Othiana Roffiel (1990) is a Mexican artist whose practice focuses on painting. Her studio work, which explores diverse visual languages and generates tensions that play with representational logics, has garnered numerous awards, including the 2020 Jóvenes Creadores del FONCA scholarship: a production fellowship granted by the Mexican Government. In addition, in 2020 she was selected to partake in the XIX Bienal de Pintura Rufino Tamayo, which was exhibited at several institutions across the country, including Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, and will soon travel to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where she was given the recognition of summa cum laude as well as the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Painting.
Her work has been part of diverse exhibitions. In the summer of 2021 Roffiel presented It Takes Lot of Stuff for a Flower to Grow, a solo show at Galería Karen Huber in Mexico City, curated by Laura Orozco. Past one-person exhibitions include The Persistent Insistence of Play at Casa Equis, curated by Leslie Moody Castro (Mexico City, 2019). In 2021, she participated in Galería Karen Huber’s booth at Estación Material Vol. 1 (Guadalajara); Un fenómeno imposible de prever, a five-women show curated by Virginie Kastel, at Centro Cultural Plaza Fátima (San Pedro Garza García); Epílogo, a project by ARTERIAM (Mexico City), and in Creación en Movimiento at Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City). Roffiel’s work has also been shown in 50 mujeres, 50 obras, 50 años at Museo de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City, 2020); Nueva piel para una vieja ceremonia at Galería Karen Huber, curated by Luis Hampshire (Mexico City, 2019-2021); Feria de Arte Independiente, FAIN (Mexico City, 2020 and 2019); Untitled (Open Space) at ICOSA Collective (Austin, 2019); Feria de Arte Mexicano Accesible, FAMA (Monterrey, 2019); El castillo de los ladrillos rotos, a Guadalajara 90210 exhibition (Mexico City, 2019), among others.
Roffiel has always felt a strong affinity with the written word, since it is through writing that her critical nature has allowed her to question not only the condition of painting, but of art in itself, which has materialized in the authorship of art criticism texts published in specialized contemporary art magazines such as ARTPULSE (USA) and Artishock (Chile). She has commented on the the work of numerous artists including Daniela Libertad, Fabiola Menchelli, Allan Villavicencio, Gwladys Alonzo, Yolanda Ceballos, Jerónimo Rüedi, Ana Segovia, Máximo González, Jill Magid, Fritzia Irízar, Alfredo Jaar, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Mario García Torres, Allora & Calzadilla and Abraham Cruzvillegas. She has also reviewed programs and exhibitions such as Art Basel 2016, Proyecto Changarrito and Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In October of 2021, one of her essays was published in the book ABCDESPAC, a project by Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, ESPAC (a Mexico City based non-profit).