Mónica Mays, b.Madrid, based in Amsterdam






MA Studio for Immediate Spaces, Sandberg Instituut NL (2015-2017)

BFA Cum Laude, HEAR / École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs FR (2011-15)


Selected Exhibitions and Performances


2021 Al Revés, Art Nueve, ES current

2021 Open Studio, CRA Matadero, ES

2021 Silencio oscuro de los Grandes Troncos, Sala Amadís, ES current

2021 Bucolic Gang, Rupert, St. Virgin Maria’s Church, LT

2021 A Green Jade Lake, Centro Centro, ES current

2021 Forest & Shade, Itinerancias Premio de Arte Joven C&L Museo de Palencia / Museo de Segovia, ES 

2021 Unrooted Flying Objects, Cosmos Carl, online 

2021 Appendix Songs, Punt WG, Amsterdam, NL 

2021 Sand Shine, Aparador Monteleón, ES


2020 Fabulous Fables, World Cups, Itinerancia Premios de Arte Joven C&L, Museo de Zamora / Museo de León / Sala Unamuno / Palacio Butrón, ES

2020 Bucolic Gang, I’m Not Your Territory, We Are My Only Character, Atelier Chiffonnier, Dijon, FR

2020 Unsayings, duo with María Nolla Mateos, Industra Gallery, Brno, CZ

2020 Homies Prayers, Come Together V, Frascati Theater, Amsterdam, NL

2020 Mesetas, Un gesto que permanece, Salón, Madrid, ES


2019 Dactyle Dates, hypnoquinomagia, with  Microlima and DAF, Combo, Venice, IT

2019 World Cups, Soft Landings Editions, Dutch Design Week, TAC, Eindhoven, NL 

2019 Homies, & Homies Prayers, Corridor PS, Amsterdam, NL

2019 Forest & Shade, City Circles, wemakethecity, Wow, Amsterdam, NL

2019 Angels 0.0, Kunst Rai 35, Amsterdam, NL


2018 Fab Fables, World Cups, performance, Museum Nacht, Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Amsterdam, NL

2018 Fab Fables, World Cups, Shifting Class, Gsus headquarters, Amsterdam, NL

2018 Auricula Garden, Open Tuinen Dag / Music for Plants (ii), with Tom K Kemp, Christ Church, Amsterdam, NL

2018 w.i.l.l.i.a.m., Bologna.cc, Amsterdam, NL

2018 in between short lines (clap, splash, boing), performance, Breathe in, breath out, Neverneverland, Amsterdam, NL


2017 An(d)other scenography, No zero No two, SNDO, Academie voor Theater en Dans, Amsterdam, NL

2017 Vocabularies of Conjuncture, performance, Isola 3000, ISO, Amsterdam Art Weekend, Amsterdam, NL

2017 Empathetic Contamination, performance, Amsterdam Dance Event, De School, Amsterdam, NL 

2017 Art-Cure. Activating the Potential, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, NL

2017 NEW TOWN, Metro Station Noord, Amsterdam, NL


2016 Modern Body Festival, De Nieuwe Regentes Theater, Den Haag, NL

2016 Instant Composition, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerpen, BE

2016 Bienal Arte Contemporaneo Emergente, Eve-Maria Zimmerman, Tenerife, ES

2016 Photo Book Madrid, Reina Sofia Museum Library, Madrid, ES

2016 paranymph (slush puppies), De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL

2016 ooo.ooo, A Place Beyond Desire, Rietveld Pavilion, Amsterdam, NL


Workshops, talks, teaching


2021 Talk Homies, Centro Centro, ES

2021 Talk Home, with Federico Campagna (online)

2021 Workshop Alternative Education Program, Rupert, LT

2021 Talk, Institute of Postnatural Studies Seminar (online)

2020 Bucolic Gang, Rupert Reading Session, Vilnius, LT

2019 Student Advisor, School of New Dance Development, Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam, NL

2019 Workshop conservation_restauration, Souterrain 14, Amsterdam, NL

2018 Workshop Mapping the Auricular, The Auricula Garden, Amsterdam, NL

2017 Student Advisor, School of New Dance Development, Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam, NL

2017 Workshop Vocabularies of Conjuncture, ISO, Amsterdam, NL

2017 Talk, SIS Sandberg Instituut & ISO, Amsterdam, NL




2022 DOGO , Lichtenstein, CH forthcoming

2021 Matadero , Madrid, ES current

2021 Landescape , Sicily, IT

2021 Bilbao Arte, Basque Country, ES

2020 Rupert, Vilnius, LT

2018 – 19 WOW, Amsterdam, NL

2016 Material Gesture, with Anne Holtrop, Gujarat, IN


Awards and Grants


2021 Generación 2022, Fundación Montemadrid

2021 Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst

2021 Bilbao Arte

2020 Young Talent Sculpture Prize Castilla y León

2019 Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst


Press, publications


2021 Un viaje a las entrañas de la temporalidad y la circularidad, La Verdad (article)

2021 Verde que te quiero verde, El Cultural (article)

2021 Romance Utopia, ed. Romy Day Winkel (publication)

2021 Compost Reader, Cthulhu Books (publication)

2021 Bucolic Gang, Art Viewer, Tzvetnik, KubaParis, Ofluxo, EchoGoneWrong, AQNB, Art News (features)

2021 Más madera y joven en los espacios de Madrid, El Cultural (article)

2020 El musgo como obra de arte: residencias confinadas, Babelia, El País (article)

2020 Bucolic Gang, Ofluxo (feature)

2020 TEMOIN, ed. /43 Amalia Laurent and Heloise Colrat (publication)

2020 Unsayings, Ofluxo (feature)

2020 Footnotes on Aesopica, in response to exhibition Aesopica by Rūta Junevičiūtė, at National Gallery of Art, Vilnius (text)

2020 Movement Exposed, Lucia Fernandez Santoro (article)

2020 Immediate Spaces 16–19, edited by Leopold Banchini and Malissa Cañez Sabus

2020 Un Gesto que permanece, Tzvetnik & AQNB (features)

2020 Un gesto que permanece, Finding Art Madrid (interview)

2020 Siete años de un salón, New York Times Magazine: Spain (feature)

2019 Premio de Arte Joven Castilla y León (catalogue)

2019 Homies, Tzvetnik, Contemporary Ruins (features)

2019 Text by Bruno Alves de Almeida

2019 Party of the Day, Het Parool, Hans van den Beek (article)

2019 Kunst Rai 2019, Kunstblijfteenraadsel (article)

2018 Women, resistance, memory and some things hidden, The Female Perspective (publication)

2018 Open Sandberg w/ Sandberg Instituut (publication)

2017 the times they are a’changing, Najiba Brakkee, Trendbeheer (article)

2017 The Title of the Work (publication)

2017 MORF FROM FORM FROM MORF (visual essay),  Koos Breen

2017 NEW TOWN (publication)

2017 A Growing Book, Cure Park & Taak (publication)

2016 paranymph (slush puppies) w/ Ivan Cheng & SIS (publication)

2015 Bucolic Gang vol1 & vol2, Biblioteca-Centro de Documentación del Museo Reina Sofía (publication)






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