Francis Alÿs

Born on 22 August 1959 in Antwerp, Belgium, Francis Alÿs is an artist whose works cut across many disciplines, including social action, architecture, photography, contemporary conceptualism, and art. He is currently based in Mexico, where he relocated to become an artist, leaving his first calling as an architect in Belgium.

In his practice as an interdisciplinary artist, Alÿs explores the monotony of day-to-day life, as well as geopolitical and anthropological systems. He often pushes the artmaking’s boundaries with works that include public actions, performances, drawings, paintings, videos, and installations.

Some have been featured at institutions like the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tate and the Museum of Modern Art.

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