Hilda Palafox
JUXTAPOZ|Summer 2019
Hilda Palafox

Strength In Colors.

Femininity in its original state, lusciously embodying Mother Earth with weight, strength, and beauty—Hilda Palafox glorifies a woman’s world. If you have followed her career, you have admired the evolution. Characters who once evinced the innocence and passivity of the young in reductive ambivalence now have a presence. Body commands space.

Born and based in Mexico City, Hilda has worked hard to find herself one of the most acclaimed female urban artists in her country, barely finding time to appreciate the momentous moment. Solo shows in Japan and Querétaro (Mexico) vie with murals, brand collaborations, group exhibits, and Miami Art Basel week. Be it Denver, Madrid, Tokyo, Montreal, or the idyllic beach town of San Pancho on the Pacific coast, and even smoggy Mexico City, Hilda’s work meets our gaze. Her women have acquired a collective voice that speaks in bold chorus: I am present but you can’t possess me. I am here, this is my body, and this is what it looks like. Whether I float or stand firmly planted, this is my space and I will bestow my stare in my own good time.

On a hot spring evening in the historic center of Mexico City, huddled around a dining room table in her home studio, with her partner Joaquín, two cats and many mosquitos, I sat down with her to learn a bit more about her story.

Ivonne Alcántara: Where do you think you got your artistic sensibility?

Hilda Palafox: My mother became a stay-at-home mom after my youngest sister was born. My dad was an engineer, and I used to think no one in my family had that creative side. After giving it some thought, I realized it came from my mom. She’s not an artist, but she was always so crafty. With our school assignments, she taught me how to make everything impeccably, and would really take it to the max. She would exploit creativity, experimenting with fabrics and materials. I think I got that part of myself along with my search for an aesthetic.

When did you decide you wanted to indulge in an artistic practice?

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