About

Isaac Contreras is an artist born in Mexico working primarily with sculpture, image making and writing. In his work he investigates the construction of meaning and social expectations associated with images and objects, particularly those historically located at the margins.


He assesses the subjects of his work by mapping the material and historical associations of an object, and intervenes its determining factors by means of material, technique or site re-positioning. In doing so, he aims at producing contrast to highlight complexity, non-duality and in-betweeness.


His practice is multidisciplinary, most often involving his own body, manual labor and materials placed at the margins of hegemonic modes of production.


He holds an MFA from Haute École d'art et de Design de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland (2017); has been a fellow of Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes & PECDA, Mexico (2010-2011) and artist in residence at Triangle France Marseille, France (2014), Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy (2017) and Stadtgalerie Bern, Switzerland (2020).


International exhibitions include the 3rd Poly/Graphic Triennial of San Juan (Arsenal, Puerto Rico, 2012); Sarai Reader 9: The Exhibition (Devi Art Foundation, India, 2013), Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary (Lulú, Mexico, 2015), Bourses Ville de Genève (Centre d'art Contemporain, Switzerland, 2017) and Abusos de las formas (Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico, 2020).


Hailed from Ciudad Constitución, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Currently based in Mexico City.