Guadalupe Maravilla was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1976 and came to the New York City area during the 1980s as a refugee from the Salvadorian Civil War. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2003), an MFA from Hunter College (2013), and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Formerly known as Irvin Morazán, Maravilla has recently readopted his birth name and his undocumented father’s pseudonym as his surname. Maravilla is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses mediums like performance, video, and sculpture to stage rituals that blend fiction and autobiography. A recent series of works on paper draws inspiration from the Historia Tolteca Chichimeca, a 16th-century Nahuatl-language manuscript. Maravilla has exhibited his work at venues like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bronx Museum, and el Museo del Barrio. He is also the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant (2016), a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant (2015), and an Art Matters Grant (2012).