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Guadalupe Maravilla

Assistant Professor

Guadalupe Maravilla is an assistant professor of Sculpture + Extended Media. Originally from El Salvador, Maravilla was part of the first wave of undocumented unaccompanied children to come to the US from Central America when, at eight years old, he immigrated alone to escape the Salvadoran Civil War. Maravilla became a US citizen at twenty-seven. Maravilla creates fictionalized performances, videos, sculptures and drawings that incorporate his pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology, and autobiography. Through his multidisciplinary studio practice, Maravilla traces the history of his displacement, interrogates the parallels between pre-Columbian cultures and our border politics. Maravilla has performed and presented his work extensively in venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, ICA Miami, Queens Museum, Bronx Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, MARTE in El Salvador, and the Central America Biennial X in Costa Rica. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Soros Fellowship, a Dedalus Foundation Grant and a Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Award. He earned his MFA from Hunter College and his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.

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