Grimanesa Amorós

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Grimanesa Amorós
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Grimanesa Amorós Uros Island, Venice Biennial 2011
Grimanesa Amorós

1962 (age 60–61)[1]
NationalityPeruvian-born American
Known forLight art
Notable workUros House (2011), Uros Island (2011) "Golden Waters" (2015) "Pink Lotus" (2015)
AwardsNational Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant and the Art in Embassies Program

Grimanesa Amorós (born in Lima, Peru) is a Peruvian-American artist known for large-scale light sculpture installations, where she draws inspiration from Peruvian cultural legacies and the communities surrounding her sculptures.

She has exhibited in Mexico, Tel Aviv, Beijing, and New York's Times Square.

Early life and career[edit]

Grimanesa Amorós was born in Lima, Peru, and she became fascinated with drawing maps at a young age. [2] In her teens, she studied psychology and art. She attended the Miguel Gayo Art Atelier in Lima, Peru.[3] When Amorós was eighteen, she exhibited a sold-out show featuring her paintings.[2]

Amorós moved to New York City to work as an artist in the 1980s. Once there, she was awarded a scholarship to study painting and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York.

She started as a painter but thought about painting in sculptural terms. This eventually lead her to move on to creating three-dimensional artworks.[2]

Grimanesa Amoro's art plays deftly with the notion that painting and sculpture might come into being through the process of shedding, as opposed to accumulation, the more physical aspects of form, so that the condition in which her subjects are presented does not function as a 'final' state at all, but more like one of several possible chosen moments within which the process of coming-into-being has been captured.[4]

Selected light installations / sculptures[edit]

Huanchaco Series[edit]

Glowing red tubes form an open dome in a park at night.
Hedera in Prospect Park

Golden Array (2021)[edit]

Golden Array was commissioned by Jio World Drive for a cultural center in the Bandra Kurla Complex of Mumbai, India. The light sculpture is Amorós’ largest work at three blocks long and three stories high. The sculpture was inspired by the number of telephone lines found on Indian streets.[5]

Argentum (2019)[edit]

Argentum was commissioned by the Bronx Museum for their new location at 80 White Street. The work was created in stainless steel, inspired by the material's historic usage in the building and expansion of Manhattan.

Cetha (2019)[edit]

Created as part of the artists’ residence at the Civita Institute in Civita Di Bagnoregio. Cetha is a red light sculpture inspired by the ancient Etruscan connection to the sun.

Hedera (2018)[edit]

As part of its 40th anniversary, BRIC commissioned HEDERA, a large light installation for Prospect Park in New York. Amorós said she wanted the sculpture to bring viewers closer to a utopia in which people could “celebrate nature, diversity, creativity, and their shared humanity."[6]

Tubes filled with lavender, gold, and white lights wrap around each other and extend into the distance.
Ocupante Ludwig Museum Koblenz 2016

Ocupante (2016)[edit]

In 2016 she exhibited the work title "Ocupante" at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz. The Ludwig Museum Koblenz exhibited three works of Amorós’ pieces; two large-scale installations and a video with the Spanish title "ocupante" - meaning occupiers or owners.[7]

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Pink Lotus at Peninsula Hotel NY 2016

Pink Lotus (2015)[edit]

Golden Waters in Scottsdale, Arizona

Created for Breast Cancer Awareness Month LED lights sculpture installed on the Beaux-Arts façade of The Peninsula New York hotel. The artwork highlights the two Roman goddesses on the facade.[8]

Golden Waters (2015)[edit]

Golden Waters was inspired waterways constructed by the Hohokam tribe in the 13th century.[9] The sculpture is attached to the Soleri bridge, designed by artist, architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri, and runs parallel to the canal channel eighty feet (24 m) west of the bridge.[10] The LED sculpture is a metaphor for the “shifting balance between the city and nature”.[11]

Breathless Maiden Lane (2014)[edit]

Breathless Maiden Lane at 125 Maiden Lane New York, NY

Breathless Maiden Laneas an installation in the atrium of 125 Maiden Lane, a glass, marble and granite space in New York's Financial District. Amorós used LED lights, diffusive material, and "bubble" sculptures. The LED tubing was an allusion to reeds that grow in northern Peru, and the bubbles meant to suggest the artificial islands of Lake Titicaca.[12] The light installation is a part of VIP The Armory Show (art fair) event.[13]

