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Biography of Itziar Okariz

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b. 1965, San Sebastián, Spain

1965
Born on April 21.
1985
Begins studying fine arts at the Universidad del País Vasco, specializing in sculpture and painting; graduates in 1990.
1991
Receives a subsidy from the provincial government of Guipúzcoa.
1992
Receives a grant from the government of Guipúzcoa. Wins third prize at the XXXIV Certamen de Artistas Noveles de Guipúzcoa in San Sebastián.
1994
Okariz's work is included in the exhibitions Travessies liminars at La Capella in Barcelona and Anys 90: Distància zero at the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, also in Barcelona.
1995
Wins first prize for engraving in the Gure Artea competition, sponsored by the Basque government. Exhibits at Area 2–Sala Rekalde in Bilbao. Takes part in the exhibitions Territorios indefinidos at the Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Elx in Elche, Spain, and Otros mundos posibles at Galería Cruce in Madrid.
1996
Galería Espai Lucas in Valencia, Spain, and Galería Antonio de Barnola in Barcelona mount exhibitions of Okariz's work. Takes part in Érase una vez del minimal al cabaret,70's–90's: Programa de vídeos realizados por mujeres , shown at the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and later at the Museo Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville.
1998
Together with Jesús Segura, takes part in the exhibition Cicle: El jo divers at the Sala Montcada, Fundació "la Caixa" in Barcelona. Okariz's work is featured in two group exhibitions: Open Salvo at the White Box Gallery and Siesta Over at the Sideshow Gallery, both in New York.
1999
The solo exhibition Sweetest is shown at the Casa de Cultura Jareño in San Sebastián. Okariz's work is included in the exhibitions El punto ciego: Arte español de los años 90 at the Kunstraum Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria, and Trans Sexual Express at Fundación Bilbao Arte Fundazioa in Bilbao; the latter exhibition later travels to Gijon and Corunna, Spain, and Budapest. Takes part in the Skin Dive arts festival in Kyoto and the Verbindingen/Jonctions media festival in Brussels.
2000
Receives a grant from the Fundación Marcelino Botín in Santander, Spain. Enrolls in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
2001
Okariz's work is featured in the exhibition Gaur, hemen, orain at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. Participates in the XLIX Biennale di Venezia.
2003
Participates in Llocs de pas: 8è cicle d'intervencions al vestíbul at the Centre Social i Cultural, Fundació "la Caixa" in Lleida, Spain. Takes part in the exhibition Monocanal at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; the exhibition later travels to Corunna, Murcia, Valladolid, San Sebastián, Gijón, and Barcelona.
2005
Presents the exhibition Made with U.S.A. Standard at Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz in Pamplona. Takes part in Encuentro internacional de espacios de arte independientes in Valparaíso, Chile.
2006
Okariz's work is featured in the exhibitions Para todos los públicos at the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, Dancing at La Casa Encendida in Madrid, and Attitude at c/o – Atle Gerhardsen in Berlin.
2007
The solo exhibitions Trepar edificios and Curating the Campus 2007: To Pee in Public and Private Spaces are presented at Adhoc Galería in Vigo, Spain, and deSingel in Antwerp, respectively. Okariz's work is included in the exhibitions Existencias at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in León, Spain, Chacun à son goût at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao.
2008
Presents the exhibition Ghost Box at the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao. Performs Irrintzi in New York. Okariz's work is shown in Exclusiones/Censorship at the Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz in Pamplona, Be Marginal, Be a Hero at Thrust Projects in New York, and a group exhibition, The Furious Gaze, at the Centro Cultural Montehermoso in Vitoria, Spain.
2009
Exhibits at Galería Carreras Múgica in Bilbao. Teaches the performance workshop "Pattern Recognition/ Reconocimiento de patrones" at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in León, Spain.
2010
Creates a performance for the Ellas Crean Festival stand at the ARCO contemporary art fair. Presents the performance Contrariwise, 2010 as part of the activities in conjunction with the exhibition Picasso ante Degas at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Her work is featured in two group exhibitions: Like a river that stops being a river or like a tree that is burning on the horizon without knowing it is burning at the Temporary Gallery Cologne, Germany, and Antes de Todo at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid.
2011
Creates the performance Si yo soy yo, y tú eres tú, ¿quién es más tonto de los dos? for the group exhibition I WAS A MALE YVONNE DE CARLO. El arte crítico puede ser sofisticado, incluso entretenido at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León.
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