Biography of Grimanesa Amoros – Peruvian American Light Artist

Photographer: Gigi Stoll

Life and career of the Peruvian woman light artist

One of the most respected interdisciplinary women artists in the 21st century, Grimanesa Amorós has always been working hard to reach the heights. Born in Lima, Peru, she decided to move to New York at the outset of her career to fulfill her artistic ambitions. In ‘The Big Apple’, Amorós managed to get a scholarship to the prestigious Art Students League where she studied everything from painting to sculpture and printmaking. That was the time when the formation of her creative ideas evolved into creating three-dimensional media art.

What makes Grimanesa’s artworks unique is that they combine landmark features of lighting, videography, and technology. Such a multifaceted approach allows the Peruvian artist to showcase the beauty of architecture and get viewers engaged in the rhythm of a specific site. Through her light-based installations, Amorós often draws attention to global burning issues and delivers socially important messages to communities.

As a Peruvian-American light artist, Amorós finds her inspiration in the synthesis of two different cultures. She never gets isolated from the history of her home country and continues to make use of this heritage when creating her artworks. Backed by the Peruvian legacy, a Grimanesa’s style of conveying emotions and researching locations makes her installations world-famous.

Recognition of Peruvian artist’s works

Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the Paolo Soleri Bridge in Arizona, CAFA museum in China, Times Square, multiple places in Hong Kong, Madrid and Tel Aviv are only a few of the many locations which feature fascinating light installations of Grimanesa Amorós. You can find her works in almost all parts of the globe, including Latin America and Asia. In 2016, the Ludwig Museum presented a traveling exhibition and monograph of the artist’s work. It is hardly surprising that such an intense viewers’ interest in her art accounts for extremely fast-selling exhibitions.

Nowadays, Grimanesa often gets invited to talk about critical theory, social history, and other cultural aspects at numerous universities and institutions, such as the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Parsons, Tongji University, Rutgers University, and the American University of Dubai. She is passionate about sharing her experience with rising artists as well as those who are interested in technology and mixed media. In 2014, she was one of the speakers at TEDGlobal where she dwelled on landscapes and the latest technology in art.

Throughout the Grimanesa’s artistic career, the woman’s artworks have been discussed by Forbes Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She has also been featured in several publications such as Surface Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and New York Magazine. Other than that, Amorós is a recipient of the ‘NEA Visual Artist Fellowship’, the ‘NEA Artist Travel Grant’, and has the distinction of being part of the ‘Art In Embassies Program of the U.S.’ Go to this page to know more about projects, exhibitions, and awards of Grimanesa Amorós.

As of now, the artist lives in New York with her husband, William Grant Fleischer, and their beloved child.