Luis Rios-Zertuche (Mexico City, 1985) works at the intersection of audiovisual art and the performing arts. He has both worked autonomously and as a commissioned artist in the fields of fine arts, film, theater and dance.
After graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2009), his independent work was shown at the Dutch pavilion of the Biennale in Venice, as well the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and art and theater festivals in the Netherlands.
He began his development as a painter and eventually also turned his interest towards photography. Many of the codes he uses in his aesthetics follow those of painting. In his career he has developed a strong bond with the theater world and he regularly works together with theater directors and choreographers.
A major theme in the work of Rios-Zertuche is frozen movement, reflecting a search for comfort in the recognition of the imperfect. He always looks for the point where he can catch his subjects hushed, yet present.
The relationship between his images lies in the fact that even though the narrative of every image is complete, the seemingly dissociated situations he captures function as a whole. He sees these images as independent works that don't function within a chronological narrative, but rather pile up, looking for meaning in the sum of all the layers.
Combining situations like this is a way for him to create nuance, and to reveal the creative decisions taken for each one of the individual works - the focus falling heavily on what he decides to omit.