Gonzalo Borondo, born in Valladolid, Spain, in 1989, is a multimedia artist who lives and works between Spain and Italy. His artistic exploration centers around the value of memory, tradition, and the essence of places, encompassing both artistic and intangible heritage. Borondo looks to traditional iconographies and the visual culture of the past as symbols to be reinterpreted, conceptualizing history as a continuum through which to develop alternative visions of contemporaneity.
Acting within a site-specific perspective, the artist engages with the roots of the context in which he operates, making common imagery, the “sacred,” and the “popular” elements of recognition to establish direct contact with the audience. Borondo’s large-scale installations create physical and experiential environments for a new perception of collective heritage.
Since 2010, the artist has been involved in public space painting interventions, working on international commissions and participating in urban art festivals across England, Italy, Spain, Australia, India, Ukraine, and the USA. Notable among his extensive body of work is the series of 32 billboards titled “Insurrecta” in Segovia, Spain, in 2019.
In recent years, Borondo’s production has expanded to include various types of locations, blending ancient techniques (such as engraving, screen printing, photographic emulsion) with new media and materials. Memorable installations include “Cenere” in the cemetery chapel in Selci, Italy (2017, winner of the Arte Laguna Prize 2018), as well as “Hierarchie” at the Urban Nation Museum in Berlin (2017), and “N̶o̶n Plus Ultra” at MACRO in Rome (2018), developed within museum contexts. In relation to places of worship, noteworthy environmental works include “Merci” at Temple de Chartrons in Bordeaux, France (2019, now in the collection of CAPC – Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux), and “Settimo giorno” in the former church of San Mattia in Bologna, Italy (2023).
Borondo collaborates with institutions, festivals, museums, galleries, and non-profit spaces on a global level, participating in numerous collective projects and exhibitions. Among his solo exhibitions, “Hereditas,” curated by Jose Maria Parreño at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain (2021), stands out. Since 2023, he has been an official member of the Academy of History and Art of San Quirce.