meloheadMelissa Cruz García
Colombian-Dutch artist, born in Bogota (CO).
Lives and works everywhere.

“I graduated with a Master in Music specializing in ArtScience, from the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (2010), and hold a BA in Fine Art-Sculpture department from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (2008). Studied Visual Arts in Colombia (1997-2001) and Painting in Florence, Italy (2003-2004).

I build principally installations, machines and objects using resources such as light and its principles, analogue mechanisms and environments; intending to put the audience in a situation in which he/she is active part of the work.

My research into light, projection, visual phenomenon and perception brought me to create hybrids, reinvent optical machines and magical installations based on pre-cinema concepts, optical laws and improvised composition.

By making use of ancient technologies, recycled objects and materials from households; I aim to question different notions of reality. Working in this way allows me to make public or rural interventions as also experiments in every domestic place or nomad.

The link between art and science has leaded me to produce makeshift projections, thus creating an optical link between our concepts and perceptions of the world around us.

My luminous works connect architecture to landscape, physics to history, and reunite the ideas of objects to their artistic representation. The majority of these works are inspired on themes coming from Art history, the history of humanity, philosophic or scientific theories which I transform through antithesis reinventing in this way, the new meaning of it”.

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EDUCATION
Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag (NL). Master in ArtScience. 2008-2010
Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag (NL). Bachelor in Fine Art. 2004-2008
Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence (IT), Painting. 2003-2004
Academia de Artes Guerrero and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (COL). Visual Arts. 1997-2002
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES (selection)
International Festival “Sarajevo Winter”, Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Around a Day in 365 Worlds” 2014
Gemak / Hoogtij #35, Den Haag. “Nomad Library” 2013
One Nest Stand: Let There Be Light / MuseumNacht
Nest, Den Haag. “Casa Tomada / House Taken Over”
2013
COLECCIONISMO Y OTRAS INTERPRETACIONES.
Melissa Cruz García & Laura Pardo.
Quartair, Den Haag and Colombian Embassy in The Netherlands.
2013
Wonderwerp, Studio Loos, Den Haag. “Narcissus III” 2013
A farewell exhibition by Rien Monshouwer, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag. Voyeurism window 2013
Ethnological Museum, Berlin (DE).
Musik Sehen. Humboldt Lab Dahlem, “Lichtklangphonogramm”.
2013
“Operandi”. Gemak and Vrije Academie. Den Haag. “Time Machine” 2012
National University of Colombia. “About fictional homelands”. 2012
Vitrine #29, Weimarstraat, Den Haag. “Site specific vitrine”. 2012
Gemak, MuseumNacht, Den Haag. “Narcissus II”. 2012
Gemak, Hoogtij #30, Galerie route in Den Haag. “Narcissus II”. 2012
Colombian Artists in The Netherlands. Pulchri Studio – Den Haag. 2011
Scheltema Complex, Leiden (NL). Monumentendag, Leiden Museum Night. “Fictional Space I”. 2011
Polderlicht@home 2010, Amsterdam (NL). 2010
Museum Night Amsterdam 2010. 4e Photo Biennial Amsterdam (NL). 2010
GRID 2010. 4e Photo Biennial Amsterdam Metropolitan area. Colombian representation. 2010
Lichtgevoelig/Light Sensitivity, Dead Media Revisited, Stichting Ruimtevaart – Den Haag (NL). 2010
Hoogtij # 22, Museum night, Den Haag (NL). 2010
Spring Festival 2009 Royal Conservatory, Den Haag (NL). 2009
ASIFMA, Stichting Anna Ruimte voor Kunst en Cultuur, Den Haag (NL). 2009
Urban intervention, Den Haag (NL). “Out Of Range”. 2009
