Panama City, Panama (1981)
He starts his career in the world of art through graffiti, and street art culture. Later on, he decided to study photography and painting in the University of Fine Arts. During his college years he begins to work in art direction and animation for advertising projects. This experience consolidates his interest for art and focuses in his own art productions.
In Cisco Merel’s work, these influences are combined together with local references to define his esthetic and perceptual universe. The artist explores a vocabulary of forms inspired by typographies and geometry, and a precise and systematic color code, to structure his own artistic discourse. Cisco uses these iconographies to compose images and spaces in multiple media such as painting, sculpture, non-traditional materials and installation, as well as projects in public space.
He has participated in international workshops and residences, as the Global Fresh Collective Workshop in New York (2009), Culture France Scholarship, Cité International des Arts, Paris (2010) and Pilotenkueche Residence in Leipzig, Germany (2011).
Among his individual and collective exhibitions, the following stand out: “Landscape”, Diablo Rosso, Panama (2006); “CiscoColor Terapy”, Diablo Rosso, Panama (2008); “Bienal del Istmo Centroamericano”, Honduras (2008); “Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo”, Mexico (2009); “The State Of L3 Collective”, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2010); “Abstract Garden”, Galería Mateo Sariel, Panama (2011); “Ab jetzt muss alles fliegen”, Pilotenkueche, Leipzig (2011); “VALOARTE”, San José, Costa Rica (2011); “Bright Light, Big Love”, Underline Gallery, New York (2012); “So Easy/ So Hard”, Galería Mateo Sariel , Panama (2013); “The New Painters”, Saltfineart Gallery, Laguna Beach, California (2013); “Topología Tropical”, Sol del Rio Galería, Guatemala (2014); “Flat Land”, Guadalupe Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2014); and “Recent Works”, Marión Gallery, Panama (2014).