Donna Huanca


Born in USA, in 1980

Lives and works in Berlin, DE


In recent years, Donna Huanca’s work has stood out for its understanding of the body, and of the skin in particular, as a territory where surface and matter converse with architecture, space, and the world. Through paintings, sculptures, and performances, the artist creates disturbing futuristic-prehistoric scenarios where identity shatters into a sort of schizodynamic production of knowledge.







Städelschule, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt, DE



Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, US



Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting, University of Houston, Texas, US




Selected Collections


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection


Upcoming Solo Exhibitions


PIEDRA PACHA, curated by Dr. Stella Rollig, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, AT

Donna Huanca, curated by Aukje Lepoutre Ravn, Copenhagen Contemporary, DK




Upcoming Group Exhibitions


Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Wädenswil, CH



  • Selected Solo Exhibitions


Cell Echo, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN

Amyruca Entheogen, Arsenic – Contemporary Arts Center, Lausanne, CH



Lengua de Bartolina Sisa, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, ES


Surrogate Painteen, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
Scar Cymbals, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


Poly Styrene’s Braces, curated by Anne Barlow, Art in General, New York in collaboration
with kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV
Muscle Memory, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE (with Przemek Pyszczek)
Water Scars, Chez Valentin, Paris, FR
Echo Implant, Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York City, US


Psychotria Elata, ABC Berlin, DE
Sade Room (formerly reclusive), MoMA PS1, New York, NY
Seeing Auras, ltd, Los Angeles, US


Maenad Cymbals, Open Forum, Berlin, DE
Scrying Threats, Queer Thoughts, New York, NY
CRUSHING (hard), Access Gallery, Vancouver, CA


Panic Fear Crying Fits, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, MX
The Myth… CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, US


Unearthing, Various Locations, Peru




Selected Group Exhibitions



I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes, curated by Nadia Pilchowski, Galerie Wedding, Berlin, DE

Monarchs: Inheritance, Migrations and Sovereignty in Native and Brown Contemporary Art, curated by Risa Puleo, Blue Star Art Space, Texas, US; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, US; The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, US

What’s Up: Forms of Abstraction, curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, Pedder Building, Hong Kong, CN

Amyruca Entheogen, Arsenic – Contemporary Arts Center, Lausanne, CH


The Second Self, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
Jaguars and Electric Eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, DE
Brief Encounters ’17, curated by Chris Driessen, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, NL
Dialogues, curated by Dr. Barbara Jenner and Dr. Jenni Fulton, Verband der Automobilindustrie, Berlin, DE
Io sono qui, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Rome, IT
Monarchs: Inheritance, Migrations and Sovereignty in Native and Brown Contemporary
Art, curated by Risa Puleo, Bermis Center for Contemporary Art, Nebraska, US


Streams of Warm Impermanence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller, The Gamble House, Pasadena, US
Ice Chrysocolla, Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire, Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH
Wild Style: Exhibition of Figurative Art, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
FACE TO FACE: Works from Ernesto Esposito Collection, curated by Eugenio Viola,
Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, IT


Performative Practice, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, New York, US
Volumes, Berthold Pott, Colonge, DE
Rainbow, Queer Thoughts, Various Outdoor Spaces, NI


To The Happy Few, JeanRoch Dard, Paris, FR


Elevation, Arnhem Fashion Biennale, Arnhem, NL
D, ZweiDrei, Berlin, DE
Pioneer Voices, Gallery of Northern Norway, Harstad, NO
Raw Material, Malmö Konsthalle, SE
Braids, Access Gallery, Vancouver, CA
Social Fabric, CAFAM, Los Angeles, CA


Reduction of Form, EXILE, Berlin, DE
Baby I Lost my Handshoes, Fórum da Maia, Maia, PT
SADE on DMT, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, AU
Stoned Apes, Fórum da Maia, Maia, Portugal


Baby I Lost my Handshoes, KURANT, Tromsø, NO


Conjunction, HBC, Berlin, DE


Incehon Biennale, Incehon Art Platform Incehon, KOR A-Z
Smockshop London, Sprüth Magers, London, UK
A-Z Smockshop: Berlin, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, DE


