming series, presented by the ICP Lab. The ICP Lab is a new home for visual storytellers to experiment with technology and create interactive and immersive experiences. I will be joining Per Gylfe, Paul Pangaro, Rinat Sherzer, Miles Goscha, and Jeanna Matthews in the #CriticalJamming, bringing to the open grid questions about “The Image of Truth.” May 27, 2018 (2:30PM – 5PM EDT)

2017 | Talk about The Mind Project at Trans-cen-der Art Group (TAG). Brooklyn Fire Proof’s Temporary Space Gallery on 119 Ingraham Street in Bushwick. October 24th, 2017. Hosted by Tim Gowan.

Residencies

2021 – 2022 | Foreign Objekt Posthuman Art Residency. Research project: Posthuman Spirituality. Read More or visit the List of residents.
 
2018 -2019 | DreamYard Project: Digital Learning Artist-in-Residence. The Bronx, New York. The Art Center is particularly interested in shifting the dominant narrative about communities and young people in the South Bronx, which is too often focused on deficits and not assets and creativity. We want to help our young people tell their own stories using new and old tools to create a new kind of archive for the future.

Exhibitions

2022 | Group Show, Xennoverse Exhibition, presenting fragments of The Postpoetic Machine, New Art City Virtual Space, Global. Xennoverse is the ninth variance within a family of autoregressive models of verses. It consists of sets of hypothetical groups of Multiverses. Read more(Curated by Spideh Majidi)

2021 | Performance and Cybernetic Installation, The Silence: A Hybrid Meditation Session with Mafe Izaguirre’s Sensitive Machines at The Theather Lab. Presented as part of the Theaterlab’s Rhythms Routines Rituals series. May 22 to 31, 2021. 357 W 36th St, 3rd floor, New York, NY. (Curated by Orietta Crispino)

2021 | Group Show, [Move Semantics]: Rules of Unfolding, presenting The Mirror: A Cybernetic Installation at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Project Space ProgramMarch 27 – May 1, 2021. 323 West 39th Street New York, NY 10018. (Facilitated by Elæ Moss & Jeff Kasper)

2020 | Virtual Performance in collaboration with The Astoria Music Project in “Music, She Wrote” Season, a free and open to all series of events celebrating women composers and women artists. Sunday, Dec 6th at 7 pm via Youtube. Mafe Izaguirre performed with her Sensitive Machines™ while listening to “Love Let the Wind Cry… How I Adore Thee” by Undine Smith Moore. Min 5:00, Installation; Min 26:19, Q&A.

2020 | Solo Show, presenting the cybernetic installation: Cantecikiya, which means “my heart is inspired by you” in the Lakota language at the Green & Blue Pop-up Gallery, Wasta, South Dakota. U.S. July 23rd through the 27th, 2020. (Curated by Mia Feroleto)

2019 | Group Show, 33 Long Island City Artists, presenting the cybernetic installation: Qi, a Sensitive Machine at Atlantic Gallery, 548 West 28th St, Suite 540. New York, NY 10001. January 29th to February 16th. (Curated by Carol Crawford)

2018 | Group ShowEscape Velocity, presenting the cybernetic installation: The Emotion Machine III at Plaxall Gallery 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City 11101. March 13th – May 13th. (Curated by Edjo Wheeler)

2018 | Group Show, States of Being, presenting the cybernetic installation: The Emotion Machine III at Chinatown Soup Gallery, 16B Orchard St, New York, New York 10002. March 8th – March 11th, featuring new works by artists Michael Krasowitz, Lori Horowitz, Izzy Nova, Mafe Izaguirre, and Andrea Lawl Manning.

