Gabriel Orozco, a Mexican contemporary artist with an international identity, is now the subject of an exhibit at the Tate Modern in London. An article on the exhibit can be found via www.artdaily.org. Irony of ironies, this article appeared just days after I said I wished Art Daily would have more on Latin American artists.
Orozco is a Mexican by birth and early training. He still carries within him Mexican traditions, though he does much more. As many Mexican artists do, Orozco sees art as a means for making political and social points, but his wide-ranging mind and curiosity might have picked academic philosophy or mathematics or history, for instance, as as the place to express himself and his ideas. Instead he has chosen art and many of its resources, traditional as well as twenty-first century technological, found and new, with which to do it. He was born in Xalapa, leaving to to study at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Mexico City. He went on to Madrid and from there to become a resident of the world.
Here is a photo of his Citroen, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City:
Below is his photo of his work called black kites.
This link to PBS's Art21 is a rich source of information, including interviews, slide shows and videos of work.