• Location:
    Monterrey, Mexico
  • Gallery Representation:
    Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles
    circuit gallery, toronto
    Patricia Conde, Mexico City
  • Schools Attended:
    School of visual arts in Monterrey
About Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. He is an artist, teacher and promoter of photography. His projects are primarily documentary based, and employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues in Latin America. His work also engages with a larger history of photography by reinterpreting or rethinking the ways in which poignant issues have been addressed or represented in the past. This has widened his works´ aesthetic and conceptual approach and added layers of meaning to his complex interpretations of our society.

Cartagena's work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is in several public and private collections in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and the United States. He is the recipient of several major national grants, numerous honorable mentions and acquisition prizes in Mexico and abroad.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA
Joaquim Paiva Collection, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Sinafo/ Fototeca Nacional del Inah, Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico
Fototeca del Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico
Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán, Mexico
Fondo de la Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, CONARTE, Monterrey
Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico


Kopeikin Gallery, Car Poolers, Los Angeles?
Breda Photo Festival, Car Poolers, Holland?Festival
GuatePhoto, Car Poolers, Guatemala
Centro de la Imagen, Festival Photoimagen, Car Poolers, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.
London Photography Festival, Car Poolers, London UK
Circuit Gallery, Suburbia Mexicana, Featured Exhibition CONTACT Festival, Toronto, ON
Bluesky Gallery, Suburbia Mexicana, Portland, OR
Circuit Gallery, Lost Rivers, Toronto, Canada
Lishui Foto Festival, Suburbia Mexicana, Lishui, China
Centro Arte Paiz, Foto 30 Photo Festival. Suburbia Mexicana, Guatemala


San Francisco MOMA, Photography in Mexico, San Francisco, CA
UNSEEN Fair, FOAM TALENT, Amsterdam, Holland
Festival FOTOGRAFÍA, Premio IILA, Roma, Italia
Museum Of Contemporary Photography MOCP, Public Works, Chicago, IL
Arizona State University, Beyond the Fence, AZ
Museo de Arte Ciudad Juarez/El Paso Museum of Art, Border Art Biennial, El Paso, TX
Blissland Gallery, See You Soon, Berlin, Germany
Rubin Center for The Visual Arts, University of Texas, Border 2010, El Paso, TX, USA
Centro de la Imagen, XIV Bienal de Fotografia, Mexico City, MX
Savignano Si Festival of Photography, Naturae, Italy
Singapore International Photography Festival, Lost Rivers
Houston FOTOFEST, International Discoveries II, Houston, TX
Robert Koch Gallery, Dystopia, San Francisco, CA
Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain

Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight Community Arts Foundation/ Photolucida, March 2011


FOAM Talent, Amsterdam
POYi Reportage division-feature picture story Award of excellence
Winner of Street Photography Award, London Photography Festival, UK
National Grant in Photography, Fonca-CONACULTA, Mexico
Nominee, Prix Pictet Award, Londres (2011)
Winner Premio Lente Latino, Acquisition Prize, Chile (2011)
Salon de la Fotografia, Acquisition Prize, Fototeca de Nuevo Leon CONARTE, Monterrey MX (2011)
KLM Paul Huf Award nominee, Foam Museum, Amsterdam (2011)
PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers, NY (2010)
PhotoLucida's Critical Mass Photo Book Award, Winner, Portland, OR (2010)
Center Project Competition, Honorable Mention, Santa Fe, NM (2010)
KL Photoawards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010)
KLM Paul Huf Award nominee, Foam Museum, Amsterdam (2010)
Premio Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña Finalist, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010)
Artwork International INC., Art Business Career Development Grant, Santa Fe, NM, USA (2010)
Hey Hot Shot 2009, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC, USA (2009)
Critical Mass Photo Book Award, finalist, Photolucida, Portland, OR, USA (2009)
Aperture Portfolio Prize, finalist (2009)
Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Photolucida, Portland, OR, USA (2009)
International Discoveries II, Fotofest, Houston, TX, USA (2009)
International Artist Book Fair, Fotoseptiembre, honorable mention, Mexico (2009)
International Photography Awards 2nd and 3rd place in Architecture, Cityscapes and Interiors, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2009)
En Foco, People Place Thing Competition, honorable mention, NY, USA (2009)
Luz de Plata Photography Prize, finalist, Mexico (2009)
14th Annual Project Competition finalist, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM (2009)
International Photography Awards, honorable mentions Nature, Landscape and Waterscapes categories, and the Fine Art / Landscape categories (2008)
Photolucida Critical Mass International Participant Award, Portland, OR, USA (2008)
Project Competition, honorable mention, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM, USA. Jurors Charlotte Cotton, Chris Pichler, Susan Scandrett (2008)
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention, France (2008)
Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Photolucida, Portland, OR, USA (2007)
Photographic Center North West 2nd Place Award, Juried competition, Juror: Maria Sanchez, Seattle, WA, USA (2007)
FONCA-CONACULTA 2007-2008 National Grant - "Jóvenes Creadores in Photography"
Acquisition prize Reseña Plástica Nuevoleonesa, Salón Fotografía, Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, Mexico (2007)
Hey Hot Shot's Summer and winter editions, honorable mention, Jen Bekman Gallery, NY, USA (2007)
Premio Descubrimiento Finalist, PHOTOESPAÑA, Madrid, Spain (2007)
VIII Bienal FEMSA, honorable mention, Monterrey, Mexico (2007)
State Grant for the project Identidad: Nuevo León, FONECA 2005 del CONARTE, Mexico
FotoGuanajuato 2004, Best 10 portfolios, Guanajuato, Mexico

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