César Ordóñez (Barcelona, 1964)

My work is focused on the human condition, the beauty of existence and its fragility. Exploring how our thoughts and attitudes influence our environment, and vice versa. With a vital and intimate style, my works move between the reality and the metaphor, between lived moments and dreamed ones.

Since the early 90s I combined the growth of my artistic career, with the work as a fashion and advertising photographer, and my labour in the board of Spain's Professional Photographers Association (1999-2007). From 2007 (when I created "Ashimoto" series) until today, I focus my activity on projects that I mainly develop in Tokyo, my city-lab, which highlights the participation (since 2012) in Tokyo-Ga, a large international project featuring this metropolis.

I have exhibited in more than 15 countries, among them: Spain, Mexico, France, Italy, Japan, China and Russia. In art centers like UCCA (Beijing, 2009), Manege (St. Petersburg, 2011), Songwon Art Center (Seoul, 2013), Sala Canal Isabel II (Madrid, 2017), CCEMx (Mexico City, 2019), Instituto Cervantes and Bunkamura Museum (Tokyo, 2020) and Fundació Foto Colectania (Barcelona, 2020). I have held more than 15 solo exhibitions and more than 70 group ones. My works are part of the collections of Fundació Foto Colectania (Barcelona, Spain), Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (Sant Cugat del Vallés, Spain), Auer Photo Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Fundación Unicaja (Malaga, Spain), San Telmo Museoa (Donostia, Spain) and several private collections in Europe and America.

Solo exhibitions (selection) 

2020   LA INTIMIDAD,  Instituto Cervantes, online, Tokyo (Japan)
2018   WE ARE NOT ISLANDS,  Fiftydots Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2018   TOKYO INTIM,  Galeria Agüí, Andorra la vella (Principality of Andorra)
2017   TOKYO INTIMO,  LPBC, Barcelona (Spain)
2014   TOKYO BLUR,  Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   LA INTIMIDAD,  Mondo Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2012   TOKYO INTIMO,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
2011   LA INTIMIDAD,  Sala Enart, Lleida (Spain)
2011   ASHIMOTO,  Mediadvanced Galería, Gijón (Spain)
2011   TOKYO,  Rita Castellote Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2010   KAGAMI, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Emergent 08 Festival, Lleida (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, SCAN 08 Festival, Tarragona (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2005   NIPPON NO ASHI, Calpe Fotos Galería, Calpe, Alicante (Spain)
1999   JAPONESES, In2 Japan Festival, CCCB (Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona), Barcelona (Spain)

Group exhibitions (selection) 

