BIO

Born 1989 in Mexico City. Cacho began his career as a designer. It is from his background as a designer that his practice inherited a process of research, thought and exploration towards the construction of objects. He is interested in the boundaries between craft and art. He researches everyday actions to tackle the recognition and awareness of the mundane.


His work has been exhibited at museums in Mexico including Tamayo Museum, Franz Mayer Museum and San Ildefonso College. He has also participated in the 2nd Iberoamerican Ibero-American Design Biennial in Spain. Cacho is currently enrolled in the Global Art Practice MFA program at Tokyo University of the Arts.

STATEMENT

The daily repetition of an action may have two possible outcomes. One outcome may be a forgotten moment from our everyday lives the second is a way to achieve comprehensive mastery of our own lives. I tend to pursue the latter. I think of art as a medium to highlight and create awareness of the forgotten importance of mundane daily actions.


My practice questions the understanding of craft as a technique; as a mindlessly mechanical repetition. I am interested in the boundaries between craft and art; and with that, the intimate relationship between hand and thought. I consider the idea of craftsmanship as the elevation of a practice, and art, as the exteriorization of the thought.

EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS

2018 / Creators 5 · Exhibition · Tokyo Artcomplex Center
2018 / Showcase · Solo Exhibition curated by Ozawa Tsuyoshi · TUA
2017 / Toride Art Path · Exhibition · Tokyo University of the Arts
2017 / Folkeston Art Triennale · Exhibition · England. TUA x CSM
2016 / Monbukagakusho · Scholar · Japan Ministry of Education
2015 / Zona Maco de Arte Contemporáneo · Designer · Pirwi Pavilion
2014 / Design Week Mexico · Designer · Pirwi Pavilion for Tamayo Museum
2013 / San Ildefonso Museum · Exhibition · Abierto Mexicano de Diseño
2012 / Iberoamerican Design Biennale · Honorable Mention México
2012 / Iberoamerican Design Biennale · Exhibition · Spain · Jabonera Design Estudio
2012 / Quorum · Award · Conceptual category
2012 / Quorum · Exhibition · Franz Mayer Museum
2012 / Dimuebe · Honorable Mention
2011 / Iminox · Honorable Mention
2011 / POPAI · Award · Red Solutions

CONTACT
MICTLAN
2012

“I daresay that, to the citizens of New York, Paris or London, death is an unpronounceable word that burns the lips. Mexicans, on the other side, frequent, mock, pet, sleep with and celebrate death. It is one of our favorite toys andour deepest love. It is true that we may fear it as much as others; but at least we do not hide it nor hide from it.” - Fragment from “El laberinto de la Soledad” -Octavio Paz-
The Day of the Death tradition is full of colors, scents, sights and sounds. Inspired by all these stimuli Mictlan is designed to embrace death as part of life. The urn is hand-made by artisans from Tarandacuao, Guanajuato in central Mexico.

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IGOROVMX Photography


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IGOROVMX Photography


mictlan

IGOROVMX Photography


mictlan

IGOROVMX Photography

LOMA
2013

Nowadays lifestyle does not leave much free time La Loma is a low table to enjoy a picnic in the comfort of your home. The rug is crafted in 100% wool by Mr. Granados from the mountain towns of Queretaro, Mexico. The table is made of poplar wood and finished with linseed oil.
The perfect integration between design and the craftsmanship of the carpenter Cesario Collado allows the table to be assembled entirely by hand within seconds

loma

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loma

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loma

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IGOROVMX Photography


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IGOROVMX Photography


loma

IGOROVMX Photography


loma

IGOROVMX Photography

MACO
2014

Each year ZONA MACO, Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair, brings collectors, specialists and galleries from every part of the world together in Mexico City. Pirwi Pavillion for this art fair exhibits months of work of the PreFab Houses Project. Within the pavilion there is work from 8 different artist with whom Pirwi collaborated.
As head of New Product & Projects Development I was responsible for the engineering and installation of the pavilion and all the furniture within it.