Laboratorio Aperto, Bussana Vecchia (IT). “Arco di luce” (Permanent). 2009
Artists in a Building, Bink 36. Den Haag (NL). 2008
Uitgelicht Filmhuis Den Haag (NL). 2007
SKOR and Panorama Zuidvleugel. New Landscape Art. De Lakenhal in Scheltema Complex, Leiden (NL). 2007
Travelling Object. Stichting Noordkaap, Dordrecht (NL). 2007
Korzo Theater, The new titans of The Hague (NL). 2006
RESIDENCIES
Residencias artisticas local, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Winning proposal. Project on nomadism, contextual art and fictional history. 2012
Scheltema Complex Leiden. “Fictional Space I. Project on historical buildings, phenomenological spaces and the ghost image. 2011
Bussana Vecchia (IT)-Gemeente Den Haag (NL). “Arco di Luce”. Project focused on light phenomenon, the history of the place and utopic-rural environments. 2008-2009
Stichting Noordkaap, Dordrecht (NL). 2007
FELLOWSHIPS, STIPENDS AND AWARDS (selection)
Musik Sehen, Humboldt Lab and Ethnological Museum, Berlin (DE).
Winning proposal: LichtklangPhonogramm.
2013
National University of Colombia – Residencias artisticas Local.
Winning proposal: “A contextual Fictional Space: rE-VersO II”.
2012
Pro-Invest Grant. Subsidy for young emerging artist gived by: STROOM-Den Haag. 2011-2012
Huygens Scholarship for top talented students given by Nuffic, Dutch Ministry of Culture and Education (NL). 2009
COMMISSIONED WORKS (selection)
Michael van Hoogenhuyze (Art historian). Portable camera obscura; Flip Book and mixed media sculpture for his art collection. 2013
Ed Jansen (Photographer). Drawing Lichtklangphonogramm, visual score: Blindfolded people, 2013; mixed media sculpture; Flip Book. 2013
ARTIST TALKS (selection)
6th Art and Science Meeting, Bogota: National University of Colombia and University of the Andes. Participation as lecturer and artistic talk. Subject: “The Eye Camera”. 2012
Learn how to create your own animated book: workshop on Flip Books. At Scheltema Complex in Leiden. 2011
“Musurgia universalis”, research group assistance. Royal Academy of Arts, ArtScience department. Final presentation: “A lost point of view”, Villa Ockenburgh. 2011
Stadhuis Den Haag and Colombian Embassy in The Netherlands. “Myth and Ecology”, lecture. 2011
Recycling and finger crochet workshop. Learn how to reuse your discarded plastic and create useful objects with an ancient technique: finger crochet. 2010
PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS (selection)
“Mysterie en vertroosting”. Over een reeks werken van Melissa Cruz Garcia, by Philip Peters (Art historian). To be published in 2013.
“Catching light, showing humbleness”, by Michael van Hoogenhuyze (Art historian). To be published in 2013.
“Melissa Cruz Garcia: ArtScientist – Sculptor – Lecturer”, published in Pandora Magazine, jaargang 2, nummer 1, februari 2013.
“De Grote Haagse Kunstkalender 2013”.
“Mijn Atelier: Melissa Cruz Garcia”. Published by Jegens & Tevens.
“A Contextual Fictional Space: About Fictional Homelands”; memories of an Artist in Residence at The National University of Colombia by Melissa Cruz Garcia. Published by Jegens & Tevens.
“Kogui Mythology: A perceptive Cosmology”, by Melissa Cruz Garcia. Published by Second Sight Magazine. Issue #30 Connections.
“Time Machine” Flip Book publication made thanks to Stroom and Scheltema Complex in Leiden (2011).
“Fictional Space I” catalog of the exhibition “Fictional Space I” in Scheltema Complex.
“Hare majesteit is ook lid” by Renate van der Zee. Den Haag Centraal newspaper, November 26-2010.
Grid 2010, 4e Internationale fotografie biennale Amsterdam metropolitan area. Catalogue.
Eindexamen 2010, catalog, KABK, Den Haag, 2010.
Den Haag Sculpture 2008.
“Rembrandt 400 años de su natalicio”. Revista mèdica en colombia: Una aproximacion a la ciencia y el arte, December 12, 2005. Authors: Melissa Cruz Garcia, Bernardo Lombo Lievano.