Etapa #2, Network of Love (with AIDS-3D), Exit Art, New York, NY, US




Awards & Grants



Hirshhorn Artist Honoree, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US



Fulbright Scholarship for research in Mexico City, Washington DC, US



Art Matters Grant, New York, NY, US



DAAD Artist Grant, DAAD, Bonn, DE



Francis Greenberg Award, Art OMI, Omi, New York, US



Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, US



DeGolyer Grant Recipient, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, US





SmackMellon, Brooklyn, New York, US



Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC, CA



LMCC SwingSpace, 77 Water, New York, New York, US



Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, US

Art Omi International Artist Residency, Ghent, New York, US



Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, New York, US



Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas, US



Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, US




Selected Bibliography


Nordstrom, Leigh. “Play With Me: Dolls and Female Objectification in The Age of Terry Richardson”, WWD, November 2, 2017.
Moore, Susan. “A place on the map”, Financial Times, September 08, 2017.
Banks, Grace. “Play With Me: Dolls, Women, Art”, pp. 157-162, Laurence King Publishing Ltd, 2017.
Steer, Emily. “Eight Galleries to See at Art Basel”, Elephant, June 14, 2017.
Elbaor, Caroline. “Why Performance Has Become the Essential Art Medium of the 21st Century”, Artnet news, June 5, 2017.
Gu, Ling. “Donna Huanca”, Modern Weekly, April 2017.
Gottschalk, Molly. “The 9 Best Booths at Independent Brussels” Artsy.net, April 2017.
Muñoz-Alonso, Lorena. “Two Fairs Battle for Primacy in Brussels, Europe’s Rising Art Capital”, Artnet News, April 2017.
Canela, Juan. “Donna Huanca’s LENGUA DE BARTOLINA SISA”, Art Agenda, April 2017.
Forbes, Alexander. Arnold, Frances. “The 15 Best Booths at Art Basel in Hong Kong” Artsy.net, March 2017.
Kanai, Miki. “Painting as a point of departure: an Interview with Donna Huanca”, Bijutsu Techo, March, 2017.
Arrizabalaga, Julia Morandeira. “Critic’s Guide: Madrid”, Frieze.com, February 2017.
Pfau, Anna-Alexandra. “Jaguars and Electric Eels”, Julia Stoscheck Collection Catalogue, February 2017.
Editor. “Donna Hunaca: Lengua De Bartolina Sisa”. My Art Guide, February 2017.
Editor. “Donna Huanca’s first exhibition in Spain”, Metalocus, February 2017.
Casey, Liam. “Art Los Angeles Contemporary”, Berlin Art Link, February 2017.
Swenson, Eric. “Art LA Contempory is the West Coast Art Basel”, The Huffington Post, February 2017.


