Kenyon College

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexican, b. 1967)


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is an electronic media artist who utilizes robotics, computerized surveillance and telematics networks to create interactive installations that make use of architectural, performative, and phantasmagoric qualities. Born in Mexico City in 1967, Lozano-Hemmer attended college in Montréal, Canada, earning a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University, and today divides his time between Montréal and Madrid. Lozano-Hemmer has exhibited internationally since the 1990s, most recently in solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the MUAC Museum in Mexico City and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. He was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007, and has since continued to exhibit in Art Biennials and Triennials around the globe. Among his many awards are two BAFTAs from the British Academy, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, the Governor General’s Award in Canada, the Trophée des Lumières in France and an International Bauhaus Award in Germany. Lozano-Hemmer is a faculty associate of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.