2017 | Group Show, Women in Arts Chelsea, presenting the cybernetic performance: A dehiscence of Being (A Sensitive Crown), at The Set NYC, Holy Apostles Gallery, 296 9th Ave NY NY. November 14th, 2017. (Curated by Pim Shih)

2017 | Group Show, Making Connections, presenting the photography series Flowers of New York (FONY) at Henry DeFord Gallery, CiTi Group at Citi, One Court Square at 44th, Dr., Long Island City, NY 11101. October 26th – January 30th, 2017. (Curated by Carol Crawford, Juror Elizabeth Hoy)

2017 | Group Show, Visual Narratives, presenting the photography series Flowers of New York (FONY) at Group Show, Loft Artist Association, 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, CT 06902. August 26 – Sept. 24, 2017. (Juror Katerina Lanfrancohad)

2017 | Group Show, Making Connections, presenting the photography series Flowers of New York (FONY) at Plaxall Gallery, 5-46 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101. August 26 – Sept. 24, 2017. (Curated by Carol Crawford, Juror Elizabeth Hoy)

Publications

English

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. “Hybrid Spirituality.” Foreign Objekt – The Space Gallery, September 20, 2021.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. “The Unknowable Reality, Machines that Feel.” New Observations #133, November 16, 2019.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. “Introduction to Intimacies, an interview with Patrick Webb and Anna Fishzon.” ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action, October 2019.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda, and Hattie Myers. ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action, Issues: Room 9.17; Room 5.17; Room 9.17; Room 2.18; Room 6.18; Room 9.18; Room 2.19; Room 6.19; Room 10.19; Room 10.19; Room 2.20; Room 6.20; Room 10.20; Room 2.21; Room 6.21; Room 10,21. September 2017 – October 2021.

Spanish

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. Artificium: Antología de Ciencia Ficción Latinoamericana. Turn Lab, Febrero 2024.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. Inventus: Antología de Ciencia Ficción Lationamericana. Waratu Ediciones, Abril 2022.

Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. “Rolando Peña en WhiteBox Harlem Nueva York.” Tráfico Visual, Noviembre, 2019. 

Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. Diálogo Patético Nro 3: Habitar el Cuerpo Artificial La ONG. Mayo 1, 2019.

Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda.El Arte Tecnológico, Una Cacofonía.” Revista Científica Persea, Junio 09, 2018.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. Diálogo Patético Nro 2: Espacios de Silencio con Enrique Enriquez. La ONG. April 08, 2018.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. Diálogo Patético Nro 1: La Imagen de la Verdad con Pablo Galindo. Mayo 30, 2018.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda. Los Hilos del Caos.” La ONG. Junio 5, 2018.

Press

English

▪ More Art. “Mafe Izaguirre: Cross-Cultural Cybernetics.” Medium. Feb 18, 2021.

▪ International Center of Photography (ICP). Talk: “ICP Lab: Manufactured Memory, Manufactured History”. May 27, 2018.

▪ Aporrea. “Venezuelan Visual Artist Mafe Izaguirre Exhibited her Work in NYC.”. March 12, 2018.

▪ Horowitz, Lori. “States of Being.” Art Week. March 8, 2018.

▪ Obenauer, Sarah. Womxn Rank 2018 NYC Make-a-Thon Case Study.” April 2, 2018.

▪ Long Island City Artists Association. “Making Connections.” October 26, 2017.

Spanish

▪ Vale TV – Espacio Arte, Virtual Art Space: The Mind Project of the cybernetic artist María Fernanda Izaguirre. Cultural National TV Network. Caracas, Venezuela. URL: https://youtu.be/-CwwFRxUw6w

▪ La artista visual venezolana Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” El Nacional. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “La artista visual venezolana Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” La Patilla. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “Artista visual venezolana Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” Aporrea International. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “La artista visual venezolana Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” El Diario La República. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “La artista visual venezolana Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” 24 Venezuela. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” Segundo Enfoque. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “Mafe Izaguirre presentó su ‘Máquina de Emociones’ en Nueva York.” La Lupa Digital. Marzo, 2018.

▪ “Mafe Izaguirre muestra su obra en Nueva York.” Opinión y Noticias. Marzo, 2018.

Collaborations

English

▪ Negarestani, Reza. “Future of Intelligence in the Age of Intellectual Scarcity.” Transcribed and edited by Mafe Izaguirre and Sepideh Majidi. Foreign Objekt, Oct 25, 2021.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda (Mafe). “Consciousness and Contact.” New Observations #136, 2020.

