Ektor Garcia is a multi-disciplinary artist who approaches sculptural installation through wide- ranging experiments with craft techniques and materials. Originally hailing from a small town in Northern California, his family and Garcia were in constant movement, frequently travelling between Mexico and the US. His itinerant home life introduced Garcia to many different environments and instilled within the artist a restless nature. As a result he continues to maintain an unconventional ‘nomadic’ studio practice, often working on a small scale and with easily portable materials so that he may stitch, weave, crochet and mold whilst travelling from place to place. Rather than formally studying craft techniques, Garcia taught himself crochet from an early age, picking up a variety of craft skills from friends, family and my community. His art developed as a pastime and leisure activity, growing into a compulsive habit, then an obsession. Garcia’s current practice extends from this deep desire to make, a love of learning and a fascination for the myriad ways the hand can create form and pattern with the simplest materials and gestures.
Ektor Garcia (b. Red Bluff, California, 1985) lives and works between Mexico City and New York. In 2016 he completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York and in 2014 graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected solo projects include, cochi, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, Ileno y vacio, Salon ACME, Mexico City (2017) and kriziz, kurimanzutto, Mexico City (curated by Chris Sharp) (2016). Selected group shows include Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017). Upcoming projects include Art Basel Statements; Dwelling Poetically: Mexico City, ACCA, Melbourne; and Mary Mary, Glasgow (2018). He will undertake a residency in Cove Park, Scotland in summer 2018.