Adrián Balseca
Quito, Ecuador, 1989
About the Artist

Adrián Balseca’s work aims to activate strategies of representation, narration, and interaction in order to highlight cultural specificities of a particular place. It explores the relationship and tensions between industrial and craft practices, revealing a fascination with the historic processes, and the configuration of materials involved in the production of manufactured goods. His work ranges from small interventions to large scale "site specific" actions or video documentations and elaborates on ideas of emerging economies, environment and nature, power, and social memory. 

Adrián Balseca was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1989. He lives and works in Quito. 

Solo exhibitions include: Plantasia Oil Co., N24 Galeria de Arte, Quito (2021); The Unbalanced Land, Madragoa, Lisbon (2019); Estela blanca, Ginsberg Galeria, Lima (2019); Grabador fantasma, CCA, Quito (2019); Horamen, Museo de Arte Precolombiano Casa del Alabado, Quito (2017); The Skin of Labour, Madragoa, Lisbon (2016). 

Selected group exhibitions include: Faz escuro mas eu canto, 34a Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2020); Journey of a Thousand Miles, CAC, Quito (2019); Cosmopolis #2, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc Videobrasi l, São Paulo (2019); osloBIENNALEN, First Edition, Oslo (2019); Museo Amparo, Puebla (2019); BIENAL SUR, Centro Cultural Parque de España, Rosario (2017); CEAAC, Strasbourg (2016); CACQuito (2016); EDOC 15, Quito (2016); Museo de Antioquia, Medellin (2015); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition, Miami (2015).

In 2013, he won the inaugural Prémio Brasil Emerging Art Prize, at the Center for Contemporary Art Quito (CAC) and in 2014 he received the Premio Paris at the 12th International Cuenca Biennial: Leaving to return. He was awarded the annual Grants & Commissions Program 2015, at the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO).



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Selected Exhibitions


Plantasia Oil Co.

Installation view at N24 Galería de Arte, Quito, Ecuador

January 19th – February 11th, 2021


The Unbalanced Land

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

May 14th – September 21th, 2019


Grabador Fantasma

Project in collaboration with Kara Solar

Installation view at El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo,Quito, Equador

May 11th - July 14th, 2019


Estela Blanca

Installation view at Ginsberg Galería, Lima, Peru

April 3rd - May 11th, 2019


XIV Cuenca Biennial 2018: Living structures. Art as a plural experience

Project in collaboration with Kara Solar

Installation view at Empresa Hidroeléctrica Municipal, Cuenca, Ecuador

November 23rd 2018 - February 3rd 2019



Installation view at Casa del Alabado, Museo de Arte Preco-lombino, Quito, Ecuador

May 6th - July 30th, 2017


The Skin of Labour

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

November 23rd, 2016 - January 13th, 2017