Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs, Color Matching, 2016. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Akam Shex Hadi

Francis Alÿs, Color Matching, 2016. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Akam Shex Hadi

Francis Alÿs (b. 1959, Antwerp, Belgium) lives and works in Mexico City. Alÿs originally trained as an architect, but it was the confrontation with issues of urbanisation and social unrest in his new country of adoption that inspired his decision to become a visual artist. He consistently directs his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility toward anthropological and geopolitical concerns centred around observations of, and engagements with, everyday life, which the artist has described as "a sort of discursive argument composed of episodes, metaphors, or parables". His multifaceted projects include public actions, installations, video, paintings and drawings.

Recent exhibitions include Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2017); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2015); Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina Napoli, Italy (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2013); Tate Modern, London, UK (2010-11); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2010); and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, USA (2008).