▪ Izaguirre, Maria Fernanda (Mafe). “The Pine Ridge Reservation.” New Observations #135, 2018.

Curatorial Work

2017-2021 | Art Curator for ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action. I selected and prepared 24 artists and their works to participate in virtual exhibitions, print issues, and other cultural activities. The 2021 collection includes — ROOM 2.21: Gjertrud Hals (Norway); ROOM 6.21: Jacqueline Shatz (New York); ROOM 10.21: Angyvir Padilla (Venezuela/ Brussels). | 2020 — ROOM 2.20: Juan Pablo Valdivieso (Venezuela); ROOM 6.20: Susan Sechler Luss (New York), Rafael Silveira (Brazil), Linda Louis (New York); ROOM 10.20: Daniel Derderian (France). | 2019 — Jon McKenzie and Aneta Stojnic (New York), Enrique Enriquez (New York), Rachel Brown (New York), Anne Sherwood Pundyk (New York), José Vívenes (Venezuela), Gala Garrido (Venezuela), Patrick Webb (New York), Francesca Schwartz (New York), Shelley Himmelstein, Sophie Sandberg (New York). | 2018 — Francesca Schwartz (New York), Diana Schmertz (New York), Betty Teng (New York), Joanna Goodman (New York), Juan Mariño (Venezuela), Leah Lipton (New York), Natalie Korytnyk Forrester (New York), Shelley Himmelstein (Pennsylvania), Aneta Stojnic, Sarah Valeri and Gail Bragg (New York). | 2017 — Sarah Valeri (New York), Susan Katz (New York), Violette Bule (Venezuela/USA).

2015 | Curator, arteZanos presents “Ventanas El Hatillo.” Ephemeral exhibition at El Hatillo’s public space. Twenty-one featured artists paying tribute to national artist Armando Reverón. November 13th and 15th – Caracas, Venezuela.

2015 | Curator, arteZanos Pedro León Zapata Tribute. Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia (MACZUL). Eleven emerging artists paying tribute to national artist Pedro León Zapata. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

2015 | Curator, arteZanos Pedro León Zapata Tribute. Los Amigos Invisibles Acoustic Show at Teresa Carreño’s Theater. Eleven emerging artists paying tribute to national artist Pedro León Zapata. Caracas, Venezuela.

2015 | Curator, arteZanos Pedro León Zapata Tribute. Alternative Spaces El Hatillo’s Art Center. Eleven emerging artists paying tribute to national artist Pedro León Zapata. Caracas, Venezuela.

Academic

2018 | Tech Mentor for the Design League, DreamYard Project, 1085 Washington Ave. The Bronx. New York, 10456. USA.

2018 | Tech Mentor, Mouse Inc. Technology with Purpose, 55 Broad Street, 16th Floor New York, New York 10004. USA.

2018 | NY CORE: New York Collective of Radical Educators. Eighth Annual Conference at the James Baldwin School, Manhattan. NY. It is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with the community, parent, and student organizations.

2009 – 2010 | Research Mentor, Project: “Cognosotros” interactive visual tools to promote the independence of people with intellectual disabilities. Created by Mauricio Vivas. Honorable Mention.

2009 – 2010 | Research Mentor, Project: “Percepto” tools for stimulating audiovisual perception experiences of the individual. Created by Vincente Velazco and Nicole Bigio.

2009 – 2010 | Research Mentor, Project: “Dynamic, interactive public spaces” awareness tools for the pedestrian in public space. Created by Ivonne Gargano, Mahadev Rojas, and Ivan Calzadilla.

2008 – 2009 | Research Mentor, Project: “Hiperletra” interactive complement to the initial learning of the alphabet. Created by Angyvir Padilla and Ana Karina Posadas. Honorable Mention.

2007 – 2009 | Researcher, Project: Mindmate CBT System research project. Abstract: Strategic conceptualization for the virtualization of the CBT program (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to treat alcohol, drugs, and other addictions using digital media tools. The project was generated by Psychologist Dr. Francisco Flores and Sociologist Charlotte Love, at Liverpool University, UK.

