Sebastian ErraZuriz

A biography

Chilean born, New York based, Sebastian Errazuriz was raised in London, obtained a design degree in Santiago and a Master in Fine Arts from New York University.

Artist, designer and activist Sebastian Errazuriz received international acclaim for his original and provocative works on a variety of disciplines. Tackling everything from experimental kinetic cabinets, functional sculptures and tech art projects to political artworks and giant public art projects, his practice tends to blur the boundaries between contemporary art, design, craft and technology. His work is always surprising and compelling, inviting the viewer to look again at realities that were often hidden in plain sight.

Sebastian Errazuriz became, at the age of 28, the second living South American artist to have work auctioned at Sotheby’s Important Twentieth Century Design. In 2017, Errazuriz founded Cross Lab, a young creative studio that mixes art, technology, design, and communications that explores alternative ideas and investigates the impact of emerging technologies to produce innovative solutions for contemporary issues. His intervention on the Augmented Reality sculpture by Koons + Snapshat was the first virtual vandalized public artwork; the widely published piece opened the discussion on the corporate takeover of virtual public spaces. In 2015 Errazuriz was invited by Times Square Arts to present his public art installation “A Pause in the City that Never Sleeps” on 50 giant screens in Times Square. The same year Errazuriz was the honoree for the Gala of the NY Museum of art and Design. In 2014 Sebastian Errazuriz was subject of a Museum retrospective at The Carnegie Museum of Art. He was also invited to present his Tedx Talk “Step back and look again” at Martha’s Vineyard that year. In 2011 he was selected for the Compasso d’ Oro. In 2010 he received the title of Chilean Designer of the Year. In 2007 Errazuriz was selected one of the top emerging international designers by I.D. Magazine.

Sebastian Errazuriz’s work has been included in exhibitions and collections at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Cooper Hewitt, National Museum of Design in New York, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, The Vitra Museum in Weil AM Rheim Germany, The Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque and the Museo Amparo in Puebla in Mexico.

The coverage of his creations has been a successive string of viral responses. His collection 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers generated 35 Million hits on google and his Wave Cabinet has over 20 Million online views. Errazuriz has been featured in multiple magazine covers and portrayed in thousands press articles. He has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Gestalten published the first monograph of his work. In addition, his work has been featured in mainstream TV on BBC, CNN and ABC.