1975, Buenos Aires
Mónica Heller is a cartoonist, painter and video artist. Throughout her twenty-year career she has created 2D and 3D animations, using both amateur production strategies and CGI models taken from open-source and free libraries. The self-taught nature of her approach to digital technology and the artisanal dedication she puts into each of her pieces laid the foundations for a DIY work ethic that characterizes and singles out both her varied production and the place she occupies within the Argentine art scene.
BIO / CV ↯
Mónica Heller (b. 1975, Buenos Aires) participated in the first edition of the Artists Programme of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (2009), created by Inés Katzenstein. She received a grant from the MMSN Foundation for a residency at Hangar Contemporary Promotion Center, in Barcelona (2010). Among the several awards she received in recent years, the following stand out: the First Prize of the Fundación Andreani Award (2017), the Stimulus Award of the 72nd Salón Nacional de Rosario Castagnino + Macro (2017) and the Third Prize of the Fundación Fortabat Award (2021).
In 2019 she presented De la conciencia satélite al saber satelital [From
Satellite Consciousness to Satellite Knowledge], a work commissioned by the Braque Prize, and El Gato Sangrante y el Corazón Barbudo [The Bleeding Cat and the Bearded Heart] which she exhibited at PIEDRAS gallery, Fundación Proa (Buenos Aires, Argentina), “OK.012/019” at LISTE – Art Fair Basel (Switzerland) and Art Berlin (Germany). Her works have been exhibited individually and collectively in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Salta, San Martín de los Andes, Tucumán, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile, London, Lyon, Budapest, San Pablo and Berlin, among other cities.
Since 2012 she has developed, together with Marcelo Galindo, the animated series “Ciudad Elemental”, which was presented at the Malba auditorium (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 2018 and at Mundo Dios (Mar del Plata, Argentina). She is a member of the experimental drawing collective “Geometría Pueblo Nuevo”, together with other Argentine artists.
In 2022 she represents her country in the Argentine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.