2022   Ashimoto. Caminos de Hierro, FFE, traveling through 12 cities in Spain (January - December 2022)
2021   Las alas de la vida (videoart). Kronos Arts BCN Festival, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona
2021   La intimidad. Based on True Stories, Sala Sabadell Herrero, Oviedo (Spain)
2021   Tokyo Blur. Maridajes: Agua, Fotocolectania - Bodegas Roda, Haro, La Rioja (Spain)
2020   La intimidad. Based on True Stories, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona (Spain)
2020   Ashimoto. Tokyo Curiosity, Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2020   Las alas de la vida. Pausa, Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City (MEXICO)
2019   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, CCEMx, Mexico City (MEXICO)
2019   Tokyo Blur. Confluencias, Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City (MEXICO)
2019   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, Museo MUNTREF, Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)
2019   Tokyo Blur. Realitats imaginàries, Fiftydots Gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2019   We Are Not IslandsApproaches of abstraction / Construction of a landscape, Patricia Conde Galeria (MEXICO)
2019   Tokyo Blur. Tokyo Curiosity, City Hall, Berlin (GERMANY)
2019   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, CCESantiago, Santiago de Chile (CHILE)
2018   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, Museo Cándido Bidó, Bonao (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
2018   Tokyo Blur. Tokyo Curiosity, 4th City Hall in Le Marais, Paris (FRANCE)
2018   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, Centro Cultural de España, Lima (PERU)
2018   Tokyo Blur. Voies Off Festival,  Fiftydots Gallery,  Arles (FRANCE)
2018   Tokyo Blur. 48 Stunden Neuköln Festival,  FK-Gallery, Berlin (GERMANY)
2018   Tadaima.  Revela't Festival,  Fiftydots Gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2018   Ashimoto.  Shibuya - Tokyo Curiosity, Tokyo-Ga 2018-2020, Hikarie, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2017   Tokyo Blur.  Un cierto Panorama (reciente fotografía de autor en España), CAF, Almeria (SPAIN)
2017   Ashimoto.  Cara a cara, Fotocolectania, Museu da Imagem, Braga (PORTUGAL)
2017   Tokyo Blur.  Un cierto Panorama (reciente fotografía de autor en España), sala Canal Isabel II, Madrid (SPAIN)
2016   Ashimoto.  Maridajes XVIII: Tipologías, Fotocolectania - Bodegas Roda, Haro, La Rioja (SPAIN)
2016   Silencis.  Mirades BCN, Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2015   Tokyo Blur.  Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival 2015, Kobe (JAPAN)
2015   Tokyo Blur.  Korekara Japón, Mitte, Barcelona (Spain)
2014   Kagami.  Intimidad Extimidad, Galeria Juan Naranjo, Barcelona (Spain)
2014   Tokyo Blur.  La Librairie Imaginaire (Tokyo-Ga), Galerie T, Paris (France)
2014   Tokyo Blur Gallery Weekend México, Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico City (MEXICO)
2014   La intimidad.  Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul (South Korea)
2014   Tokyo Blur.   Korekara Japón (dual year Spain-Japan), Mitte, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.  Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Songwon Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)
2013   Ashimoto.  Tokyo-Ga 4 forest among us,  Gakushuin University, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2013   Tokyo dancers. Shooting Life, Galeria Hartmann_La Santa (Circuit 2013), Barcelona (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.  Videoakt 03, International Videoart Biennial, French Institut Auditorium, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.   4colors, The square of Arts, St. Petersburg (Russia)
2013   Kagami.  XIV Unicaja Biennial Photo Award, Museum Joaquín Peinado, Ronda, Málaga (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.  Tres projectes. Fotografia,  Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   Kagami.  XIV International Visual Arts Contest CEC, Sta. Catalina Castle, Cadiz (Spain)
2012   After the rain. WeArt Festival, Barcelona (Spain)
2012   La intimidad.   Entre Ville et paysage,  Galerie Detaille, Marsella (FRANCE)
2012   Kagami.  XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded work, Sala Siglo, Málaga (SPAIN)
2011   Seijin no hi.  An image for a life - Orphan AID, Raina Lupa gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2011   Kagami.  BAC Festival 2011, Galería H2O, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2011   Saint Petersburg Photo Vernissage 2011,  Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg (Russia)
2011   Kagami.  TotArt 2010,  City hall of Picanya, Valencia (Spain)
2011   La intimidad.  Difracción,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico City (MEXICO)
2011   La intimidad.  On quan qui?,  Valid Foto Galería, Barcelona (Spain)
2010   Kagami.  XII International Visual Arts Contest CEC,  Sta. Catalina Castle, Cadiz (SPAIN)
2010   KagamiLoop Videoart Festival, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2009   KagamiVideo Art from Spain: Hybrid Generations, UCCA (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art),  Beijing (CHINA)
2010   KagamiLoop Videoart Festival, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2008   The Past.  Fish& Foto, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2005   The Pyramide Exhibition, Sonimag, Barcelona (Spain)
2003   Sol y Sombra,  10th anniversary of twinning between Kobe and Barcelona, Hotel Majestic, Barcelona (Spain)


2018   Fotofever,  Fiftydots Gallery, Paris (France)
2018   MIA Photo Fair,  Fiftydots Gallery, Milan (Italy)
2017   Utopia Markets Photo,  Barcelona (Spain)