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Diego Berruecos Photography
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Diego Berruecos Photography
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maco

Diego Berruecos Photography
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Diego Berruecos Photography
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Diego Berruecos Photography
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Diego Berruecos Photography

TAMAYO
2015

The pavilion is a circular structure inspired by windows. Small spaces that allow the user to perceive an instant of the everchanging enviroment. This project studies architecture as a phenomenon that combines nature and creativity. - Alejandro Castro
As head of New Product & Projects Development I was responsible for the engineering and installation of the project.

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tamayo
tamayo
tamayo
tamayo
tamayo
PIRWI
2016

"The goal is to make Pirwi a useful tool in social and environmental regeneration, which will help create a larger level of well being for the company and its workers, for those who use our products, and for the planet that allows us to manufacture them."
I worked from 2012 until 2016 as Sr. Designer in the New Product Development area at Pirwi. As the new products and special projects development project leader I worked in the cencept, development, prototyping and manufacture of projects ranging form a chair to wooden pavilions.

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DLK modular shelf - Design by Derek Dellekamp


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DLK modular shelf - Design by Derek Dellekamp


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Petzel Lamp - Design by Jorge Pardo


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Development Process


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6AM Chair - Design by Emiliano Godoy


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Martina Table - Design by Ian Ortega

COMPASS
2016

The wedge is one of the oldest and most applied principles in Japanese woodworking. As a basic exercise to comprehend and learn the joint I developed two beam compasses.
Two ideas, a line as the union between two points. And a line as one of the simplest forms of visual communication inspired these designs. Straight and simple lines define the form of both compasses.
In one, minimizing the impact of the pencil and the needle to the minimum. Therefore, leaving the all the protagonism to the form and the concept.
On the other hand, the second design gives to the pencil, or its absence, the main focus. As the pencil is the wedge itself and without it, the compass function can not be done.

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compass
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compass
GRADIENT
2016

The thinning of the wood in the magewappa bento joint inspired this lamp. The idea is to create a gradient that is only visible when the light is on. This gradient seeks to unveil the beauty add warmth of wood. The presicion on the thickness progresion in the material can only be achieved manually with the Japanese wood planer, kanna.
The bottom joint of the lamp shade is made with a small wooden insert and tighten up together with Japanese cherry bark.

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COLORS
2017

The concept of this project derives from the question: What is beautiful?
I think that the answer to this question lies within each person. In a world that is more connected than ever before, and a society that is growing in diversity. Nowadays is important to acknowledge the beauty in diversity.
Despite the fact that we are all equal details make us all different. There’s an opportunity to see the color of each person, to see the characteristics that make us unique.
This cups may appear equal. But if you look closely to the inner side, just like people, they have diverse colors.

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colors
colors
colors
HAYASHI
2017

Inspired by tradicional Japanese carpentry, this table can be totally disassembled thanks to the dovetails and wedges used for its construction.
It is finished with soap inspired by the Danish carpentry. Made with Japanese larch and finished with soap for the legs and oil for the tabletop.

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WASHI STOOL
2017

A simple stool with the seat wooven with Japanese paper. The adges are handcarved with a chisel. Made with Japanese ash and finished with linseed oil.

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washi stool
washi stool
washi stool
washi stool
washi stool
MAKE (BREAK) & MEND
2017

This project was presented as part of the Folkestone Fringe Art Festival, parallel to the Folkestone Art Triennial in England. The artwork is a reminder of the constant cycle of construction and deconstruction in which society is immersed. From colonialism to consumism. An endless loop of apropiation and transformation.
A column of the pavilion was removed and replaced with a pitchfork made from an old telegraph pole. After that, chopsticks were made from the wood of the original column during a 5 days performance by the artist.
This artwork was made in collaboration with Stephen Palmer from the Folkestone Shedders, a group of ex-military personnel working with wood. In Stephen experience during his sailor days, Wednesdays were meant to “Make and Mend” anything that needed repair in the boat.


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make and mend
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Bartle Halpin Photography


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©Global Art Joint Curriculum 2017 between Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Tokyo University of the Arts


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Bartle Halpin Photography

AGATHIS DECONSTRUCTION
2017

As much times is defined, I don't believe craft as a mindless repetition. Pursuing the mastery of the kanna (Japanese wood plane) by deconstructing 1cm of Agathis wood into 140 slices, this artwork seeks not only to show us the most intimate lines of wood but to dissect the technique itself and think about the the boundaries between an artwork and a craft.

