Grimanesa Amorós was born in Lima, Peru, and lives and works in New York City. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse interests include social history, scientific research, and critical theory. A direct relationship to technology is one of the distinctive features of Amorós’ practice. Some elements must be planned and programmed but others, such as the exact placement of the lines of lights, come to Amorós while she installs. In this sense, the technology does not determine but complements the concepts of her work. Her art incorporates video, lighting, and electronic elements to create monumental sculptures activating architecture and engaging communities.
Grimanesa Amorós draws upon important cultural legacies and landscape for inspiration. Still, she does not hold an essentialist or nostalgic view of her subjects. In the art of Grimanesa Amorós, the past is meeting the future. She is often invited as a keynote speaker at museums, foundations, and universities where her lectures empower young women, attracting future artists, students, and faculty involved in architecture, science, and technology.
Amorós has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. She was a guest speaker at TEDGlobal 2014, a recipient of the ‘NEA Visual Arts Grants Fellowships 1993’, and has the distinction of being part of the ‘Art In Embassies Program of the U.S.’ and the Civita Institute NE Chapter Fellowship Grant. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums including the Ludwig Museum, CAFA Museum, and Katonah Museum.
For more information about Grimanesa Amorós, visit grimanesaamoros.com
Watch this clip to find out more about Grimanesa and her project to be exhibited at The Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao-Biscay:
Watch this exclusive interview with Grimanesa and Arts Curator, Manuel Bagorro, ahead of the Summit:
Read on for an exclusive Q&A with Grimanesa Amorós ahead of the Summit:
What does wellbeing mean to you?
I always say that when we have our health, we have everything. Wellbeing is attending to our inner selves.
We must live in balance, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is a process we are required to nurture and foster throughout our lives, but it is well worth the effort. We cannot effectively share ourselves to the world if we are not whole.
Why are you looking forward to being part of The Wellbeing Summit?
I’m looking forward to contributing to the summit as it allows me a platform to share the message of wellbeing and connection throughout the arts. My goal is to make people think, and to have them become inspired to live more purposeful, creative lives.
How does your work connect to wellbeing?
When creating monumental sculpture, I consider how our architectural surroundings influence and affect our state of mind.
Art provides a means, and has the power to, access our emotional selves. It makes us more empathetic, it gives us the space to nurture and prosper. Studies have shown how light improves our mood and mental health.
As a medium, it has the ability to bridge cultures and diverse audiences; we all connect to light.