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Performance by Guadalupe Maravilla

Performance by Guadalupe Maravilla
Friday, December 15, 2017

IrvinElia, Alba, The Shaman ((Guadalupe Maravilla), 2012

Guadalupe Maravilla, formerly known as Irvin Morazan, is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice merges sculpture, performance, photography, and video, often drawing from his Salvadorian background to address themes of Latin American identity and migration. Investigating the passage of traditions over both time and geographic locations, Guadalupe Marvilla often combines pre-Colombian mythologies and ritual with touchstones of contemporary urban culture.


Guadalupe Maravilla (formally known as Irvin Morazan) adopted his undocumented father’s fake last name Maravilla to show solidarity during these challenging political times. As a child Maravilla immigrated alone to the United States from El Salvador escaping a civil war and was undocumented until he was 16 years old when he became a US citizen.

Maravilla is an Assistant Professor at VCU Sculpture + Extended Media. He utilizes performance, sculpture and video to explore fictional and autobiographical rituals that are sparked by current events and his autobiography.

Maravilla has performed and presented his work extensively throughout the past few years in venues such as the New Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, El Museo Del Barrio, Jersey City Museum, Masur Museum of Art, Caribbean Museum (Colombia), MARTE Museum (El Salvador), Mercosur Biennial (Brazil), Central America Biennial X ( Costa Rica), XI Nicaragua Biennial (Nicaragua), Performa 11, Performa 13, Saud Haus (Berlin), Vooruit (Belgium), Fuxe-Box Festival, and Exit Art. Residencies include: LMCC Workspace, SOMA (Mexico City), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been recognized by numerous awards and fellowships including Creative Capital Grant, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, Art Matters Grant, VMFA 2017, VCU Fountainhead Fellowship, Daedalus Foundation Fellowship, Cisneros Foundation Travel Grant, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Award for Photography.

October 14, 2017