Héctor Velázquez Gutiérrez was born September 30 of 1965, in Mexico City. He studied in several workshops at the National School of Visual Arts, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Afterwards he studied sculpture in Germany, at Berlin University of the Arts and at The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Through his life he has received scholarships and awards in prize of his work. Amongst these, in Germany from the State of Baden-Wurtemberg; in Mexico from the National Fund for Culture and Arts, from the Culture Secretaty, such as Jóvenes Creadores (Young Creators) and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (National System of Creators). In the year 2001 he won the Omnilife Sculpture Award, Guadalajara, Jalisco. He was selected at the Monterrey Biennal FEMSA 1999 and 2014, the Yucatán Biennal 2004, and he was specially invited to participate at the IV International Biennal of Contemporary Textile Art in 2011, and at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City. In 2004 he was invited to intervene the room of pre-hispanic art at the Ethnological Museum of Berlin (2004).
His work is a part of several public and private collections, amongst them, the Banco de México, the University Musuem of Contemporary Art at UNAM, the Querétaro Art Museum, the Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil Museum of Art and the Fundación José Cuervo.
Héctor Velazquez’s work looks to explore the relations with the human body and its surroundings such as its shapes, conceptions and sensations, as well as its relations with the senses and communication with others. It is a process of introspection, almost ritual. Velázquez weaves his intimate conception of the human body with new and old “skins”, in some cases taking up the pre-hispanic world view, as in the case of Xipe Totec. He is interested, amongst other things, in digging into emotional regenerations, usually related with emotionally linked beings. In his works, he researches the psychic and emotional relations between the geographic representations of physic land or topographic maps, with the body, the dermis and the clothes that cover it. Through the use of different materials, such as fabric, thread, worn clothes and stones, he creates pieces that invite the spectator to get involved corporally and emotionally.
His work was published, together with texts of historians and art critics such as Karen Cordero, in the book entitled Cuerpos desdoblados, published in Mexico by the Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery in 2007.