Hugo Robledo (b. Mexico, 1990) creates paintings and site-specific artworks. He studied Visual Arts at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In 2012 he did an academic stay at the Institute of Arts of the State University of São Paulo. His latest solo exhibition entitled Reflejo de una forma limpia was presented in 2021 at Galería Libertad (Querétaro, Mexico). He has been twice awarded the Young Creators Grant by the Mexican Secretariat of Culture in 2017 and 2019. He has participated in an Artist-In-Residence program at Fazenda Serrinha in 2012 (Bragança Paulista, Brazil) and at Cobertizo in 2020 (Jilotepec, Mexico).
Hugo Robledo is a visual artist focused on painting. Architecture, the built environment and man-made objects have long been the artist’s fascination. The series of paintings refer to Modernist architectural spaces and their representation. The oeuvre opens up several questions about the abstract nature of architectural space, the qualities of surface and matter offered by the pictorial support and painting as an object or as representation.
‘The search for the space takes place in the field of painting. The represented space and the space containing the pictorial object itself are both a central part of my visual investigation. For this reason, much of the visual language is close to the way the architectural spaces are represented technically: through floor plans, perspectives, cross-sections and elevations. However, the paintings do not attempt to accurately trace the architectural drawing. Painting, being a device free from the weight of utilitarianism, has the capacity for bringing to life alternate realities, such as memories and dreams.’