de Benito Fernández, Álvaro. “Donna Huanca: Scar Cymbals. Zabludowicz Collection London”, Arte al Día, December 16, 2016.
Arsty Editorial. “The Top Emerging Artists of 2016”, Artsy, December 14, 2016.
Judah, Hettie. “50 Most Exciting Artist in Europe Right Now”, Artnet News, November 23, 2016.
Pangburn, Dj. “Body Painting and Performance Art Collide in ‘SCAR CYMBALS’”, The Creators Project, November 20, 2016.
Phillips, Sam. “Six degrees of separation: From Victor Pasmore to Donna Huanca”, Royal Academy of Arts, November 15, 2016.
Glover, Alexander. “Donna Huanca: ‘Memory is perhaps the most permanent architecture’”, Studio International, November 13, 2016.
Sherwin, Skye. “Donna Huanca’s Nude, Statuesque Models Make A Colorful Splash At Frieze Week In London”, W Magazine, October 10, 2016.
Bodin, Claudia. “Frauenakt aus Frauenhand”, Art Kunstmagazin, October 10, 2016.
Olbrich, Suze. “How Artist Donna Huanca Uses the Naked Body As a Canvas”, Another Magazine, October 7, 2016.
Dafoe, Taylor. “Restless Bodies: Donna Huanca’s Ephemeral Installations”, Blouin Modern Painters, October/November 2016.
Munoz-Alonso, Lorena. “See The Top Ten Booth at Frieze London”, Artnet, October 5, 2016.
Boutboul, Charlotte. “Chiltern Firehouse, Donna Huanca, And The Globe: Lawrence Van Hagen’s London”, Whitewall, October 5, 2016.
Editors. “Donna Huanca, Scar Cymbals at the Zabludowicz Collection, London”, Aesthetica, October 5, 2016.
Gavin, Francesca. “Donna Huanca brings art to life through body paint”, Dazed, October 4, 2016.
Carey Kent, Paul. “What Else Is On In London During Frieze Week 2016”, Artlyst, October 3, 2016.
Editors. “Ten things you shouldn’t miss during Frieze Week in London”, Artlead, October 3, 2016.
Gu, Ling. “Review of Group Show”, Artforum China, October 2016.
Editors. “Donna Huanca at Frieze Reading Room”, Kaleidoscope, October 2, 2016.
Contreras, Gerardo. “Aesthetic And Philosphical Investigations Around The Sentient Body And Its Biochemical Wreckages”, Kaleidoscope, October, 2016.
Emms, Stephen. “Painted models are roaming this Kentish Town gallery for three months”, Kentish Towner, September 30, 2016.
Editors. “Body Paint, Anal Beads and Ayahuasca Art”, Artnews, September 29, 2016.
Judah, Hettie. “Ayahuasca and anal beads: the hallucinogetic art of Donna Huanca”, The Guardian, September 28, 2016.
Jansen, Charlotte. “The Beauty of Donna Huanca’s Body Art is More Than Skin Deep”, Artsy, September 16, 2016
Steer, Emily. “New Establishment: Donna Huanca”, Elephant, September, 2016.
Bier, Arielle and Mason, Kevin. “Ritual Resurrection”, Sleek Magazine, September, 2016.
Harrelson, Quinn. “Spotlight on: Donna Huanca”, Cultured Magazine, September, 2016.
Etlderton, Louisa. “Wild Style” Review, Flash Art International, September/October 2016.
Engel, Xynna. “Künstler, die uns aufgefallen sind”, Monopol, September 2016.
Scherz, Laurence. “A selfless collection?”, Metropolis M, August/September 2016.
Editors. “Fall Art Preview: 20 Museum Shows in Europe Everyone Should See”, Artnet, August 30, 2016.
Greenberger, Alex. “Donna Huanca at the Zabludowicz Collection, London”, Art News, August 23, 2016
Schwendener, Martha. “Review: Independent Fair Is More Conventional But Still Eye Catching ”, The New York Times, March 4, 2016.


Indresick, Scott. “5 Must-See Gallery Shows”, Blouin ARTINFO, February 19, 2015.


Forbes, Alexander. “The 20 Best Booths at Art Berlin Contemporary.” artnet.com, September 2014.
de Chirico, Domenico. “Donna Huanca.” DUST Magazine Blog, February 2014.


Eler, Alicia. “Divining the Future of the Past.” Hyperallergic, October 14, 2013
“Donna Huanca at Queer Thoughts.” Joshua Abelow ART BLOG, October 6, 2013.
Sargsyan, Tatevik. “D at ZWEI DREI.” Kaleidoscope “24 Spaces, Malmo Konsthalle.” Contemporary Art Daily, September 24, 2013
Lie, Helena. “DONNA HUANCA RAW MATERIAL at Malmo Konsthalle Review.” Tidningen Kulturen.


“In Conversation with Donna Huanca.” DOSSIER Journal, July 2012.
Cross, Leah. “Donna Huanca: PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS.” Dazed Digital, June 2012.


Nam, Daisy. “In search of Unknown Memories: Donna Huanca”

Interventions Journal, Columbia University Blog, September 7, 2011.

“Berlin Art Link Studio Visit: Donna Huanca.” Berlin Art Link.


Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman. “Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory.” New Museum & Phaidon Press, 2009.


Halter, Ed. “IN THE MIX.” Rhizome.com


Mitchell, Charles D. “Report from Austin.”Art in America, December 2007.






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