Regina José Galindo was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in 1974 and still lives and works in Guatemala. Galindo’s artistic practice situates her own body in a public dimension in a way that can be identified by anybody who has witnessed the violence and sadism of certain political events and personal disgrace. Since she was invited by Harald Szeemann to the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, with the work El dolor en un pañuelo (Pain is a handkerchief), and presented on the same occasion the performance Piel, Regina José Galindo has presented her work in numerous international exhibitions.
She was awarded the Golden Lion for best under 35 artist two editions later for Himenoplastia, in the 51st Venice Biennale (2005), where she also presented Golpes and ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?. Galindo has also participated at documenta 14, in the Istanbul, Prague and Tirane Biennials, as well as in major international institutions such as Pac in Milan, Tate, Guggenheim, PS1 in New York and Le Plateau in Paris. Her work is also present in several private and public collections, such as the Pompidou, Guggenheim, Rivoli Museum in Torino, or the Miami Art Museum and Cisneros Fontanals Collection in Miami.