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A bearded person stands in profile looking off camera. His long, dark hair is woven into two braids. He wears a black bandana around his forehead and a black shirt with colorful embroidered accents.

Photo by Emmanuel Sanchez Monsalve.


Guadalupe Maravilla

He // Him // His

Transdisciplinary Visual Artist, Choreographer, and Healer

Brooklyn, New York

This year I have learned that I can handle a lot of things: activism, healing, mutual aid, and art making. I have been able to donate a lot of time to the church and do fundraising and still maintain a studio practice.”

Guadalupe Maravilla is a transdisciplinary visual artist, choreographer, and healer. At the age of eight, Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, he became a US citizen, and in 2016 he adopted the name Guadalupe Maravilla in solidarity with his undocumented father, who uses Maravilla as his last name. As an acknowledgment to his past, he grounds his practice in the historical and contemporary contexts belonging to the undocumented and cancer communities.

He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His work is in the permanent collections of MoMA; the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Additionally, Maravilla has performed and presented his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Queens Museum; Bronx Museum of the Arts; and many more.

Awards and fellowships include: the Joan Mitchell Fellowship (2021), LatinX Fellowship (2021), Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award (2021), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship I’m (2019), Soros Fellowship: Art Migration and Public Space (2019I ), Map Fund (2019), Creative Capital Grant (2016), Franklin Furnace (2018), Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant (2016), Art Matters Fellowship (2017), and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship (2018). Residencies include: LMCC Workspace, SOMA, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and Drawing Center Open Sessions.

Donor -This award was generously supported by the Miranda Family Fund.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.11.2024

A gallery installation features a large abstract sculpture centered between two pillars. The sculpture is made of black fibers and a gong and arches out like the jawbone of a whale. A hammock suspended from the ceiling drapes over the top of the structure. The pillars are each painted with abstract designs centering on imagery that resembles an anatomical heart.

Installation view of Disease Thrower #0 in the Tierra Blanca Joven exhibition at Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Photo by Danny Perez.

A small retablo painting surrounded by an elaborate woven frame with circular shapes and appendages stretching out in a way that resembles a human body. The painting depicts a surreal cityscape with an armadillo, a caduceus medical symbol, and a figure with a boom box head.

Feather Serpent Times Square Retablo, 2022, dimensions 90 × 72 × 16 inches. Oil on tin, cotton, glue mixture, wood.

Photo courtesy of Guadalupe Maravilla and P·P·O·W, New York.

Image of shrinelike mixed-media sculpture in a white gallery space. A gong hangs from a hexagonal frame amidst woven circular frames and other appendages. Placed near the bottom is a medical model of lungs, two sculpted hands placed on the floor, and a crab centered between them.

Disease Thrower - Purring Monster with a Mirror on Its Back, 2022. Gong, steel, wood, cotton, glue mixture, plastic, loofah, and objects collected from a ritual of retracing the artist's original migration route, 119 × 105 × 95 inches.

Photo courtesy of Guadalupe Maravilla and P·P·O·W, New York.