Ilán Rabchinskey was born in 1980 in Mexico City.

He has a BA in Media Studies by the Universidad Iberoamericana and has lived in Mexico, Spain and Israel.

Among other themes, his photographic work explores the tension between the forces of nature and the human species, the physical constitution of matter,and the sculptural qualities of objects.

He has exhibited in Mexico, France, England, United States, Spain and Chile. His latest solo exhibitions were: Firmamentoat the 1 Mes 1 Artista project space (2017), Foundation Stone at Patricia Conde Galería (2016), Remolino de Tierra at Ediciones Acapulco (2014) and El Medio Terrestre at Museo Archivo de la Fotografía CDMX (2012).

In 2015 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Young Creators Grant and in 2006 he was recipient of the Cultural Projects and Co-investments Development Program, awarded by the same institution.

He is the author of Yo’tan K’op Corazón de la Palabra, Remolino deTierra and El Medio Terrestre (with a text by Mario Bellatin) published respectively by Trilce, Ediciones Acapulco and Artes de Mexico.

He was selected for the ONOMA Fiskars Artist in Residence program, in Finland (2018), as well as Casa Wabi, in Oaxaca (2016), and will participate at the Dedazo Artist Residency, in Chiapas, later this year.

He has received several awards, such as honorable mentions at the Nexophoto (Spain 2016) and Portfolio Festivals (Mexico 2014) and has published his work in numerous books and magazines.

He currently lives and works in Mexico City where he teaches a Project Development class as adjunct professor at Centro ADM.

His work is represented by Patricia Conde Galería (


  • 2018 Foundation Stone, Centro de Artes Vivas, Mexico City.
  • 2017 Firmament, 1 Mes 1 Artista, Mexico City.
  • 2016 Foundation Stone, Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City.
  • 2015 Residents / Terrestrial Environent, El Estudio Galería, Morelia, Michoacan.
  • 2014 Whirlwind of Earth, Ediciones Acapulco, Mexico City.
  • 2012 Terrestrial Environment, Museo Archivo de la Fotografía. Mexico City.
  • 2003 Greatest Hits!, Galería Reverso, Mexico City.


  • 2019 Artist in Residence, Casa Nano, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Artist in Residence, Dedazo Artist Residency, Chiapas, Mexico.
  • 2018 Artist in Residence, ONOMA Fiskars AiR, Fiskars, Finland.
  • 2017 The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) Merit Award, United States.
  • 2016 Artist in Residence, Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Honorable Mention, Festival Portfolio, Mexico.
  • Honorable Mention, NexoFoto prize, Spain.
  • 2015 Recipient, Young Creators Grant, FONCA National Endowment for the Arts, Mexico.
  • Finalist, 1st National Nature Photography Award, Mexico.
  • 2014 Shortlisted, XVI Biennial of the Centro de la Imagen, Mexico.
  • Honorable Mention, Festival Portfolio, Mexico City.
  • 2010 Selected for the National Book Program, Department of Public Education, Mexico.
  • 2006 Recipient, Art Projects and Cultural Co-investment Fund, FONCA National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 2004 1st prize winner, International Photography Prize, University of Salamanca, Spain.


  • 2019 Confluencias, Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City.
  • Salon ACME, Main section, Mexico City.
  • 2018 National Endowment for the Arts FONCA, Young Creators Grant, Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos, Mexico
  • 2017 Conceptual Optics, Leon International Photography festival FFIEL, Leon.
  • Luz Portátil, Centro Cultural Olimpo, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
  • 2016 National Endowment for the Arts FONCA, Young Creators Grant, Capilla del Arte, Puebla, Mexico
  • Ekho Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
  • 10 years of the Portable Light Photobook Collection, Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City.
  • 3W Gallery, Reims, France.
  • ArtCube Gallerie, Paris, France.
  • 2015 Remolino de Tierra, Nave Dos Quince, Mexico City.
  • Casa Nomada, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Gallery Weekend Mexico, Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City.
  • Visiones de Nuestra Naturaleza, Rejas deChapultepec Open Gallery, Mexico City.
  • 2014 Gallery Weekend Mexico, Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico City.
  • 52, Rejas de Chapultepec Open Gallery, Mexico City.
  • Paris Photo, Patricia Conde Galeria Booth, Paramount Picture Studios, Los Angeles, California, US.
  • Sin Motivo Alguno (Without a Known Motive), Hamburgo Kunstgalerie 43, Mexico City.
  • Biophilia 3.7, Taller 13, Mexico City.
  • Zona MACO, Patricia Conde Galeria Booth, Mexico City.
  • 2013 HFAF (Houston Fine Art Fair), Texas, US.
  • The Story of the Creative, Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, NewYork, US.
  • Biophilia, Mycellium Ingenium, Mexico City.
  • 2012 Obra Reciente (Recent Works) Galería Patricia Conde, Mexico City.
  • El Lago Asfaltado (The Asphalted Lake), Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City.
  • 2009 Revive la Ciudad (Revive the City), Rejas de Chapultepec Open Gallery, Mexico City.
  • 2005 Them! Virreyes Hotel, Mexico City.
  • 2004 Cuadricula (Grid), Ist International Photography Prize, University of Salamanca, Spain.
  • Guadalupe en la Cultura Popular (Guadalupe in Popular Culture), Chapultepec Open Gallery, Mexico.

