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Gilberto Esparza

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Gilberto Esparza
Aguascalientes, Mexico
🏳️ NationalityMexicans
💼 Occupation
Digital Artist
Known forDigital Art
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Gilberto Esparza (Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1975), is a Mexican artist. He currently resides between San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City.[1]


He graduated from the school of plastic arts of the University of Guanajuato and studied a year of exchange at the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos in Valesia, Spain. [1]


His main theme in his works is technology, its relationships, consequences and solutions to the impacts of the human footprint on earth. It makes use of recycling of consumer technology and biotechnology practices. [1]

Collaborations and places where you have exposed[edit]

He has collaborated with research centers (among which "the Group of Chemical and Process Engineering of the University of Cartagena, Spain, Mechatronics Area of CINVESTAV of the National Polytechnic Institute, Institute of Engineering, Juriquilla, UNAM, Digital Arts, University From Guanajuato"). [1]

He has made several group and individual exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Slovenia, Dhoa. He received the Golden Nika, Hybrid Art at the Prix Ars Electronica 2015, second prize Life 13 of Fundación Telefónica de España, honorable mention at Ars Electrónica, Linz Austria and the award for Iberoamerican Production VIDA 09. He is currently a member of the National System of Creators of art. [1]


"Urban Parasites: an intervention in the landscape of Intermediæ" (April 9-September 11, 2011), was a presentation of robotic sculptures in the Intermediæ halls (experimental program of the Arts Area of Madrid City Council), which they are life forms that are maintained by energy generated by human beings. In essence, they are parasitic robots that live in the environment, interacting with the area where they are located. Its composition is the combination of technological waste adapted to electronic and mechanical systems, constituted as artificial "organisms", which survive at the expense of the urban landscape (which feeds from the electrical network in the spaces where they are located).[2]

On October 30, 2014, I present the exhibition "crops" in Lima, Peru.[3]

The work of Gilberto Esparza adds to the scientific approaches of the different branches of biotechnology that postulate a paradigm shift with respect to the usual processes of nature as we inevitably move towards a future made up of intelligent hybrid entities that cross the borders between the science and fiction.[3]

On October 30, 2014, presented in Lima Peru the exhibition "crops", consisting of a project developed in previous years: urban parasites (2006-2008), nomadic plants (2008-2013) and self-photosynthetic plants (2013-2014) .[3]

Self-photosynthetic plants (2013-2014), is a project aimed at the generation of energy based on bacteria residing in wastewater in cities.[3]

His works raise the symbiosis of the urban environment and nature, the relationship of electronic waste with living organisms and the combination of these in hybrid bio-cybernetic entities of which, their life cycles, could come to be seen as a real strategy for the conservation of ecosystems.[3]

The work of Esparza contains diverse topics of biotechnology, where a future in which the distinction between hybrid biotechnological entities exist is sighted.[3]

In his project, nomadic plants (2010), a piece formed between the interaction of organic agents, which have as a means of transport an electronic mechanism, which feeds on contaminated water, which processes through its organic components, generating energy for both the electronic part and the biological part. This work tells us about the adaptability and consequences of environmental deterioration by the human species, the ability of the human species to destroy and at the same time to potentially restore the environment.[4]

It also highlights the human being as an important part of the symbiosis it has with the environment, its interactions and the impact of technology in resolving environmental problems.[4]

List of Works [5][edit]

  • BioSoNot V1.0 (Microbial Fuel Cell Symphony) (Collaboration: Daniel Llermaly, Diego Liedo, Juan Ángel Mejía)
  • Expulsion (2009) (Intervention in the courtyard of the Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca MACO)
  • Girotronic
  • Urban Parasites
  • Parsley looking for the Sun (2007)
  • The work embellishes (2007)
  • Urban cancer
  • Auto photosynthetic plants (2014)


Winner of the first place of hybrid art in "Prix Ars Electronica" 2015, as well as the Life award granted by the Telefónica Foundation in 2014.[6] [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Biografía". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  2. "Memoria Anual" (PDF). Matadero Madrid. 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Fundación Telefónica presenta exposición de vida artificial "cultivos"". Fundación Telefonica. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Martínez Ruiz, Irael Antoio. "Bio-Arte". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  5. "Proyectos". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  6. "Prix Ars Electronica". 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  7. "Arte Biotecnológico de Gilberto Esparza es premiado en Austria". El Universal. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2018.

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