contact: celso@elcelso.com

I am an artist based in Los Angeles, California and my favorite early curitorial projects have included “Art Burn,” an art immolation, in Miami, timed to the city’s art fairs (2009); “Art Shred” a companion piece held in NYC, in which works by over two-dozen artists were destroyed (2010); and “Post No Bills,” a pop-up gallery at a Queens, N.Y. construction site, a piece that was covered in the New York Times (2008).

My intervention, “La Luz” (“The Light”), from 2012, consisted of a series of architectural installations inside the Qorikancha and the Museum of Santo Domingo, the former Inca temple in Cusco, Peru. In pre-Columbian times, the temple was sheathed in gold plates and its chambers filled with masterpieces of Inca metal work, pieces that were destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors.

My installation paid tribute to the past glories of this important site via the installation of hundreds of bottles of Peruvian soda (more than 600kg worth). The most popular local soft drinks in Peru are a brilliant yellow color and I used these, in combination with ambient light, to recreate the golden light that shone inside the temple. On the last day of the exhibition, the public was invited to take sections of the work home with them so that no traces of it would remain.

My work has been shown in galleries in the U.S. and some of my pieces have received coverage in outlets such as Time.com, ArtNewsThe New York Times, the Miami Herald and the Art Newspaper.


Time describes the artist as “creative,” “realistic,” and “underestimated.” The Art Newspaper described his 2009 show, “Art Burn,” an International contemporary art expo & immolation, as a “bonfire of the art vanities” and the Miami Herald declared it “a funky Basel sideshow.” The New York Times described his previous exhibition, “Post No Bills,” a street art gallery installation in Long Island City as “audacious.”

The Brooklyn Rail describes El Celso as “a street artist with a taste for experimentation, a knack for making things happen and a predilection for drawing colorful naked women.” His figurative drawings, paintings and original works on Plexiglas were also the subject of a documentary series, “The Streets of New York,” which was broadcast on NHK in Japan in 2008. His work is also featured in numerous publications, street art books and media web sites.


Woodward Gallery, New York – April 2020

Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, California – January 2019

Woodward Gallery, New York – October 2016

Moca, Los Angeles – September 2013

MoMA, New York – April 2013

Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru – August 2012

Museum of Sex, New York – February 2012

Pandemic Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (solo) – March 2011

Art of the Basketball, Miami, Florida – December 2010

Woodward Gallery, New York – May 2010

Winkleman Gallery, New York – March 2010

Follin Gallery, New York (solo) – January 2010

Art Burn, Miami, Florida (artist/curator) – December 2009

Artbreak Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – May 2009

Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles – January 2009

Factory Fresh, Brooklyn, New York (artist/curator) – November 2008

Gallerie Pulaski, Queens, New York (artist/curator) – July 2008

Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, New York – June 2008

Woodward Gallery, New York – May 2008

chashama ABC Gallery, New York (artist/curator) – April 2008

ABC No Rio, New York – March 2008

SCOPE, New York – February 2007

Kingsborough Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (artist/curator) – June 2007

11 Spring Street, New York – December 2006

Flux Factory, Queens, New York – October 2006

Galerie Spruth Magers, Munich, Germany – November 2004

80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York – February 2004

MoMA, New York – April 2002


Disclosure: Art Redemption through Confession, Art and Cake (LA: 1/31/19)

How to Crowdfund Your Creative Project, Time.com (NY: 10/22/12)

Las Calles Como Tela Para Pintar, CNN (NY: 07/27/12)

Kola Stands in for Gold at Peruvian Temple, The Art Newspaper (LONDON: July/August 2012)

Hoop Scoop, ARTnews (NY: February 2011)

The Art of Destruction, ARTnews (NY: May 2010)

Bonfire of the Art VanitiesThe Art Newspaper (LONDON: 12/04/09)

Precious Works Go Up in Flames for Art’s Sake, Miami Herald (FL: 12/03/09)

Construction Zone: Beware of Audacious ArtThe New York Times (NY: 07/02/08)

 The Very Public Life of Street ArtThe Brooklyn Rail (NY: May 2008)

Street Art in Alphabet City, Village Voice (NY: April 2008)

A Maze Slideshow, Village Voice (NY: November 2008)

The Vandalism Vandal, New York Magazine (NY: 06/04/07)

Don’t Hate, Collaborate!, Peel Magazine (NY: 06/1/07)

Last Hurrah for Street Art, as Canvas Goes Condo, The New York Times (NY: 12/14/06)

Mano a Mano, Hoy (NY: 4/2/04)


Outside the Lines, Souris Hong-Porretta (2013); Graffiti 365, Jay Edlin (2011); Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, DB Burkeman/Monica LoCascio (2010); Untitled. I &II. Street Art New York, Jaime Rojo/Steven P. Harrington (2010); Street Art Counter Culture, Gary Shove (2009); Going Postal, Martha Cooper (2009); Street Art Cookbook, Benke Carlsson/Hop Louie (2009); This Means Nothing, Le Bijoutier (2008); Brooklyn Street Art, Jaime Rojo/Steven P. Harrington (2007); NYC BCN Street Art Revolution, Louis Bou (2006)

FABRICATIONS: September 2010, Aurora Robson, Brooklyn, New York.

October 2004, Jenny Holzer & Lady Pink, Munich, Germany.

August 2004, Jenny Holzer & Lancome, Paris, France; May 2004 El Museo del Barrio, New York.


Artist-in-residence, chashama 57th St. Studios2009; chashama 40 Worth St. Studios2005; Art Students League of New York, Anatomy/Drawing, 2001.

contact: celso@elcelso.com