2009 – 2010 | Professor at Workshop: Web Design | 14 students | 8th Semester. Role: Driving in the strategic and technical training of students to design Web design projects.

2006 – 2007 | Research Mentor, Public interest campaign for the conservation of endangered species in Venezuela by Silene Pedrón.

2005 – 2008 | Professor at Workshop: Introduction to Visual Communication. | 46 students | 1st to 4th Semester. Role: Driving in the conceptual and technical training of the students on the fundamentals of language and visual communication.

2002 – 2003 | Professor at Workshop: Graphic Design VI | 20 students | 8th Semester. Primary Role: Planning and co-driving research projects on Gego’s work communicative experienceSecondary Role: Research Mentor.

Seminars and Philosophical Laboratories completed at the Posthuman Art Residency

2022 | Seminar: Speculative and Unbounded Posthumanism dictated by Prof. David Roden. Foreign Objekt – Posthuman Art Network. September 18, 2022. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2022 | Does the subject matter? Workshop with Romina Wainberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University (USA). June 11, 2022. Organized by The Posthuman Art Network in collaboration with Foreign Objekt.

2022 | Psychoanalytic Topology. Study Group with Alireza Taheri, PhD (Iran). May 28, 2022. Organized by The Posthuman Art Network in collaboration with Foreign Objekt.

2022 | Posthuman Dialectics: The Antinomy of Corporeality and Abstraction. Study Group with David Roden, PhD (UK). April 23, 2022. Organized by The Posthuman Art Network in collaboration with Foreign Objekt.

2022 | Kant and Hegel: Kant’s Phenomenon-Noumenon Distinction in Relation to Knowledge, and Hegel’s Critique of this Distinction. Study Group with Borna Radnik, Ph.D. Candidate at Kingston University (UK). April 9, 2022. Organized by The Posthuman Art Network in collaboration with Foreign Objekt.

2022 | Localization in Counterfactual Worlds. Study Group with Patricia Reed. Artist Author. (Berlin). January 29, 2022. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2022 | “Hegelian-Lacanian Variations on Late Modernity: Specter of Madness” Seminar with Alireza Taheri, Ph.D. (Iran). January 15, 2022. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2021 | Session I: Final Repression: Adorno and Marcuse on the Antinomy of Progress. Session II: Reproduction, Presupposition, and Struggle: Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval on Marx’s Two Logics. Study Group with Ray Brassier. The American University of Beirut, Department of Philosophy. December 4 and 11, 2021. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2021 | The Perspectivism of Platforms. Session I: Users and Interfaces: Animals and Spirits. Zé Antonio Magalhães and Lukáš Likavčan. Session II: Functional Abstraction and Differences of Visibility. Zé Antonio and guest J-P Caron. November 11 and 13, 2021. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2021 | On Goodman and the World Behind Schemes. Seminar with David Roden, PhD (UK). October 10, 2021. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2021 | Posthumanism and World Building. Seminar with Francesca Ferrando, Ph.D. (NY). October 9, 2021. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2021 | Speculative and Unlimited Posthumanism—From Unlimited Posthumanism to Biomorph. Study Group with David Roden, Ph.D. Instructors: Cássia Siqueira & Sepideh Majid.

2021 | “Nelson Goodman’s Ways of Worldmaking.” Session I: Words, Works, Worlds. Session II: On the Rectitude of Interpretation. Workshop and Study Group with Cássia Siqueira & Sepideh Majidi @Worlds and Models Lab. September 25 and 26, 2021.

2021 | Meme and Philosophy: How to Become a Wojak without Organs. Workshop led by three leading meme creators from Theorygram: Dank Deleuze, Beyond Woke, and Deleuze and Dragons. August 14 and 15, 2021. Organized by Foreign Objekt.

2021 | Real Abstraction. Conference and Study Group. Panelists: Jaleh Mansoor, Alberto Toscano, Roberto Finelli, Richard Seaford: Jason Moore, Frank Engster, and Maya Gonzalez. August 6-9, 2021. Organized by Sepideh Majidi (Foreign Objekt), Conrad Hamilton (Kapital Komrades), and Paul Reynolds (Historical Materialism).

