Guillermo MacLean is a Canadian artist who lives and works in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. He was born in Argentina in 1951 and studied architecture at the National University of Córdoba. He arrived to Mexico as a political refugee in 1975 and has worked there as a photo-journalist for many years. In 1978 he moved to Monterrey, Mexico as a Director of “Centro de Arte Vitro”. In 1982 he emigrated to Canada and started to work as a Senior Cultural Officer of Canada External Affairs.
MacLean returned to Mexico in 1990 and began to develop his creativity through is art in steel. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Functional Art in that country.
Grupo Villacero invited him as a Director of Fundación Villacero in 2005, a position that he held until June of 2016.
Mac Lean mainly uses steel as the material for his art, and he does not have any strict rules; there is always room for the power of expression. What is most remarkable about MacLean’s work is that it shows clearly the symbiotic relationship between art work and the artist who created it. A work is created by an artist, and the artist injects constant movements and constant projections; thus complimenting each other to achieve perfection. His works are anything but static. They have filled with movement, life, character, and wonderful collection of assault on senses. His work shouts, laughs, and snorts at the convention and traditions that has governed art. As long as MacLean’s transgression continues, we are guaranteed to have many surprises and delights.
MacLean has published two books of photography and four novels. He has exhibited his works in steel, painting and photography in more than 40 expositions around the world. Today MacLean lives and works in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia as a Canadian citizen.
2016 32 LAKES CAFE Gallery, Powell River, B.C.
2016 ART FAIR SEATTLE, U.S.A.
2016 BACK GALLERY PROJECT, Vancouver, Canada
2015 AFIRME Gallery, Mexico City
2014 SEBASTIAN Foundation, Mexico City
2013 MARCO Museum, “Balones”, Monterrey, Mexico
2011 WOLLONIE Gallery Espace, Bruxelles, Belgium
2011 METROPOLITAN Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 MARCO Museum,”La estrategia de la forma”, Monterrey, Mexico
2008 RAHMI M. KOÇ Museum, Istanbul,Turkey
2008 IREPAS 58h, Istanbul,Turkey
2008 IREPAS 58h, Istanbul,Turkey
2008 SAINT BAPTIST Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany
2007 MOMA Museum, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
2007 ALZATE AVENDAÑO Foundation,Bogota, Colombia
2007 ILAFA 46, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
2006 ILAFA 47, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2006 SIDOR Gallery, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
2005 ILAFA 46, Caracas, Venezuela
2002 NUCLEO Gallery, Ferrara, Italy
2001 DESERT Museum, Saltillo, Mexico
2000 NATIONNALE DE L´ARCHITTETURA Museum, Ferrara, Italy
1997 SOFA Chicago and SOFA Miami, U.S.A.
1996 SOFA Chicago and SOFA Miami, U.S.A.
1995 SOFA Chicago, U.S.A.
1994 ARTE ACERO Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1993 ARTE ACERO Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1992 ARTE ACERO Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1991 MESON DEL GALLO Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1991 BRYCE Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1990 PLACE DES ART´S, Montreal, Canada
1989 CAYC Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1988 BUCKINGHAM Gallery,London, England
1986 NOUVEAU T. D´OUTREMONT, Montreal, Canada
1983 ARTE A.C. Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1981 ITESM (Technological University) Monterrey, Mexico
1981 OLINKA Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1981 SCHOOL FOR VISUAL ARTS Gallery,Monterrey, Mexico
1982 ALFONSINA CHAPEL, Monterrey, Mexico
1982 FRENCH ALLIANCE, Monterrey, Mexico
1982 X BRNO BIENNIAL, Czechoslovakia
1982 FRENCH ALLIANCE, Saltillo, Mexico
1981 IX WARSHAW BIENNIAL, Poland
1981 IV LAHTI BIENNIAL, Finland.
1981 MIRO Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1981 COLLAGE Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1980 REGIOMONTANA UNIVERSITY, Monterrey, Mexico
1980 SILVESTRE REVUELTAS Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1979 ANTIKA Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
2011 SALON MAESTROS CONSAGRADOS, METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, Buenos Aires
2009 XII INTERNATIONAL PRIZE OF LITERATURE, Badajoz, Spain
1986 PRIX DE MERITÈ, Montreal, Canada
1986 CREATIVITY 86, New York, U.S.A.
1985 REUSSITES DES ANNE 80, Montreal, Canada