Emerging Artist Award


Rolando López (b. 1978) is an artist with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a Master in social sciences from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes. In 2017 he won the award granted by the KADIST (Artist Circle Award/Summer) aimed at young promises of contemporary art. He has made artistic production residencies in the École Européenne Supérieure de l'image (EESI), Angouleme, France, and in Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (2017).


From 2014 to date, he has developed the project Museum Guggenheim Aguascalientes, within which he has played several facets as an artist, historian, anthropologist, coordinator, curator, researcher, inventor and museographer. This project has been exhibited in Mexico City (2015), Querétaro (2016), San Antonio, Texas, USA and at the XLVI International Festival Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico (2018).


He has participated in several collective and individual exhibitions, as well as in sound art events, such as the Festival Aural, 2016. He is a graduate of the first generation of the educational Project SOMA (México City, 2013) and holds a state scholarship (2011-2013) and a national scholarship (2007-2012) for the development of culture and the arts in the area of visual arts (alternative media).


Photo courtesy of the artist. 






A Look Inside: 


Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1978. Lives and works in Aguascalientes, Mexico.




Master in Contemporary art production, SOMA Educational Program, Mexico City, Mexico (2013) | Master in Social Sciences and Humanities, Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico (2010) | Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico (2001).


Awards and residencies

Production Award, KADIST, USA – France (2017) | Residency, Artspace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (2017) | Production Award, Fellow of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), Mexico City, Mexico (2011-2012) (2013-2014) | Residency, École européenne supérieure de l’image (EESI), Angoulème, France (2013) | Production Award, Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and the Arts (PECDA), Aguascalientes, México (2007-2008) (2012-2013).


Selected Exhibitions 


“Perversidad Cromática”, International Festival Cervantino. Guanajuato, Mexico (2018) | “Dark After Art”, Artpace. San Antonio, Texas, USA (2017) | “Museum Guggenheim Aguascalientes”. Museum of the City of Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico (2016) | “Museum Guggenheim Aguascalientes”, House of Time, Autonomous University of Mexico (UAM), Mexico City, Mexico (2015) | “Llegó y se fue sin decir oste ni moste”, Malraux Meeting, French Institute of Latin America (IFAL), Mexico City, Mexico (2014) | “Hocico prieto”, Territories / Scenic Market. San Luis Potosí, Mexico (2014) | “Yesterdays”, FONCA in Zona MACO. Mexico City, Mexico (2014) | “Hocico prieto”, EESI. Angouleme, France (2013) | “The hill of grease; Guggenheim”, Project room, SOMA. Mexico City, Mexico (2012).




“43 National Ceramics Award”, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico (2018) | “Chapareke hidrocálido”, Festival AURAL, Casa del lago. Mexico City, Mexico (2016) | “Too Future”, SOMA, Cultural center of Spain. Mexico City, Mexico (2014) | “XXIV and XXVI National Meetings of Young Art”, Aguascalientes, Mexico (2004 y 2006).