Ilán Rabchinskey was born in 1980 in Mexico City. He has a BA in Media and Audiovisual Studies by the Universidad Iberoamericana and has lived in England, Spain and Israel.

His work explores the tension between the forces of nature and the development of human civilization, the physical constitution of matter, and humanity’s relationship with itself and other forms of biological and material existence on the planet.

He has exhibited in Mexico, France, England, United States, Spain and Chile, as well as art fairs like Zona MACO, Paris Photo LA, HFAF and Gallery Weekend MX.

In 2006 he was recipient ofthe Cultural Projects and Co-investments Development Program from the FONCA National Endowment for the Arts and is currently under the Young Creators Grant, awarded by the same institution.

He is the author of Yo’tan K’op Corazón de la Palabra (Yo’tanK’op Heart of the Word), Remolino de Tierra (Whirlwind of Earth), and El Medio Terreste (Terrestrial Environment) published respectively by Trilce, Ediciones Acapulco and Artes de Mexico.

In addition to his work as an artist, he has published as independent editorial photographer in numerous art, architecture and travel books as well as magazines like LAT Photo Magazine, Esquire, Conde Nast Traveler, Elle, Travel + Leisure, Gatopardo, GQ, Marie Claire, Life & Style and Frente.

He currently lives and works in Mexico City.


  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2017     - Firmamento, 1 Mes 1 Artista, Mexico City.
  • 2016     - Piedra Fundacional, Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico City.
  • 2015     - Residentes / El Medio Terrestre, El Estudio Galeria, Morelia, Michoacan.
  • 2014     - Remolino de Tierra (Whirlwind of Earth), Ediciones Acapulco, Mexico City.
  • 2012     - El Medio Terrestre (Terrestrial Environment), Museo Archivo de la Fotografía. Mexico City.
  • 2009     - I Was a Landscape in Your Dream, Paramount Building. London, England.
  • 2003     - Grandes Exitos (Greatest Hits), Galería Reverso, Mexico City.
  • AWARDS, GRANTS and RESIDENCIES
  • 2018      - Artist in Residence, Dedazo Artist Residence, Chiapas, Mexico (upcoming).
  • 2016      - Artist in Residence, Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • 2016      - Honorable Mention, Portfolio 16, Mexico.
  • 2016      - Honorable Mention, Nexofoto 16 prize, Spain.
  • 2015      - Recipient, Jovenes Creadores Grant, FONCA National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 2015      - Finalist, 1st National Nature Photography Contest.
  • 2014      - Preselected, XVI Bienal of the Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.
  • 2014      - Honorable Mention, Portfolio Festival (14), Mexico City.
  • 2006      - Recipient, Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales, FONCA National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 2004      - 1st prize winner of the 1st International Photography Prize, University of Salamanca, Spain.
  • GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS
  • 2017      - La Lente Conceptual, Leon International Photography festival FFIEL, Forum Cultural, Leon.
  • 2017      - Luz Portátil, Centro Cultural Olimpo, Merida, Yucatan.
  • 2016      - National Endowment for the Arts, Young Creators Grant exhibition,  Capilla del Arte, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2016      - Ekho Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2016      - Ten Years of  The Portable Light Collection, Museo Archivo de la Fotografia, Mexico.
  • 2016      - 3W Gallery, Reims, France.
  • 2016      - ArtCube Gallerie, Paris, France. 
  • 2015      - Intervención, Nave Dos Quince, Mexico City.
  • 2015      - Remolino de Tierra, Nave Dos Quince, Mexico City.
  • 2015      - Casa Nomada, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato.
  • 2015      - Gallery Weekend Mexico, Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico City.
  • 2015      - Visiones de Nuestra Naturaleza, CONABIO, Galeria Abierta de las Rejas de Chapultepec, Mexico City.
  • 2014      - Gallery Weekend Mexico, Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico City.
  • 2014      - 52, Travesias Media & GDF, Galeria abierta de las Rejas de Chapultepec, Mexico City.
  • 2014      - Paris Photo, Patricia Conde Galeria Booth, Paramount Picture Studios, Los Angeles, California, US.
  • 2014      - Sin Motivo Alguno (Without Known Motive), Hamburgo Kunstgalerie 43, Mexico City.
  • 2014      - Biophilia 3.7, Taller 13, Mexico City.
  • 2014      - Zona MACO, Patricia Conde Galeria Booth, Mexico City.
  • 2013      - HFAF (Houston Fine Art Fair), Texas, US.
  • 2013      - The Story of the Creative, Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, US.
  • 2013      - Biophilia, Mycellium Ingenium, Mexico City.
  • 2012      - Obra Reciente (Recent Works), Galería Patricia Conde, Mexico City.
  • 2012      - El Lago Asfaltado (The Asphalted Lake), Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City.
  • 2009      - Revive la Ciudad (Revive the City), Rejas de Chapultepec, Mexico City.  
  • 2005      - Them!, Virreyes Hotel, Mexico City.
  • 2004      - Cuadricula (Grid), Ist International Photography Prize, University of Salamanca, Spain.
  • 2004      - Guadalupe en la Cultura Popular, (Guadalupe in Popular Culture), Rejas de Chapultepec, Mexico City.
  • BOOKS
  • 2016      - El Medio Terrestre (Terrestrial Environment) With a text by Mario Bellatín. Artes de México, Mexico.
  • 2014      - Remolino de Tierra (Whirlwind of Earth), Ediciones Acapulco, Mexico.
  • 2009      - Yo'tan K'op Corazón de la Palabra (Heart of the Word), Trilce, INAH, FONCA, INALI, Mexico.
  • PUBLICATIONS: LAT Photo Magazine, Cuartoscuro, Gatopardo, Errr Magazine, Photographic Museum of Humanity, Esquire, Amuse, Conde Nast Traveler, Frente, Elle, Travel + Leisure, GQ, Marie Claire, Life & Style, Hoja Santa, Chilango, Marvin, Obras, Reforma, La Jornada.
  • TEACHING
  • 2016                   - Teacher of the “Project Development Workshop”,  Centro ADM, Mexico City.
  • 2010 - 2012       - Teacher of the “Philosophy and Image" theoretical class, Estudio Urquiza, Mexico City.
  • STUDIES
  • 2000 – 2005      - Degree in 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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