Commercial Work

CREATIVE CONSULTANT at Turn Lab, Creative Consulting Firm
2011 to Present, New York, USA

– Serve diverse clients, delivering innovative cross-media design solutions that meet their specific needs and objectives from inception to deployment.

 

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL CONTENT at Global Posthuman Network
2022 to Present, New York, USA, Volunteer

– Spearhead the development and execution of digital content strategies, driving engagement on Posthumanism throughout the global community.

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR at ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action / Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
2017-2021, New York, USA, Independent contractor

– Led the strategic vision and played a pivotal role in delivering a high-quality product from inception to incorporation as a non-profit. ROOM is an awarded community-based psychoanalytic hybrid content platform.

 

ART DIRECTOR at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
2017, New York, USA, Independent contractor

– Led creative initiatives, producing impactful cross-media visual materials for the organization’s environmental advocacy efforts.

 

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER at AW-La Oveja Negra-Saatchi & Saatchi
2011-2015, Caracas, VE

– Held a key executive role, overseeing the digital department and driving successful digital campaigns for major clients in the consumer’s market.

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR at Simple 7, Design Lab
2009-2015, Caracas, VE

– Managed a creative consulting firm specializing in digital media, delivering top-notch outsourcing design solutions for the advertising industry.

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR at NP Imagen, Web Design Consulting Firm
2006-2009, Caracas, VE

– Directed a digital lab focused on cutting-edge digital media projects, serving .com entrepreneurs and the advertising industry.

 

ART DIRECTION at Total Solution Design Studio, Client: Mattel®
2007-2008, Caracas, VE (Independent Contractor)

– Art directed projects to ensure brand consistency for prestigious Mattel® brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Fisher Price.

 

ART DIRECTION at Aranyé Visual Expansion, Multimedia Design Studio
2003-2006, Caracas, VE

– Led ideation and prototyped solutions, collaborating with corporate and advertising clients to deliver cutting-edge web and multimedia products.

Education

1998 – 2002 | BA in Visual Communication, Specialized in Digital Media, PROdiseño School of Visual Communication, Caracas, Venezuela.

 

1996 – 1998 | Visual Arts, Villasmil de León de Caracas, Art Center, Caracas, Venezuela.

Certifications and Training

2023 | Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Certification, at Emeritus MIT xPRO.

2021 – 2023 | Science Fiction Narrative Workshop. Dictated by Prof. and author José Urriola (UCAB).

2022 | Poetry Mentorship. Dictated by Prof. and Poet Elonora Requena (UCAB).

2021 | Seminar: The Art of the Posthuman Existence with Prof. Francesca Ferrando. Foreign Objekt and the Global Posthuman Network.

2021 | Sewing Workshop. The New York Sewing Center. New York, USA.

2019 | Mig Welding Workshop. MakerSpace NYC. Brooklyn, New York, USA.

2018 | Sewing Workshop. Mood Fabrics. New York, USA.

2018 | Silkscreen Workshop. EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW). New York, USA.

2016 | Seminar: Aesthetics and the Senses. Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. New York, USA.

2016 | Seminar: Arduino platform. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. New York, USA.

2014 | Silkscreen Workshop. Organización Nelson Garrido ONG. La Cucaracha Serigráfica. Caracas, Venezuela.

2013 | Photography Workshop. Organización Nelson Garrido ONG. Caracas, Venezuela.

2010 | Experimental Typography Workshop. Simple 7 Lab presents: Master Typographer Luis Giraldo | 8 students. Role: Host.

2005 | Seminar: Two mind conceptions: Descartes and Wittgenstein. Philosophical Association Group GRAF. Venezuela.

1996 – 2000 | Professional Airbrush Artist. Iran Caro Airbrush Studio. Caracas, Venezuela. Specialist in hyper-realism and fantasy art.

1997 | Children’s Books Illustration Workshop. Banco del Libro (Book Bank). Caracas, Venezuela.