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Guadalupe Maravilla is the 2021 recipient of The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award!

October 5, 2021, 8AM (NEW YORK TIME)

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Solo exhibition:

January 14 – April 30, 2022, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway

Opening ceremony:

Thursday, January 13, 2022, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway

Press preview:
Wednesday, January 13, 10am-12, 2022, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway


Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is proud to announce Guadalupe Maravilla as the recipient of The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award 2021.

Guadalupe Maravilla (b. 1976, El Salvador) is a visual artist working and residing in Brooklyn, New York. In 1984, aged eight, Maravilla immigrated to the United States as an undocumented, unaccompanied child, fleeing civil war in El Salvador. When as an adult, he was diagnosed with cancer, Maravilla was treated with radiation and chemotherapy alongside his own healing practices and became cancer free. Both events have had an impact on Maravilla’s artistic practice and are present in his artworks.

The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award presents 100,000 USD in prize money to a distinguished artist whose work will inspire and motivate future generations to active participation and social responsibility.

Presented bi-annually, the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award is intended to mark a significant milestone in an artist’s career and represents a financial commitment that places the art award among the most significant internationally. In addition to the prize, there is an acquisition budget for the inclusion of the artist’s work in the Henie Onstad Collection, and the recipient will feature in a dedicated exhibition.

For the first time in Europe, a selection of work by the artist will be presented in a solo exhibition at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway as part of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme. The exhibition will open January 13, 2022 and run through April 30, 2022.

Guadalupe Maravilla was selected as the recipient of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award by an international jury comprising María Inés RodríguezMichelle KuoElvira Dyangani OsePaulina Rider WilhelmsenCaroline Ugelstad, and Tone Hansen.

Regarding his selection, the jury stated:

“Guadalupe Maravilla’s interdisciplinary practice constantly refers to his experiences of exile and illness, migration and healing, identity and displacement. 

Yet Maravilla’s work is also far more than his life. Building on personal narratives but venturing far afield into pre-Columbian mythologies, collective memory, geopolitical history, and material culture, the artist constructs artworks that act. His sculptures and elaborate constructions are also performative tools; he collaborates with others to create interactive wall drawings; he has choreographed a motorcycle gang chorus and crossed the Rio Grande using one of his artworks as a flotation device. 

When New York became the epicenter of the corona virus pandemic, Maravilla organised mutual aid work across the city supporting undocumented and immigrant communities with food and money, a continuation of his ongoing commitment to immigrant communities.”

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