Claudia Fontes is an Argentinean artist based in England.
She studied arts at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires and Art History at Buenos Aires University. She was awarded grants to develop her practice at Taller de Barracas in Buenos Aires and to be a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam,The Netherlands, where she worked under the advice of Richard Deacon, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Joan Jonas, amongst others.
Her works can be found in the collections of MALBA (Museum for Latin American Art of Buenos Aires), MAMBA (Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires), MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rosario), and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Her work is also part of private collections in Latin America, United States, Europe and Australia.
She has been showing her work since 1992, with solo exhibitions at I.C.I. (Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana), Buenos Aires, Modern Art Museum (MAMBA), Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo, among others. One of the winners of the Parque de la Memoria Award in 1999, her piece “Reconstruction of the Portrait of Pablo Miguez”, is one of the most iconic artworks addressing that period in Argentina’s history.
Her works have been included in the Frieze Sculpture Park in 2011 and The Wordly House at Documenta 13, Kassel in 2012. In 2017, she represented Argentina at the 57 Venice Biennale with her installation “The Horse Problem”. In 2018 she was one of seven artists-curators at the 33rd Sao Paulo Biennial for which she created the section “The Slow Bird”.
More recently, she had a solo show at the Frame section in Frieze New York 2019. At the moment she is preparing her first solo show in London at Cecilia Brunson Projects in March 2021. In June 2021 she will take part in the sculpture park at Art in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.
In parallel to her personal practice, she has spearheaded the creation of several artists’ networks of cooperation, and has generated spaces for the development of critical thought, particularly in relation to artist-led culture. Amongst them was TRAMA, a platform of cooperation amongst artists that became a strong point of reference for DIY, self-organized visual artists culture both locally and internationally. Since 2016 she has been working on The Creature in Between, a collaborative project with a wichi community in Salta, Argentina. In 2020 she has started La Revuelta, a collective platform for playful artistic cross-disciplinary research together with philosopher Paula Fleisner and writer and translator Pablo Martín Ruiz.
On this website you will find a selection of her artistic projects in the last 15 years, focusing on those more relevant to her current interests, either thematically, or because of certain artistic resources that she is still interested in exploring.