MariaJoseDeLaMacorraShe was born in Mexico, in 1964, and studied at the Escuela de Cerámica y Porcelana de Toluca, Mokichi Okada Association, MOA (1987­–89) and at UNAM’s Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (1993–96). She has been accorded several awards and grants, including the Premio de Adquisición en Escultura; the Tercera Bienal de Monterrey (1997); the Beca de Jóvenes Creadores del Fonca (1997–98); the Programa de Residencias Artísticas México-Canadá, Banff Centre for the Arts-Fonca (2000 and 2007); and the Artistic Residence at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri, USA (2002). She also received a grant from the Fundación BBVA-Bancomer for Cambio de estado, a project for public parks (2003) and for De nubes y lluvia/torres de agua (2008), as well as the grant of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2006–07). Her solo exhibits have been shown in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Australia. She is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (2008–11). She has explored a vast variety of media, concepts, and materials, guided by a profound interest in nature, in processes and forms, as well as in special configurations and the materials that such configurations take and leave in their constant ephemeral state. De la Macorra participated as a guest commentator in the presentation of Rafiki’s project.