BOOKS (author)

  • 2019 Piedra Fundacional, Pewen Cuandernos de Fotografía, Editorial Muga, Spain.
  • 2016 El Medio Terrestre (Terrestrial Environment with text by Mario Bellatín), Artes de Mexico, Mexico.
  • 2014 Remolino de Tierra (Whirlwind of Earth), Ediciones Acapulco, Mexico.
  • 2009 Yo'tanK'op Corazón de la Palabra (Heart of the Word), Trilce, INAH, FONCA and INALI, Mexico.


  • 2016 - present Adjunct Professor, Integral Photography Program, Centro ADM, Mexico City.
  • 2106 Facilitator of the “Looking and Deciding, Photography as a Construction” workshop for local teenagers as part of a community project while at residence at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca.
  • 2010 - 2012 Adjunct Professor, Advanced Photography Course, Escuela Estudio Urquiza, Mexico City.


  • 2019 Inspiration, technique, and project developement, Patricia Conde Galería, México City.
  • 2018 Exploring Photobooks, by FOLIO and Panorama Fotografico at Centro de la Imagen, Mexico.
  • ONOMA Cooperative of Artists, Designers and Artisans, Fiskars, Finland.
  • 2017 MUNAL National Museum of Art, Mexico City.
  • Casa Wabi Santa Maria la Riviera, Mexico City.
  • FIL International Book Fair, Book launch and round table, Palacio de Minería, Mexico City.
  • Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City.
  • Library of Mexico, Mexico City.
  • 2016 Los Solistas Backstage Lecture series, Bandini Cultural Space, Mexico City.
  • FONCA National Endowment for the Arts, Young Creators Grant artist meeting, Taxco, Mexico.
  • FONCA National Endowment for the Arts, Young Creators Grant artist meeting, Puebla, Mexico.
  • 2015 PaperWorks Artist Book Fair, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.
  • El Estudio Galería, Morelia, Michaocan, Mexico.
  • 2014 Ediciones Acapulco, Book launch and roundtable.
  • 2012 Guest Lecturer, 20th anniversary of the Escuela Activa de Fotografía, Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • 2009 National Anthropology Museum, Book launch and lecture.


  • 2019, online feature on the Terrestrial Environment series, Mexico.
  • 2017 Panorama Fotográfico, online feature on the Residents series, Mexico.
  • PICS, Centro de la Imagen, online, artist profile, Mexico.
  • 2016 Tom Smith, Amuse, I.D, Vice, online, Mexico´s Beautiful Artist Comunne, England.
  • David Polo, Cuartoscuro Magazine, El Principio de las cosas (The Beginning of Things), interview, Mexico.
  • Lourdes Zambrano, Reforma Newspaper, Explora otros mundos (Exploring other Worlds), interview.
  • Ramón Rivas, EMNM Magazine, Ilán Rabchinskey, interview, Spain.
  • Huemanzín Rodriguez, Canal 22, online, El Orden eltiempo y el comienzo (Order, Time and the Beginning).
  • Bartolomé Delmar, Chilango Magazine, Buscando el origén (Searching for the Origin).
  • 2015 LAT Photo Magazine, online, feature.
  • Guillermo Sanchez Cervantes, Gatopardo Magazine, Una bitacora de viajes (A Travel Journal), Mexico.
  • Bartolomé Delmar, Chilango Magazine, Artsection, book review, Mexico.
  • 2012 Éricka P. Bucio, Reforma Newspaper, Idealizan mundo salvaje (Idealizing the Wilderness), Mexico.
  • Joyce García, Cuartoscuro Magazine, El espacio imaginario (Imaginary Space), interview, Mexico.
  • Bartolomé Delmar, Chilango Magazine, Memoria disecada, (Dissecated Memory), exhibition review.
  • Emiliano Balerini, Milenio Newspaper, El medio terrestre, vision crítica del medio ambiente (Terrestrial
  • Environment, a Critical Vision of Habitat), exhibition review, Mexico.
  • El Universal Newspaper Sunday supplement, El método Rabchinskey (The Rabchinskey Method), Mexico.
  • Yanireth Israde, Reforma Newspaper, Captan paso del tiempo (Capturing the passage of time), Mexico.
  • 2009 Jorge Ricardo, Reforma Newspaper, Ilustra libro la actualidad de los tseltales (Book Ilustrates the Modern
  • Tseltal), Mexico.


  • 2005 BA Degree, Media Studies, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.
  • 2004 Photography studies with Allen Frame, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.
  • 2003 Media and Photography studies, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.



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