Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexican, b.1967) is a Mexican-Canadian artist known for large-scale interactive installations that fuse architecture and performance art using technological materials, including cell phones, LED lights, and robotics. In the 1980s, Lozano-Hemmer emigrated from Mexico City to Canada to study at the University of Victoria and Concordia University. After graduating, he was briefly employed in a molecular recognition lab in Montreal. Though he did not pursue a career as a scientist, his interest in chemistry and technology has influenced his work in many ways.
His large-scale interactive installations have been featured in the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City, the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam, the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon, the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan, the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He has had exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. In addition, he was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale His work is included in numerous collections around the world, including the MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, AGO in Toronto, CIFO in Miami, Jumex in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, and MUAC in Mexico City, among others.
He is the recipient of two BAFTA Awards for Interactive Art in London, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, “Artist of the year” Rave Award from Wired magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon, and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau.
Lozano-Hemmer lives and works in Montréal and Madrid.