Sebastian ErraZuriz (USA)
Since early childhood and due to family circumstances, I have been overly aware of how short and fragile life is. Learning to understand each day as potentially the last one, I obsessively attempt to view people, objects, spaces, and situations as if I were looking at them for the first or the last time.
As an artist I search for meaning and conscience by creating work that reminds us of the structures that construct and dictate our daily realities. I find refuge and purpose in the idea that the artist as a visual communicator can possibly attempt to help others view their own lives in a different way.
I consequently create works that confront the status quo and question what we accept as normal. Works that interrupt our notions of logic and force the viewer to stop, think, feel, and review their position and understanding of a particular subject.
Sebastian ErraZuriz, a Chilean-born, New York–based artist, designer, and activist, has received international acclaim for his original and provocative works in a variety of disciplines that blur the boundaries between contemporary art, design, and craft. His work is avidly acquired by art collectors and museums. It is always surprising and compelling, inviting the viewer to look again at realities that were often hidden in plain sight.
At the age of twenty-eight, ErraZuriz became the second living South American artist to have work included in Sotheby’s Important Twentieth Century Design auction. In 2015, he was invited by Times Square Arts to present his public art installation A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps on fifty giant screens in Times Square.
That same year, ErraZuriz was the honoree at the Museum of Arts and Design’s annual gala. In 2014, he had a solo show at the Carnegie Museum of Art. He was also invited to give two TEDx Talks and opened a double solo show at Cristina Grajales Gallery and Salon 94 in New York. In 2011, he was selected for the Compasso d’Oro. In 2007, he was selected as one of the top emerging international designers by i-D magazine. Gestalten published a monogram of his work in 2013.