Horacio Quiroz


Fine art print
60 x 40 cm; 23.6 x 15.7 in, sheet
63 x 43 cm; 24.8 x 16.9 in, frame
24-Hour Edition Drop

Estimated delivery time: 4 - 6 weeks
Pickup: 4 weeks
250,00 €excl. VAT & shipping
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19 - 20 JANUARY

Horacio Quiroz is a self-taught painter who lives and works in Mexico City. His practice focuses on oil painting and drawing. His work focuses on the exploration of polarity, inspired by the hermetic philosophy texts of The Kybalion and Carl Jung. “Everything in our universe has a dual manifestation. This is so obvious that we take it for granted. The truth is that absolutely everything that exists consists of the duality of opposing forces. As part of the cosmos, human beings are no exception since they are made of spirit and matter. My work is a dialogue between these apparently conflicting forces. It explores the human condition, gender, identity, and the relationship between bodies and their environment through colors, textures, and matter that give shape to corporeal volumes, revealing a fantasy world closely tied to my daily psychological processes.” – Horacio Quiroz


The representation of an everyday moment and the sacredness of its unrepeatability, in a life that navigates between the absurd and the essential, between transcendence and impermanence. When beauty originates from fractures and how we rebuild ourselves from it to generate new strategies.


The artist individualizes each edition by adding on elements to the figure’s face using a marker – making each edition unique.


The frame is white spruce wood with acrylic glass that has 84% UV protection. Framed dimensions are 63 x 43 cm; 24.8 x 16.9 in.


The 24-HOUR EDITION DROP is a concept which allows artists to sell an unlimited amount of physical editions within the limited time frame of 24 hours on EXPANDED.ART. Each 24-HOUR EDITION DROP edition will be available for 24 hours only, then never again.


The editions are numbered randomly, i.e. the edition number is not chronologically assigned to the time of order receipt. All 24-HOUR EDITION DROP prints are made to order. Each artwork will be produced and personalized specifically for each client, the artwork therefore is not eligible for return.



Horacio Quiroz, you worked as a graphic designer and creative thinker for numerous advertising businesses before dedicating yourself entirely to art. Why did you decide to take this route instead?

Horacio Quiroz: It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but it was totally worth it. I decided to change paths because something told me I wasn't on the right one. I worked in advertising because life took me there, but it was never a conscious choice like it is for painters. I changed because of the curiosity and passion that art lights up in me and the fear of remaining creatively unsatisfied working in design agencies.

EXPANDED.ART: How does your background in design impact your artistic practice?

HQ: Working in the corporate world as a creative gave me marketing tools, multitasking skills, discipline, consistency, and structure in the development of projects, which I can apply in my artistic practice.

For me, design and art come from different places: the times, processes, and working tools are different in each. In design, you work on a brief to meet the needs of a client, while in art, you attend to your own needs, which I have had to learn over time to have the necessary awareness to do genuine work in congruence with you.

EXPANDED.ART: You have been producing and displaying art for many years. How have you changed throughout the years as an artist?

HQ: My mental processes and my work are tightly related. One appears to remain the same throughout life, yet in reality, human beings go through perpetual change. My approach has altered as a reflection of who I am since I am not the same person I was nine years ago when I first started making art.

My work was first and foremost a complete catharsis; it was also darker and more realistic. I painted in a rigorous, consistent, and thorough manner.

In my most recent body of work, I made the decision to allow myself the freedom to experiment with painting, utilizing various brushes, spatulas, and methods of material application in order to create a more sincere dialogue with the canvas.

By incorporating lessons learned from mistakes and adding numerous oil layers, I constructed the painting. I utilize my pencil sketches to direct me as I work on numerous paintings at once, choosing the color scheme as I go. These days, textures and volumes are my obsession.

EXPANDED.ART: Your work tells tales of conflicting forces and the dialogue between these opposites. What fascinates you about this idea?

HQ: I love it because that's how I see life. Without conflict, there is no evolution. Our lives navigate between the sublime and the ridiculous, between the absurd and the essential. Beauty has its origin in wounds.

EXPANDED.ART: Mystifying figures, fascinating as well as frightening, are ever-present in your work. What stands behind these figures? What stories do they tell?

HQ: They are representations of the ephemeral and the passage of time, a mixture of textures and layers of paint that form volumes of beings reconstructed from the rubble, sometimes of "rock" and sometimes of "flesh."

They are made-up portraits that serve as a reminder that we were shaped by a sophisticated pluricultural massage. They are both present-day and ancestor-based entities, men and women, evil and benevolent.

EXPANDED.ART: You are from Mexico City and are still based there. Does your style reflect the lively Mexican culture?

HQ: I suppose so; however, I'm not really aware of it since I've lived in Mexico my entire life. I have never spent enough time away from Mexico to be able to differentiate how my home country has influenced my writing.

What I can say is that Mexico City is a city full of contrasts and surrealism; it is a place that brings together many different regions, thoughts, and traditions; it is an agglomerate of a complex historical process full of beauty and ugliness.

I like to think that my painting resembles the sidewalks of Mexico City; they are all crooked and broken, and they are of different periods, textures, colors, shapes, and materials. They are patched, scratched, and broken by earthquakes and wounded by tree roots. They are made of cement, marble, cobblestone, granite, decorated, simple, etc.; in other words, there is an infinite variety of types of sidewalks that contrast and tell the history of a city in a few meters.

EXPANDED.ART: Paintings and drawings are the chosen mediums to express your work. Would you like to see your work in the digital world as an NFT as well?

HQ: Yes, I am working on it. You will see it soon!