The Intellectual Derelict

About Alejandro Guzmán

Alejandro Guzmán has used his artistic practice to focus “on the idea of creative misunderstandings through art.” He also thinks of his works as the “concrete manifestations” of the commingling of colonial and indigenous cultures in American history, as well as “migration, consumption, and materialism.” Many of Guzmán’s works are performances that incorporate painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture in combinations of natural and industrial materials. In these performances, which take place both in galleries and public streets, Guzmán animates what he calls “performance objects”—or hollow constructions covered in collages and assemblages that conceal the artist’s entire body except for two armholes.

Puerto Rican, b. 1978, La Playa de Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, based in New York, New York