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The Mirror Connection at Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts by Grimanesa Amorós

The Mirror Connection (2013)[edit]

The Mirror Connection was a light sculpture installation which was opened June 2, 2013 and ran through June 22nd, 2013.[14] It included exposed circuitry and unpredictable light patterns.[15]

Fortuna (2013)[edit]

Fortuna was a temporary site-specific light installation located at Tabacalera in Madrid, Spain. Commissioned by Ministry of Education and Culture in Spain, Fortuna was named after the tobacco brand that was manufactured there in the former factory, La Fragua.[16]

Uros Series[edit]

Uros House in Times Square, 2011

In her lighting sculptures, Amorós returns to the theme of the "Uros Islands", which are a series of floating islands in Lake Titicaca bordering Peru and Bolivia. The islands are made from dried totora reeds by the pre-Incan Uros people.[17] When Amorós first visited the islands, she was struck by "the sense of weightlessness and spiritual connectivity" she experienced by walking on them.[18]

The reeds are also used as a structural material to build everything from houses to boats in the Uros culture. Amorós has incorporated the shapes and patterns of these reeds into her lighting sculptures.

Works in the series include: [19]

Uros Island at the 2011 Venice Biennale as part of the collateral project Future Pass

Uros House in Times Square[edit]

Part of the Times Square Alliance Public Arts Program[20] in collaboration with The Armory Show (art fair)[21] This piece was later on being exhibited at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana[22] Uros House uses the traditional shape and design of the Uros islands houses to mirror the beauty of sea foam.[23]

Uros Island at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011)[edit]

54th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. Part of the Collateral Event FUTURE PASS [24]

Uros Island, an installation by Grimanesa Amorós that was featured at the 54th Venice Biennale's International Art Exhibition.[25] The exhibition traveled to Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan and Today Art Museum in China.[26]

Uros at Tribeca Issey Miyake (2011)[edit]

Grimanesa Amorós "Uros" Tribeca Issey Miyake

The bubbles created a tension with the store's exoskeletal designed by Frank Gehry.[27]

Golden Uros as part of the 2011 APART Festival[edit]

At the Chapelle de la Persévérance in Tarascon, France [28]

Racimo on Allure of the Seas in Turku, Finland, 2011

Racimo (2010)[edit]

Amorós’ first large-scale lighting sculpture. Commissioned by ICART for Royal Caribbean International to create a lighting sculpture for Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world.

Racimo is inspired by the vineyards the artist grew up near.[29]


Amorós collaborated with the Biennale Des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, to create the lighting sculpture piece, Timeless Motion (In Life and Light).

In 2014, Amorós collaborated with Akiko Elizabeth Maie, the newest label from Nepenthes AMERICA INC., presenting Onkochishin 2014.[30]

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Grimanesa Amorós Miranda Video Tel Aviv Israel 2013

Ivri Lider of The Young Professionals and Amorós collaborated on the soundtrack of her video, "Miranda". The video premiered with her sculpture, Light between the Islands in 2013.[31]

Afrodiaspora CD cover for Susana Baca designed by Grimanesa Amorós Studio, 2011

Amorós worked with Afro-Peruvian singer and Peru's Minister of Culture, Susana Baca, in her video "Between Heaven and Earth". Baca produced an original score for the video, titled "Nacimiento de Voces" ("Birth Voices"). She also produced an interview documentary titled, La Conexion Perfecta de Susana Baca, which was used in Baca's concerts.[32] Amorós' latest collaboration with Baca is the Baca's latest album in 2011, Afrodiaspora, where Amorós designed and used images of her artwork with photos of Susana in the CD packaging.[33]

In her Rootless Algas video, she worked with Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson who produced an original score.[33] The video exhibited with her installation of large multi-colored algae made by casting translucent abaca sheets.

In Reflexion Obscura she worked with José Luis Pardo - multiple-Grammy nominated and Latin Grammy Winning Los Amigos Invisibles on the score.[34]

In La Incubadora she worked with multiple Grammy-nominated Meshell Ndegeocello.[3]

In 2011, she did a special collaboration with fashion designer Manuel Fernandez in his "Fashion Art" show, creating a dress called "Precious Nipples".[35]

Awards and grants[edit]

Amorós has received the Bronx Museum of the Arts: AIM Alumni Artist Award (NY), The National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship (Washington, DC), among others.

She was a TED global speaker in 2014.[36]


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