Gabriel Orozco (born April 20, 1962) is a Mexican artist. Orozco gained his reputation in the early 1990s with his exploration of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. In 1998 Francesco Bonami called him "one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably the next one too."
Orozco was born in 1962 in Veracruz, Mexico to Cristina Fèlix Romandía and Mario Orozco Rivera, a mural painter and art professor at the Universidad Veracruzana. When Orozco was six, the family relocated to the San Àngel neighborhood of Mexico City so that his father could work with artist David Alfaro Siquieros on various mural commissions. His father took him along to museum exhibitions and to work with him, where Orozco overheard many conversations about art and politics. Orozco attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas between 1981 and 1984, but found the program conservative; in 1986 he moved to Madrid and enrolled at the Circulo de Bellas Artes between 1986 and 1987. There his instructors introduced him to a broad range of post-war artists working in non-traditional formats.
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