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Biography of Asier Mendizabal

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b. 1973, Ordizia, Spain

1973
Born on January 29.
1991
Begins studying fine arts at the Universidad del País Vasco.
1995
Receives an Erasmus grant to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.
1996
Graduates with a fine arts degree from the Universidad del País Vasco.
1997
Earns a postgraduate degree in fine arts from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Mendizabal's work is featured in the exhibition accompanying the XXXVII Certamen de Artistas Noveles de Guipúzcoa in San Sebastián.
1998
Receives a grant from the provincial government of Guipúzcoa. Participates in the workshop "Ángel Bados—Txomin Badiola" at Arteleku in San Sebastián. Awarded a residency grant by de Ateliers in Amsterdam until 2000.
1999
Wins first prize in the XXXVIII Certamen de Artistas Noveles de Guipúzcoa in San Sebastián.
2000
Takes part in the Gure Artea competition, sponsored by the Basque government, and the video festival Intervenciones TV in Vitoria, Spain. Donostiako Arte Ekinbideak in San Sebastián presents the solo exhibition No Time for Love.
2001
The Dutch Ministry of Culture awards Mendizabal an FVBKB grant until 2003. Mendizabal's work is included in the exhibitions Gaur, hemen, orain at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, Parcours d'incidents at de Ateliers in Amsterdam, and Blackout totale at the New International Cultural Center in Antwerp.
2002
The video Goierri Konpeti, created with Iñaki Garmendia, premieres at the Kutxa in San Sebastián. Takes part in the Taipei Biennale and in Desartxibo publicación para memoria, an exhibition celebrating the reopening of Arteleku in San Sebastián.
2003
Exhibits at Galería T4 in Barcelona. Mendizabal's work is included in the exhibitions Cine y casi cine at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and Després de la noticia at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona.
2004
Receives a Juan de Otaola y Pérez de Saracho grant, awarded by the city of Basauri, Spain. Takes part in the Gure Artea competition, sponsored by the Basque government; VI Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists in Vršac and Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro; and Manifesta 5 in San Sebastián.
2005
Receives a grant from the Fundación Marcelino Botín in Santander, Spain. Presents a lecture at the seminar "We Rule the School: Conversaciones e investigación" at Arteleku in San Sebastián. Arizko Dorrea in Basauri, Spain, presents the solo exhibition Überbau/basauri. Mendizabal's work is included in the exhibition Nulles 05: Representacions rurals in Nulles, Tarragona, Spain.
2006
Receives a residency grant from Platform Garanti in Istanbul. Takes part in the Gure Artea competition and the exhibition Wat is/Wat Zou Kunnen at W139 in Amsterdam.
2007
Mendizabal's work is included in Chacun à son goût at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Itinerarios 05–06: XIII Becas de Artes Plásticas at the Fundación Marcelino Botín in Santander, Spain. Exhibits at Galería Carreras Múgica in Bilbao and at Artis in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands (Not All That Moves [Is Red]). Coordinates the workshop "Ficciones pleglables: Ciclo de cine," devoted to the work of Jørgen Leth and Dan Holmberg, at Arteleku in San Sebastián.
2008
Together with Klaas van Gorkum and Xabier Salaberria, awarded first prize at the Gure Artea competition, sponsored by the Basque government. The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents the exhibition Asier Mendizabal . Participates in the exhibition La colección VIII: No más héroes at Artium, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo in Vitoria, Spain.
2009
Mendizabal's work is featured in two exhibitions in Barcelona: at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and at ProjecteSD.
2010
Awarded the Ojo Crítico de Artes Plásticas 2010 prize by "El Ojo Crítico", a program dedicated to cultural affairs broadcast on Spanish National Radio. Fundação Culturgest, Lisbon, inaugurates and/or , the first exhibition dedicated to the artist outside of Spain. Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, presents the exhibition Gure Artea XXXX. Iratxe Jaio / Klaas van Gorkum, Asier Mendizabal, Xabier Salaberria .
2011
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, dedicates a show to the artist as part of the program FISURAS, and purchases six of the artist's pieces at Madrid's contemporary art fair ARCO Participates in the 54th Venice Biennial , where his works Soft Focus, Hard Edge, Benta-Haundi and Signals, Calls and Marches are featured in the 2011 International Art Exhibition.
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