Cristóbal Ochoa (Caracas, Venezuela 1986) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Paris since 2017. Trained primarily as a sculptor, his body of work is wide, encompassing different mediums, from clay and acrylic to photography, video, installation, and performance, which tackle the unusual, and often overlooked aspects of our daily lives and invite the public to question received ideas and social issues.
The common thread that runs through his diverse body of work is a tactility that is as immediate as it is imminent when approaching each piece. His artistic practices aim at questioning politics, social inequality, fashion, exile and globalization, while playing with the viewer's perception, always using the human element as his point departure and recently, gender perception and body identity. In this last project, the artist turns his own body to a medium, in order to redraw the boundaries between male and female sexualization and idealization.
Fine Arts degree at the Armando Reveron School of Fine Arts (currently Unearte).
Awards and activities
Perfomance/atelier, Palais de Tokyo,Paris, France.
Artistic Residency, CCAS. Le Monetier Les Bains, France.
Artistic Residency, Chateau de la Haute Borde. La Loire, France.
Artistic Residency, Centre Intermondes. La Rochelle, France.
Bourse Regards d’ailleurs ADAGP. Paris, France.
Armando Reveron Young Artists Prize, AVAP (Venezuelan Association of Visual Artists)
First Prize “Translations” Art Festival, Brighton, United Kingdom.
Omar Carreño Prize for Young Artists, Venezuelan Architects Association.
First Prize of Urban Art. Caracas, Venezuela.
ACAF Distinction (Carabobo Association of Fire Arts) 38th National Salon of the Fire Arts, University of Carabobo, Venezuela.
“I Was Yesterday/ Today I Am” Distinction, Urban Category, sponsored by Coca-Cola Company, Caracas, Venezuela.
First Prize Design, Diesel Venezuela Competition.
Work Stock Award, 36th Salon of the Fire Arts. Valencia, Venezuela.
“Paris dresses in wood” 9, Hôtel Opéra Gallery. Paris, France.
Wanderlust “Errances” Exhibit. Leonor Parra curator. Ibu Gallery. Paris, France.
“Interclusiones” Exhibit. Viloria Blanco Gallery. Maracaibo, Venezuela
“Estar” Exhibit “Los Conos de Madre” performance. Beatriz Gil Gallery. Caracas, Venezuela
“Cristobal Ochoa, Pérouges House of Contemporary Arts” Residency followed by Exhibit. Lyon, France.
“Symbiosis” Exhibit. Los Galpones Art Center. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Enconos” Exhibit, La Guayaba Verde. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Introyeccion” Exhibit, Multiple Gallery for Contemporary Art. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Proyections” Exhibit El Gato Gallery. Bogotá, Colombia.
"Remasks" Marie de Paris Centre. Paris, France.
“Artistic Freedom, Censorship and Exile” Châtelet Theatre., Paris, France.
“Visions from Exile” Festival, International City for the Arts. Paris, France.
“Nature’Art” Exhibit. Espace Commines, Paris, France.
“Open Doors Artists In Exile” Atelier. Paris, France.
“Experimentum Y” Exhibit Mariela Lairet Curator. Cultural Center. Lima, Peru.
“Distorssions XVIII” Intersection of the Literary Creation. Ursula Rey Curator, Carora, Venezuela.
19th Salon of Young Artists Iberoamerican Art Fair (FIA) Museum of Contemporary Art, Maracaibo, Venezuela.
“Axis of Freedom” Exhibit. Lorena Gonzalez Curator, El Hatillo Center for the Arts. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Oficina de San Jeronimo” Eduardo Arroyo Curator, Casa del Lector, Matadero Contemporary Art Center. Madrid, Spain.
“Organica” Exhibit, Susana Benko Curator, Integrated Arts Center. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Venezuelan Artists” Exhibit, Xein Jeno Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
“Zibo MACSABAL” Symposium, Zibo, Jinan, China.
“Black and White” Exhibit, Fernando Zubillaga Gallery, Los Galpones Contemporary Art Center. Caracas, Venezuela.
“One, Multiple and Variants” Exhibit, Multiple Gallery for Contemporary Art. Caracas, Venezuela.
38th National Salon of Fire Arts, Carabobo University. Carabobo, Venezuela.
“Los Conos de Madre” Performance, In the Middle of the Street Urban Festival. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Actions, Reactions and Visions” Exhibit, Gallery 39. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Contemporary Ceramics” Exhibit, GSeven Gallery, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Los Galpones. Caracas, Venezuela.
Participant in the First Paper Biennial, Braulio Salazar. University Gallery. Valencia, Venezuela.
Participant at the 36th Salon of Fire Arts, Braulio Salazar University Gallery. Valencia, Venezuela.