Born in Mexico in 1975 and now living between Berlin and Mexico City, artist Mariana Castillo Deball has a multidisciplinary practice, working across diverse mediums as well as various fields of study. After completing a Master of Fine Art from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, Castillo Deball undertook the postgraduate program of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht in 2002–03.
Castillo Deball’s chimerical, changing practice incorporates, among other mediums, sculpture, film, photography, drawing, ceramics, printmaking (including lithography, linocut and woodblock prints) and book making. In her installations and research-based projects, objects take on the role of characters in a play or opera that have been removed from their times and circumstances in order to convey meaning through new contexts. Castillo Deball’s work recent solo presentations include Modern Art Oxford, England (2020), Museum Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2019) Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2019); New Museum, New York (2019); Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago (2018); and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2018). Major group exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), Aichi Triennale (2016), Liverpool Biennial (2016), 8th Berlin Biennale (2014) and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012). In 2013, she was awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, resulting in her major exhibition Parergon at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin in 2014. Alongside her artistic practice, Castillo Deball teaches. She has been a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster, Germany since 2015.