Marisa González born in Bilbao
Degree in piano at the Music Conservatory in Bilbao.
Graduate at the School of Fine Arts 1971 in Madrid
Master Program at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
At SAIC, she specializes in the area of video and photography,
and joins the
Generative Systems department, a pioneer centre in the investigation
of art and
technology thanks to the strength of its founder and theorist,
It is in this department where she discovers the languages and
tools which will
open new roads of experimentation and development of her own artistic
This first stay in the United States coincides with the active
against the Vietnam War in which she actively percolated.
She moved to Washington D.C. and graduate again at the Corcoran
School of Art
in 1977 with a BFA and the Senior prize. She had several solo
shows then and she
made her first video at the Washington projects for the Arts.
In 1977 She has her first solo exhibition in Spain in her native
Bilbao art gallery
She moves to Madrid
In January, she had her first solo exhibition in Madrid: “Presences”,
at the AELE
Gallery, and at the first ARCO Art Fair in 1982.
She worked with the photocopiers using the “Light Painting”
technique. The series
were shown in Spain at the Santander Fine Arts Museum, among others.
She created new series. Thus, the machine turns into the translator
of the elements
placed on the colour copier's glass.
These pieces were presented at he “Processes Culture and
exhibition at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia first opening Museum
together with her first digital work “Self-portraits”
created with the technology
that Sonia Sheridan presents in this exhibition with the Photo-Video-Computer
digital equipment. Participates this year in the “Making
Waves” Art and Sciences
Symposium, invited by Sonia Sheridan in Chicago.
Join the new board of directors of Madrid's Artist Association.
From 1983 to 1990 She joins the first board of directors, which
Madrid's Circle of Fine Arts. She promoted the I and II International
of Madrid's Circle of Fine Arts, in 1984 and 1986.
She creates the series of musical scores written by contemporary
With Javier Darias´s music scores she creates the installation
“Light in three times”
in 1990, at the Alcoy Cultural Center, and at the Eusebio Sempere
Palace both in Alicante. It was included in the program for the
Contemporary Music Festival.
Around the year 1990, she decides to recycle her own iconography;
representation through the fragmentation, manipulation, simulation,
and metamorphosis, both of images and of meanings”.
Together with the development of these modular series, she participates
numerous Fax -Art activities, mainly international with the Sorbonne
Paris PHD group Art-Reseaux directed by Karen O´Rourke.
She presents the modular piece made up of 10 units A1 “Semblance
to Juan Gris”
in the international exhibition “Variaciones en Gris”
organized by the Fundación Art
and y Technology in Madrid. Here she uses, the newly invented,
large format Canon
Bubble jet A1 photocopier (ink injection impression).
She directs the workshop “Creation and Technology”
in Madrid's Círculo de Bellas
Artes. In this Workshop, the last week she presents the “computer-workshop-
concert time space” together with her partners John Dunn,
Sonia Sheridan and
She is named Generative Systems “Network” by Sonia
Sheridan in Spain.
With her students from this workshop, she creates the installation
Fax Station” with an international participation in real
time, from over 20 countries
in the “Crisis-Culture-Crisis” exhibition at Madrid's
Circle of Fine Arts.
Her new digital works are done with an important recycled device:
and out-dated computer from the 80's, the Lumena,; a personal
with only 512K, granted by Sonia Sheridan, and whose photo-video
system contains a powerful and versatile software invented by
from Generative Systems John Dunn which allows the artist numerous
as the one shown at the Bilbograph 95 in Bilbao's Rekalde Gallery,
workshop and an international “Estación Fax-Fax Station”
calling, on the
theme: “Individual body, social body, infected body, contaminated
During these years, with the same Lumena equipment, she does another
series “the clones” she will present on different
supports (digital photography,
slide projections and video installations) and which will be shown
exhibitions. “Broken Dreams-Broken Silence” in the
Art Fair ARCO 95. Tarazona
Foto International Photography Festival. Gijon Photography Festival
She obtains the Zurbarán Prize of the Junta de Extremadura.
Also in 1995, in Montreal and together with Sonia Sheridan and
among others, she participates at the exhibition “What happened
to the pioneers?
Celebrated at the Galerie Arts Technologiques, during ISEA International
Symposium for Electronic Arts, with a lecture at the Quebec University.
A new installation, “The Mirror of the Clones” at
the exhibition “Echoes of Matter”,
dialogues between Spanish and Portuguese artists”, in Badajoz's
MEIAC, and Reales
Atarazanas in Valencia, curated by José Ramón Danvila.
She made a video installation in the contemporary opera “Scenes
life”, by Gregorio Esteban, with music by Marisa Manchado.
Was premier at the
Abadía´s Theater during Madrid's Autumn Festival.
