about george mead moore

GEORGE MEAD MOORE was born on June 26, 1954 in Morristown, New Jersey, and received his BA degree in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 1976. He has lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1997.

The focus of his drawings, prints and paintings is the natural world: plants, hurricanes, aerial landscapes, and the great apes.

In 1991 Moore had his first solo gallery show at the Anne Plumb Gallery in New York City which received positive reviews in the New Yorker and Art in America. Among his more recent personal exhibitions in Oaxaca are: Café Paraiso and Sea of Green in the Quetzalli Gallery, MONOS Y TIPOS at the Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca, Hilo Conductor at Manuel García Contemporary Art, Luz Púrpura en la Noche in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca in 2013, and Great Ape Sketchbook 2009  at CICCA - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.  

Moore's collaborations with other artists include the Monumental Show in 1981 with artists Keith Haring, Nancy Holt, Kyong Park, TODT, Komar and Melamid and many others, Armageddeon in 1982 with performers including Eric Bogosian, Sonic Youth, and Grandmixer DST. He also co-founded (with Michael Keane) Des Refuses an alternative space in New York (1981- 83). While living in Managua, Nicaragua in 1980´s with his wife, journalist Alice Christov who was working for ABC News, Moore collaborated with artists and writers from El Salvador in the publication of CODICES a Salvadoran cultural review. Upon returning to New York in 1986, Moore organized an exhibition of Central American artists to benefit the Sanctuary Movement which was a religious and political campaign in the United States that began in the early 1980s to provide safe-haven for Central American refugees fleeing civil conflict.

In 1994 Moore co-founded Intercambios Culturales of El Salvador . Intercambios was a non-profit project founded in 1993 by Salvadoran, US and European artists and professionals to contribute to the peace process in post-war El Salvador. Intercambios seeked to develop new cultural, educational and technological links while providing access to new information resources. In 1999 the Intercambios Library was transferred to the Salarrue National Museum of Exhibitions in San Salvador and the technological resources and infrastructure of the center were donated to cultural centers in the countryside.

Moore currently lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2015 Ediciones el Kiosko and Manuel García Arte Contemporáneo published George Mead Moore: Hilo Conductor: Paintings, Drawings and Graphic works: 1982 – 2014 a retrospective exhibition in book form. Hilo Conductor includes over 100 color illustrations and 45 in black and white as well as textual fragments by Moore and other artists and writers including John Constable, Phillip Guston, John Cage, Carolyn Christov Bakargiev, Osvaldo Sanchez, and Fernando Galvez. His drawings and artist books are in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art,  and the Yale University Art Gallery.