2016   Utopia Photo Market,  Barcelona
2015   Maco Foto,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

2015   Offprint London 2015, Multiplos, Tate Modern (Turbine Hall), London (UK)
2015   Arts LIbris, The Folio Club, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   Room Art Fair,  Mondo Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2013   Swab Art Fair,  GalerÍa Atelier, Barcelona(Spain)
2012   VIP ART FairPatricia Conde Galería, New York (USA)
2012   Lima Photo 2012Patricia Conde Galería, Lima (Peru)
2011   Madridfoto 2011,  Galeria Rita Castellote, Madrid (Spain)
2009   Madridfoto 2009,  Photolounge.eu, Madrid (Spain)

Works in art collections

ARXIU NACIONAL DE CATALUNYA, Sant Cugat del Vallés, Barcelona, SPAIN
SAN TELMO MUSEOA  |  Colección Gabriela Cendoya, Donostia, SPAIN
Private collections in Spain, France, Switzerland, Russia and Mexico

Books & publications (selection) 

2020   Tokyo Curiosity, several autors, exhibition catalogue, Bunkamura The Museum, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2019   César Ordóñez and his look on Japan, Master's Thesis, Cristina Mimbela, University of Zaragoza (SPAIN)
2019   Hola, tú a mi no me conoces, several autors, Club de Creativos/as, collaboration: Instituto de la Mujer (SPAIN)
2019   Marie Claire, “Now you’re an adult”, (Australia, Hungary, Czech Rep., Mexico, Hong-Kong and 5 more countries)
2018   Fotofever. "Ashimoto", catalogue's cover, Fotofever & Snoeck Publishers (FRANCE)
2018   Barcelona Fotos Prohibidas, several autors, La Fábrica (SPAIN)
2017   Un Cierto Panorama (Reciente fotografía de autor en España), several autors, Comunidad de Madrid (SPAIN)
2015   Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, several autors, Utakatado Publishing (JAPAN)
2015   Time Out Tokyo, article and interview, magazine nº 7 (JAPAN)
2014   TOKYO BLUR, selfpublished book
2014   Rar, nº 22, Univers Tòquio (photos and text), Diari Ara (SPAIN)
2014   Barcelona, several autors, La Fábrica (SPAIN)
2013   Time Out Tokyo, nº 1, article Tokyo-Ga, several autors (JAPAN)
2013   XIV Premio Unicaja de Fotografía, several autors, Fundación Unicaja (SPAIN)
2011   Eikyo, nº 3, cover & article, Eikyo influencias japonesas (SPAIN)
2010   La Fotografía Actual, nº 139, article,  Artual (SPAIN)
2009   Woman,  nº 200, "Mujer en el objetivo", several autors, Grupo Zeta (SPAIN)
2008   Zut, nº 8, several autors,  Zut Ediciones (SPAIN)
2005   Lux 2004, Lux  Awards, cover,  AFP (SPAIN)
2001   Evophat, several autors, Vasava Artworks + Indexbook (SPAIN)
1999   Evolutive,  nº 5, “El Pasado”, Vasava Artworks (SPAIN)

Awards & grants (selection) 

2021   Ayudas a la Creación 2021, VEGAP
2020   29 "Caminos de Hierro" contest finalist, Fundación de los Ferocarriles Españoles
2013   Grant of research and creation 2013, CoNCA. Granted project: "Tokyo. Un projecte continu"
2012   XIV International Visual Arts Award CEC
2012   Descubrimientos PHE 2012
2011   XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded and acquired work
2010   Grant of research and creation 2013, CoNCA. Granted project: "La intimitat"
2010   TotArt 2010
2010   XII International Visual Arts Award CEC
2002   LUX silver (personal project),AFP (professional photographers association of Spain)
1996   LUX gold (fashion), AFP (professional photographers association of Spain)