Ernesto Burgos

© Courtesy of Ernesto Burgos and cadet capela

Born in 1979, Santa Clara, CA; raised in Chile.
Lives and works in New York, NY

Ernesto Burgos’ sculptural works are influenced by the abstract expressionist tendencies of the 1950s, characterized by large forms and the manipulation of raw materials. Burgos uses ordinary materials such as cardboard, fiberglass and resin, undergoing a meticulous process of folding, tearing, cutting and gluing, guided partly by intuition and partly by the nature of the materials themselves. The artist is fascinated by objects in the process of transformation, and insists that the process remains visible in the final piece.

His artistic exploration extends beyond his own exhibitions, as evidenced by his curation of the group show “Evening of the Day” at cadet capela in April 2023, featuring works by Saif Azzuz, Chelsea Culprit, Brian DeGraw, Brittni Ann Harvey, Erin O’Keefe, Eddie Martinez, Sarah Peters and Derek Weisberg. This exhibition depicting a contemporary New York art scene explored the cyclical nature of art and its motifs.

Burgos received a BFA from the College of the Arts in San Francisco, California, in 2004, followed by an MFA from New York University in 2008. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in international galleries such as Kate Werble Gallery in New York, The Goma in Madrid and David Castillo Gallery in Miami. His work is also part of the public collection of the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg in Germany.

