Maria José Arjona

1973 Bogotá, Colombia
Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia
  Master In Visual Arts
Higher Academy of Art, Bogotá, Colombia
Previously trained as a contemporary dancer
2016 “Lara Project” (Artist in Residency Program and exhibition), Galapagos and Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quioto, Ecuador
2012 “Irregular Hexagon” (Performance), JCVA Jerusalem and Baad Gallery, Bezalel Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel
“72-13”, TheatreWorks, Singapore, Singapore 
“Artist Is Residency Program”, Location One, New York, USA
2009  “A Line Of Thought, A Line Of Action, A Line” (Performance), Artist in residency program at the Watermill Center, New York, USA
1999  “Tact” (Performance), Artist in Residency Program-Performative Space, Colombia, Colombia
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 “TO BE KNOWN AS INFINITE”, curated by Claudia Segura and Jennifer Burris, MAMBO, MAMBO – Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá, Colombia
2016 “Right at the center there is silence”, VIDEOINSIGHT FOUNDATION, Turin, Italy
“You Are Splendid“ (Performance), Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
2015 “Avistamiento“ (Performance cycle), Flora-Ars-Natura, Bogotá, Colombia
2014 “Humanos“ – First installment emering from “Avistamiento“ (Sound installation), Flora, Bogotá, Colombia
“Espiritu“ (Performance), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lucca, Lucca, Italy
“Agent, Encoding, Flow” (Performance), Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisan, Milan, Italy
2013 “…Pero Soy El Tigre” (Performance), Mor-Charpentier, Bogotá, Colombia & Paris, France
2012 “The Kiss” (Performance/Installation), Location One, New York, USA
“New Acquisitions” (Photo documentation of performance), Museo del Banco de la Republica, Bogotá, Colombia
“All The Others In Me” (Performance), Marrakech Bienniale, Marrakech, Morocco
“All The Others In Me” (Performance), curated by Julia Draganović and Claudia Löffelholz – LaRete Art Projects, Galleria Bianconi, Milano, Italy
2011 “Vires” (Performance), N-CE Arte, Bogotá, Colombia
“Situation” (Performance), The Ballroom Marfa, New York, USA
“Habito” (Performance), Art First, Bologna, Italy
“Alimetno” (Performance), Tony and Heather Podesta Collection, Washington, USA
2010 “The Artist Is Present”(Re-enactment), Luminosity, Imponderabilia and Nude with skeleton, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
“Vires” (Performance cycle), MADRE Museum, Naples, Italy & Teatro Anatomico, Bologna, Italy
“Vires/ Exercises #2 and #4” (Performance), “On Luck, destiny and fate“/ “On knowledge and liberation“ (Performance cycle), Abramovic Studio at Location One, New York, USA
2009 “Lineamentum” (Performance), Galeria Alcuadrado, Bogotá, Colombia
“Performance Studies: A selection of recent performative work developed at the watermill center” (Documentation), Watermill Brooklyn Gallery, New York, USA
“Affirmations” (Video and Photo documentation), Pulse Miami-Performance Program, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany
2008  “The White Series” (Performance cycle), Diet Gallery, Miami, USA
“History” (Performance), Third Guangzhou Trienale, Guangzhou, China
2006  “Fake” (Video performance), Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, USA
2004  “Vault” (Performance), The Ballroom Marfa, Marfa (TX), USA
“Don’t Call It Performance” (Video-performance), Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
2003  “Vault” (Performance), Galeria Valenzuela & Klenner, Colombia, Colombia
“Winged” (Drawings), Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA
2002 “Monument” (Performance), Art in Public Spaces, Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Colombia, Colombia
2001 “Nomad Territory” (Performance cycle), Dorsch Gallery, Miami, USA
2000  “365 Days” (Performance cycle), Proyecto Pentagano, Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Marta, Colombia / Valenzuela & Klenner Gallery, Colombia, Colombia
1999 “Absorption” (Performance-installation), Higher Academy of Art, Colombia, Colombia
1998  “Anamorficas” (Dancer), Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendano, Colombia, Colombia
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017/18 “ZWANZIG”, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
2016 “Life Line“ (Performance), LARA ART PROJECT – Latin American RoamingArt, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito; Quito, Ecuador
“Political Bodies”, performance of “Birdcage” at 16th Performance Festival Osijek, Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek, Croatia
“10Lies”, durational interactive performance in the Militant Nostalgia program curated by Paco Barragan for Nuit Blanche Toronto,Artscape Sandbox, Toronto, Canada
“In/Tangible” (Performance/Video documentation), Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
“Mute and Playing With The Spirit” (Video documentation), Josee Benavueu Gallery, New York, USA
“Militant Nostalgia” (Performance), Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada
“Birdcage” (Performance), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
2015  “Like Fireflies” (Video documentation of performance), Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art, Rijeka/Croatia
“Auto-Body” (Video documentation of performance), Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires/Argentina
“Young Collections 02” (Von-Kelterborn Collection) (Video documentaion), Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Germany
“What Kind of a Celebration” (Re-enactment of the performance “Karaoke“), Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