A new version will come from
these images: The electronic video opera poem “Dreams”,
with music by Pedro
The series Deviations and Deviations II, photographs of deformed
photographs are a reference to the human body. “Deviation
II, strawberries”, the
malformations through digital manipulation. She shows parts of
this series in ARCO
2000 Art Fair, Deviations II”, a modular panel of 15 photographs
and an interactive
“The Factory”. She witnessed the demolition and disappearance
of the largest
flour and bread factory during the XX Century in Bilbao. She made
hiper photographic landscapes out door and indoor, and 4 installations
Silo”, “The Luminaries”, and an interactive
CD-ROM and a video installation in three
syncronized screens. This project was enlarged in the web with
an interactive Net
Art. This project has been produce and exhibited at The Foundation
Madrid in the official section at the International Festival of
Photography PH00 in
This exhibition “The Factory” was travelling all along
Spain, to Vitoria at the III
International Seminar of Industrial Arquitecture. Bilbao Sala
Rekalde, and Pamplona
at The Horno de la Ciudadela, the installation called, "memory
“The Nuclear Plant LEMONIZ”. Again in Bilbao, she
witnessed the dismantling of
the Nuclear Plant LEMONIZ. This huge industrial complex, built
in the 70´s, never
got to function by different matters, among them political and
She could enter in the secluded and controlled demolition area,
with cameras, she
records the monumental spaces, and rescue objects in order to
use them to make
several installations. With all of this material she built the
new extensive project
call “the Central Nuclear”.
The project has been built in 3 phases, the first one is about
security and is call
Nuclear LMNZ /control mechanisms. Produce and exhibited in a solo
show at the
Burgos Contemporary Art Center CAB, in Spain in 2004.
Videos, installations and photographs from this project have been
to international art Fairs and exhibitions, The contemporary International
ARCO/ Sao Paolo Art Fair, Paris Photo Musum, MEIAC in Badajoz/
Germany/ International Photo Biennal Bamako Mali/ National Museum
Vanguardia Gallery in Bilbao / Evelyn Botella Gallery in Madrid
Net Art. She is working on a new Net Art project with the Institute
Virtual about the Spanish language call “ Palabras corrientes/Palabras
vivas”. It was
shown in situ at the Institute Cervantes Beijing, Institute Cervantes
New York, and
Institute Cervantes Madrid.
The one hour documentary “Ellas Filipinas” and the
exhibition “ Female open space
invaders” are her last project about the Filipino women
working as domestic helpers
in Hong Kong. She made several trips to make this new project
with interviews to
them in Hong Kong and to their families in The Philippines.
Marisa González’s work maintains various constants,
both formal and
conceptual which can be perceived in practically all her pieces,
and with a
The use of technology (together with the necessary
social conscience) and the recycled, with the help of instruments
of her time:
photography, electrography, video and computer. By her experience
we can define her as a multimedia artist and one of the pioneers
in the art and
She has participated in numerous international art fairs
In ARCO Madrid annually since its inception/ Koln Art Fair/ Fiac
in Paris/ Paris
Photo/ Feira SP Arte de Sao Paulo Brasil/ CIGE Contemporary Art
fair in Beijing/
LOOP Video Art fair Loop Barcelona.
Her works have been included in important exhibitions 2010 at
Para Site Art Space Hong Kong/ 2009 International Fax Exhibition,
Center, New York/ CIGE, Spanish Video at Contemporary Art Fair
in Beijing/ BAC
video Festival in Barcelona Fundacion Miro y CCCB/ 2008 “The
Discreet Charm of
Technology” ZKM, Karlsruhe, Alemania/ Sintopias” Instituto
Cervantes de New York
and Beijing/ “City Signs” CAAC Centro Andaluz de Arte
Contemporáneo de Sevilla/
“Architecture of everyday life” Museum Hanoi revolution
in Hanoi, Vietnam/ The
Human Landscape, National Museum Kinsasa Democratic Republic del
Photo International African Biennal Bamako2005 Mali, Spain guest
poetics in the digital era, Centro Conde Duque de Madrid/ The
the hand, Centro Cultural Recoleta Buenos Aires Argentina/ Echoes
of the Matter,
Museum MEIAC Badajoz and at Reales Atarazanas in Valencia/ What
to the Pioneers?, Galería Arts Technologiques at ISEA,
Montreal/ Le dernier
Souper de Leonardo da Vinci, 13 international artists, Paul Bianchini,
Toner, París/ Postmodernism, International Exhibition 8
artists, Galería Shinsegae,
Seúl/ Performance de Binarización, Documenta Kassel
“Human memory twentieth
century” Alemania./ ComputerArt 98 at Museum der Stadt,
Gladbeck, Dresden and
Ibbenbilden, Germany/ 1986 “Processes Culture and New Technologies”
Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Her work is represented among others collections
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia de Madrid/ ARTIUM de
Vitoria/ CAB de
Burgos/ Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Santander/ Chase Manhattan
Coleccition New York/ Museo Internacional Salvador Allende Chile/
Arte de Telefónica Spain/ Paul Bianchini Coleccition Museés
de Sens Francia/
Colección Helga de Alvear/ Fundación Vila Casas
Barcelona/ CGAC Centro Gallego
de Arte Contemporáneo/ MACBA Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Madrid..