Clara de Tezanos

Guatemalan artist Clara de Tezanos’ practice crosses the frontiers of photography, installation, and sculpture. De Tezanos’ works are also tied to her native Guatemala, starting with her experimentation from an early age with photography – light and colour were the primary drivers of her work. Challenging classical compositions, her multi-disciplinary practice hints at the theme of infinite time and the divinity one can find in this concept. Using objects such as wood, leather, glass, and semi-precious stones, the Guatemalan artist intricately gestures towards a fullness of each objects’ spiritual power. 

The astronomical-esque layout of her art presents a unique power of filtering natural light – alluding to the sun as a sacred healer. Featuring gemstones that radiate rainbow light infractions, De Tezanos’ work speaks on the boundless nature of the cosmos and how our ancestry relates to that. Her work is a pilgrimage to her, a necessary investigation into what she refers to as the ‘divine light’ – a quest for the truth about time and ancestry. De Tezanos studied photography in Paris, she is also the co-founder of the Center for Contemporary Photography, Fototeca in Guatemala. 

She has her BA in Fine Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado as well as her MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Arts. She has exhibited work at The British Museum, Pippy Houldsworth gallery, PEER gallery, Grove London and others. She is the recipient of the Provost Purchase Prize for UCL East, 2020, and the Adrien Carruther’s ACME Award 2020/2021.