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agathis deconstruction
agathis deconstruction
agathis deconstruction
agathis deconstruction
agathis deconstruction
HAYASHI SILLA
2018

This chair is inspired by the ancient Japanese technique to round the huge logs used for the tori gates. The legs of the chair were hand-rounded with the Japanese kanna (Japanese woodplane)
Made with Japanese larch it is finished with wax

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hayashisilla
hayashisilla
hayashisilla
hayashisilla
KUMITATE STOOL
2018

Stool made in colaboration with the furniture maker from Japan Tsumiki. I designed and built the stool during one intensive week learning about furniture making and how to carry on a woodworking workshop. The stool is thought to be dissasemblable and portable within a small bag. These conditions also made the stool very light with a weight of just 1.3kg. The detail and precision in the joints makes it not only possible assemble without any tool, but incredibly sturdy. Finished with soap to preserve the natural color of the Japanese Ash

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MOLINILLOS
2018

"Molinillo" is a craft that has remain unchanged since it was born as a "mestizo" in 1700 as part of the Spanish and Mexican culture mix.
This work in progress is a first approach to a series of sculptures inspired by the idea of the "Molinillo" as an artwork. Besides exploring the technice, materials and possible finishes of the object, the objective of this work is to delve into the boundaries between art and craft in Mexico.

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Molinillo 1
Chesnut
33x7x7cm

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Molinillo 2
Chesnut
24x7x7cm

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Molinillo 3
Chesnut
31x7x7cm

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Molinillo 4
Chesnut
27x6.5x6.5cm

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Molinillo 5
Chesnut
35x8x8cm

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Molinillo 6
Chesnut
27x6.5x6.5cm

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Molinillo 7
Chesnut
17.5x6.5x6.5cm

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Molinillo 8
Chesnut, Japanese laquer
19x8x8cm

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Molinillo 9
Chesnut
23x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 10
Chesnut
29.5x8x8cm

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Molinillo 11
Chesnut
35x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 12
Oak
19x4.5x4.5cm

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Molinillo 13
Oak
17x3.5x3.5cm

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Molinillo 14
Oak, Brass
18x4x4cm

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Molinillo 15
Poplar
33x5x5cm

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Molinillo 16
Chesnut, Brass
10x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 17
Japanese zelkova
28x6x6cm

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Molinillo 18
Chesnut
19x6x6cm

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Molinillo 19
Oak
24x4x4cm

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Molinillo 20
Poplar
20x5x5cm

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Molinillo 21

18x4.5x4.5cm

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Molinillo 22
Japanese zelkova
25x6.5x6.5cm

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Molinillo 23
Oak
21.5x4x4cm

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Molinillo 24
Oak
18.7x3.6x3.6cm

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Molinillo 25
Burdock
14.5x6.5x6.5cm

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Molinillo 26
Olive
14x5x5cm

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Molinillo 27
Oak
6.7x3x3cm

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Molinillo 28
Walnut
25x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 29
Poplar
10x5x5cm

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Molinillo 30
Burdock
7x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 31
Walnut
13.5x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 32
Poplar
45x5x5cm

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Molinillo 33
Poplar
25x6x6cm

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Molinillo 34
Burdock
22.5x7x7cm

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Molinillo 35
Chesnut
12.8x7.2x7.2cm

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Molinillo 36
Oak
15.5x3.7x3.7cm

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Molinillo 37
Burdock
11.3x7.3x7.3cm

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Molinillo 38

43x5.5x5.5cm

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Molinillo 39
Walnut
8.5x7.5x7.5cm

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Molinillo 40

21.3x5x5cm

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Molinillo 41
Oak
22x4x4cm

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Molinillo 42
Japanese zelkova
18.5x6.3x6.3cm

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Molinillo 43
Walnut
28.5x8x8cm

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Molinillo 44
Poplar
13.4x4.8x4.8cm