Marta Palau was born in Albesa in 1934, county of Merida, Spain, moving to Mexico in 1940. She began her studies in 1955 at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas La Esmeralda, in Mexico City. Later on she studied at The San Diego State University and at the workshop of Grau Garrica in Barcelona, Spain.
She hasvhad solo exhibitions in Mexico City and Los Angeles, California along with numerous commissioned works. Palau works in a characteristic style that reveals her fascination with the mythology of primitive and indigenous cultures, notably of Baja California.
Her work has been awarded with the Premio Instalaciùn of the Daienal de la Habana (1986), with the Bergerpreis at the 5th. Fellbach Triennial Germany, 1992), and with the prize Creador Art Estico, that confers the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Mexico City, 1993).
1955-1965 La Esmeralda, INBA Mexico, D.F. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. Workshop Grau Garriga, Barcelona, Spain
Awards and Grants
2008 Order of Cultural Independence Rubén Darío, Nicaragua, Central America.
Art Creator 2003, National Artists, Mexico City
2002 Doctorate Honoris Causa to Catalan exile. Universitat de Lleida Catalonia, Spain
Banners 2001 Biennial 2000, Culture 2000 award, IMAC, Arts section, Tijuana, Baja, California
1999 Honorable Mention, Omnilife, Guadalajara, Mexico
Art Creator 1997, National System of Creators.
Art Creator 1993, National System of Creators.
1992 Burgerpreis-5. Triennale Fellbach, Germany
1986 First Prize-Installation · batons ¨ - 2nd. Bienal de la Habana, Cuba
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 Homenaje a Emilio Carballido, Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Universidad Veracruzana
2006 Double Wall, Installation, Sala Arte Publico Siqueiros, SAPS-El Cubo, Mexico City.
Hunting Season 2005-era Front Canal 12 Televisa Tijuana
2004 Front-era / triangle thing one and the many wars and all Stock MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO MCASD LA JOLLA
2003 The one and the multiple, multi-purpose rooms and Hermenegildo Bustos, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mex.
2003 All Wars, 3 facilities-Fisher Gallery, USC-LA U.S.
2002 Universitat de Lleida, Doctorate Honoris Causa to Catalan exile, Nomad II, Installation, Aula Magna Sala Victor Siurana.
2001 The left-wall-15m passable. x 3 - Museo de las Californias, Tijuana Cultural Center - Tijuana, Mex
1999 Kunsthaus Santa Fé, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1999 Cultural Center MEC, Montevideo Uruguay
1998 Centro Cultural, Tijuana, Nomads II
1993 Galería Arte Mexicano, Mexico, D.F.
1991 Fisher Gallery, Installation, Los Angeles, CA USA
1985 National Hall, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
1978 Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, D.F.
2007 Three facilities, Kunsthaus Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico - Festival Cervantino
2007 Atmosphere Alchemy, The Age of Discrepancy - made in 1970 and rebuilt for the MUCA, University Museum of Arts and Sciences, Campus UNAM, Mexico City.
Fantastic Zoology Quetzalcoatlus-2003-One Hundred Years of Poplar Museum, installation, 11 meters in length between the wings. UNAM, Mexico D.F.
2002 Kunsthaus Santa Fe, War Games, installation, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2002 Palisade of Shamans, installation in situ, Fuerte de Guadalupe, Puebla. Mexico.
1999 The seven Guama, Ritual install sun-CECUT, Tijuana, Mexico
Set 1996-2-2 facilities, Erfurt, Germany
1996 2nd. Bienal Barro de America, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela.
1996 5th. International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador.
1994 Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico, D.F. In CECUT Site 94, Tijuana, B.C.
1993 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Genova 1992 92 - Mexico Pavilion, Palace of Exhibitions Mucssarnok, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary.
1990 Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC. U.S.
1987 19 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Campus Shamans, Brazil
2008 the 5th Biennial International Standards, Standards, CECUT-Tijuana, BC Mexico.
2007 Curator Tenth Anniversary Tuesday, 15 facilities, Cecut, Tijuana, BC Mexico
2006 Draft and Curation, IV International Biennial of Standards, ES2006 Tijuana, Tijuana Cultural Center Tijuana, BC Mexico.
2005 140 years Naualli Mano Poderosa - Art & Idea - Spain Park, La Condesa, Mexico City
2004 Draft and curator-ES2004 TIJUANA / III International Biennial of Standards, CECUT, Tijuana, Mex.
2002 Draft and curator-ES2002 TIJUANA / II International Biennial of Standards, CECUT, Tijuana, Mex.
2000 Draft and Conservatorship ES2000 TIJUANA / I International Biennial of Standards, CECUT, Tijuana, Mex.
1998-2000 Project Management and Five Continents and One City, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico. Three Rooms
1998 Draft and Curation - ES TIJUANA98-III International Exhibition of Standards-CECUT-Tijuana, BC Mexico.
1998 Curator and Founder, International Textile Miniature Michoacan. Casa de la Cultura, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.
1997 Draft and Curation - ESTIJUANA97-II International Exhibition of Standards-CECUT-Tijuana, BC Mexico
1996 Founder, Project and Curaduria ES96TIJUANA - I International Exhibition Banners - Cecut-Tijuana, BC Mexico.
1975 Collaborator of Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Mexico DF
1971-74 Coordinator of the Centro de Arte Moderno, Guadalajara, Jalisco.