2014  “Four Legged Animal” (Video documentation of performance), MFA Boston, USA
2013  “Tiempo Medio” (Long Durational Performance), 43 Salon Nacional De Artistas, Medellin Colombia
“4 Legged Animals” (Video/Performance), Kredi Art Center Building, Istanbul, Turkey
“Hexagono Irregular” (Documentation), Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendano, Bogotá, Colombia
“Be You” (Performance) oder “Second Messenger“ (Happening), Do It-Manchester International Festival, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2012  “New Aquisitions“ (Photo documentation of Performance), Museo Del Banco De La Republica, Bogotá, Colombia
“Eros And Thanatos” (Video documentation of performance), Scheublein Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
2011 “Right At The Center, There Is Silence” (Performance), Croatia Biennale, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
“Situation 2” (Performance/Installation), Museo del Banco de la República, Colección Maraloto, Bogotá, Colombia
“Camine Despacio” (Performance), Museo del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia
“Transcription-Infusion-Memory” (Performance), The Festival of Ideas, The New Museum, New York, USA
2010 “Post-Affirmations” (Documentation emerging from the performance Affirmations), Volta NY, New York, USA
“Retorno” (Documentation emerging from the performance Retorno), Museum of Contemporary Art of Medellin, Medellin, Colombia
“Vires /Exercise #3” (Performance), Hilger Contemporary & Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
2009 “Untitled” (Performance), In-Transit, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“Constellations” (Performance), Watermill Center, New York, USA
“Four-legged Animal” (Video-performance), Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany
2008 “Retorno” (Performance), Galeria Alcuadrado, Bogotá, Colombia
2007 “Particulars” (Performance), Diet Gallery, Miami, USA
“Time” (Performance), Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Maracaibo, Lia Bermudez, Maracaibo, Venezuela
2005 “Understanding Water” (Performance), The Ballroom Marfa, Marfa (TX), USA
“Vivo” (Video documentation of performance), Gallery SE, Bergen, Norway
“Flight” (Performance), MiamiI Light Project, Miami, USA
“Oil Based Media” (Performance), Brenice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, USA
2004 “Performagia” (Documentation), Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
2002 “Crow-Condor Project” (Performance cycle), Festival Nacional de performance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cali, Colombia
“No Show” (Performance), Fred Snitzer Gallery, Miami, USA
2001 “I Bring The Ocean” (Performance), Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA / EXIT ART, New York, USA
2000 “Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…” (Performance), Valenzuela & Klenner Gallery, Colombia, Colombia
1999 “Nutriment” (Performance), Museum of Modern Art, La Tertutlia, Cali, Colombia
1998 “Fluid” (Performance), Fundacion Gilberto Alzate Avendano-Salon de Nominados, Colombia, Colombia
2016 “No todo es fragilidad. Video-performances de artistas mujeres”, curated by Silvio De Garcia, Sechiisland’s Micro Gallery, Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, 2016
2015 “Lo que puede un cuerpo. Maria José Arjona”, text by Rubén Dario Yepes Muñoz, Rubén Dario, 2015, Colombia. ISBN: 978-958-753-196-1
2013 “Marina Abramovic in conversation with Maria José Arjona”, Text by Maria José Arjona, Arte al día International. International Magazine of Contemporary Latin American Art, No.144, October, November, December 2013, p. 64-71. ISBN: 215-2146
2012 “Vires. Un proyecto de Maria José Arjona”, published by NC-Arte, Text by Guillermo Ovalle, Bogotá, Colombia. ISBN: 978-958-57203-3-6 
2011 “Maraloto. La mirada del coleccionista”, edited and published by Banco de la República, Museo de Arte, Bogotá, 2011. ISBN: 978-958-664-237-8
2010 “Vires”, exh. cat., published by Anita Beckers Galerie, Frankfurt, 2010
2018 Arcos-Palma, Ricardo,“MARÍA JOSÉ ARJONA. ESE ANIMAL QUE MIGRA“, Artishock, 02/05/2018
Pryce, Amanda: “María José Arjona moves to the ‘Infinite Self’ at Bogotá’s Mambo“, The City Paper Bogota, online, 12/4/2018
2016 Lüddeman, Stefan: “‚Flug’ in der Kunsthalle. Maria José Arjona: Letzte Performance in Osnabrück”, Osnabrücker Zeitung, 04/03/2016
Sierra B., Ángela Patricia; Guerrero, Diego: “Así fue la presentación de María José Arjona en Madrid”, Periódico Arteria, 20/02/2016, Bogotá/Madrid
Lüddeman, Stefan: “Kunst für positive beziehungen. Maria José Arjona und ihr Osnabrücker Projekt”, Osnabrücker Zeitung, 13/02/2016
2015 Toro Vesga, Maria Alejandra: “‘Avistamiento’, una experiencia para apreciar con todos los sentidos”,, 29/10/2015 (2:24pm)
Lüddeman, Stefan: “Künstlerin der radikalen performance. Maria José Arjona in der Kunsthalle Osnabrück”, Osnabrücker Zeitung, 21/03/2015
2013 “María José Arjona, la artista que reta al tiempo”, Revista Cromos (, 05/11/2013
Rodriguez, Dominique: “La artista María José Arjona es sorprendente”, Revista Diners (, 06/10/2013
Oquendo B., Catalina: “María José Arjona: 24 horas contra su cuerpo”,, 09/09/2013
Guerrero, Diego: “María José Arjona: la fuerza de la perseverancia”, Periódico Arteria, No. 40, September-October 2013, Bogotá, Colombia
2011 Rodriguez, Marta: “Maria José Arjona. Líneas de tiempo”, ArtNexus, No. 83, Vol. 10/2011, p. 65-68, Colombia
“María José Arjona, el cuerpo liberado”, Revista Cromos (, 20/09/2011
Gallón Salazar, Angélica: “La mujer del diamante entre los dientes”, El espectador, 11/09/2011, p. 46, Colombia
2009 Klementz, Constanze: “Aussagekräftig ohne Botschaft. Die performativen Sprachräume von Maria José Arjona”,, 15/05/2009