Curriculum vitae

Solo and two-person exhibitions
  • 2023
    Shape Memory, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, KR
  • When a bird lands on the ground it invariably stops singing, The Sunday Painter, London, GB
  • Gyre, Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles, US
  • 2022
    Colibrí, ak contemporary, Köln, DE
  • Cat’s Tongue, cadet capela, Paris, FR
  • 2021
    Unfaithful to Translations, Ross + Kramer Gallery, East Hampton, US
  • 2019
    Singing in a Foreign Language, The Goma, Madrid, ES
  • 2018
    Implications, curated by Rachel Adams Miller, University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, US
  • 2017
    Mondo, Revolver Galería, Lima, PE
  • One Thing After Another, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • Chris Duncan & Ernesto Burgos, with Chris Duncan, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, US
  • 2016
    Potaje, Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, US
  • 2015
    Without Isolating Themes, The Goma, Madrid, ES
  • 2014
    Monotony of Type, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • 2013
    Old Habits, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, US
  • 2012
    The tone was a synthesis of all the voices they had ever heard, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • 2011
    Notes in the Margin, The Goma, Madrid, ES
  • 2010
    Next to Nowhere, with Aaron Raymer, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • 2009
    Opening Night and Apparent Calm, with Michelle Elzay, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • 2007
    Kilowattz, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, US
  • Whats in the Stew if the Flu is in the Chicken, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, US
Group exhibitions
  • 2024
    tenterhooks, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, US
  • 2023
    Desire is a spiral, Revolver Galeria, New York, US
  • What’s That About, curated by Saif Azzuz, Anthony Meier, Mill Valley, US
  • Drawings by Sculptors, organized by Carl D’Alvia, Helena Anrather, New York, US
  • 2022
    Beyond The Frame, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, BE
  • The Shape Of Things, Swivel Gallery, Saugerties, NY, US
  • Staging, Club Rhubarb North, Catskills, NY, US
  • 2021
    Friends & Family, Magenta Plains, New York, US
  • This Is It, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • Ten Years, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, US
  • 2019
    Summer Towel Show, Galeria Alegria, Madrid, ES
  • 2017
    What’s Up: The Americas, curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, Whiteleys, London, GB
  • SIN-BIN, FLAT: TWO, London, GB
  • Archipelago, The Chimney, New York, US
  • What’s Up, curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, New York, US
  • Flat Fix, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, US
  • 2016
    Not My Bridge Not My Water, Aetopoulos, Athens, GR
  • Between you and Me, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, US
  • The Visible Hand, 67 Ludlow St, New York, US
  • House of Cardboards, Van Horn, Dusseldorf, DE
  • 2015
    Rock Hound Swap Meet, Junior Projects, New York, US
  • Jug Life, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, US
  • 40 Years l 40 Artists l 40 Artworks, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE
  • Thanks. Thank U, Helper Projects, Brooklyn, US
  • Granpalazzo, Palazzo Rospigliosi in Zagarolo, Roma, IT
  • 2014
    Remake/Remodel, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • Spitball, curated by Progress Report, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, US
  • 2012
    Visible Architects: New Chilean Art At a Global Crossroads, Embassy of Chile, Washington, DC; University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, US
  • Convocatoria, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, ES
  • Ugly, Broke, Sober, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, US
  • 2011
    You Are Here Forever, Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami, US
  • Champagne Urbana, The Paper Mill, Sydney, AU
  • It’s All In The Peripherals, Gallery M, Louisville, KY, US
  • Control Alt Delete, curated by HKJB, Brooklyn, US
  • Wild Combinations, curated by Jay Nelson, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, US
  • 2010
    Every Other Day, curated by Donald Johnson-Montenegro, Ideobox, Miami, US
  • Perseids, curated by Sorine Anderson & Kari Adelaide, Custer Observatory, Southold, NY, US
  • Half-Blue, Casino Metropolitano, Mexico City, MX
  • Born to Die, curated by Jay Henderson, Second Home Projects, Berlin, DE
  • Friends in High Places, curated by Adrian Ting/Zach Needler, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, US
  • Paper Awesome, curated by Brion Nuda Rosca, Baer Ridgway, San Francisco, US
  • Portable Caves, curated by HKJB, Long Island City, NY, US
  • Kryptonite, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, US
  • True Singing is a Different Breathing, curated by Andrew Prayzner, Vaudeville Park, New York, US
  • 2009
    Black Mondays, curated by Thomas McDonell, curated by Thomas McDonell, New York, US
  • <>, The Commons Gallery, New York, US
  • Flying by the Seat of Your Pants, curated by Adriana Farietta, Miami, US
  • Get Ready, curated by Claudia Scalise, MDC Wolfson Gallery, Miami, US
  • 2008
    Thursday the 12th, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
  • 3, curated by Chris Duncan, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, US
  • Kick out the Jams, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, US
  • Drawing a Conclusion, curated by Daniel Lacy, Peloton Gallery, Syndey, AU
  • 2007
    Smile on Your Brother, Rosenberg Gallery, New York, US
  • Smash and Grab, Locust Projects, Miami, US
  • All is well that begins well and has no end, 80WSE, New York, US
  • The Most Curatorial Bienniale of the Universe, Apex Art, New York, US
  • Look Away, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, US
  • 2006
    I Used to Believe, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, US
  • Searching for Love and Fire, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, US
  • 2005
    Plural Miami, curated by Antonio Zaya, Edge zones, Miami, US
  • Scramble-It, curated by Gabriela Keddell, Edge zones, Miami, US
  • Wet, curated by Charo Oquet and David Vardi, Edge zones, Miami, US
  • 2004
    CHA-CHA-CHA, curated by Jose-Carlos, Diaz, Miami, US
  • Last of the Craft, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, US
  • The Painting Show, Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, US
  • The Most Wanted Show, Fache Gallery, Miami, US
  • 10 Year Anniversary Show, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, US
  • 2003
    Three Painters Show, Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, US
  • 7 Degrees of Separation, Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, US
  • CHE+R=Evolution-The World is Beginning to Tremble, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, US
  • Young Bay Area Artists, curated by Patricia Rodriguez, Mission Cultural Center for the Arts, San Francisco, US
  • 2023
    Art Basel Miami, Parrasch Heijnen, Miami, US
  • Art Brussels, cadet capela, Brussels, BE
  • Frieze Los Angeles, Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles, US
  • ART SG, Gana Art Gallery, Singapore, SG
  • 2022
    NADA Miami, Parrasch Heijnen, Miami, US
  • Art Dubai, (Solo), cadet capela, Dubai, AE
  • 2021
    Future Fair, (Solo), Ross + Kramer Gallery, New York, US
  • 2016
    CODE Art Fair, curated by Ryan Steadman and Ryan Wallace, Copenhagen, DK
  • 2014
    NADA NY, duo with Luke Stettner, New York, US
  • 2013
    Bienal 2013: Here Is Where We Jump, El Museo Del Barrio, New York, US
  • Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE
  • 2008
    MFA, New York University, New York, US
  • 2004
    BFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, US