Cristina Busto

Artist selected by Vidal, Roberto at 2011
More artist content updated at 2016

It’s not easy to write a statement when we’re constantly changing opinion. What can I possibly say that remains solid, something you say that stays set in words? I even find it a bit scary. I can say that art is very interesting in its application to the practical aspects of life and it ought to expand its role in society beyond the art market.


A recurring theme in my work is the idea of travel as movement, movement as freedom. Images of travelling, the landscapes that flash past our eyes, different readings, thoughts, the ever-changing light that frames the trees against the sky and turns glass into mirrors.


At the moment I’m working with live video and I add shadows (amongst other techniques) as a direct projection. Like everyone else I guess, I’m always asking myself what the point of life is. There are a myriad of possible answers, from there is no point to the undeniable fact that we are creators of shadows, unless there is no light, and luckily the sun rises every day.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I don’t think these things are a choice and yet you have to make this choice every day. Art helps me communicate and I’ve always needed to communicate.


2. How would you define your work?
Plastic research applied to video.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
I’m interested in light as a natural projection, experimental film, traditional animation, visual poetry, the performing arts, psychology, education.


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Drawing is the first step for projecting and also for other key pieces. In general, I use recycled materials to create things and I also use video as a medium. My goal is usually a video piece, either live or recorded.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Everything really. My work is real and can be seen and experienced. It lasts a set time. It’s my reality from the moment I make contact with an idea, from coming up with a concept until I realise it as a piece.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
Everything – creativity can turn a mistake into a success, so it’s always positive. Art has many facets, politics, sociology, psychology, education, looking for alternatives to conventional methods.
It’s also a very important part of leisure and cultural offerings.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I sometimes think there shouldn’t be an audience, art should be something about life, by which I mean that sometimes it’s more interesting to do a workshop than an exhibition.
I like people to enjoy it aesthetically, laugh, psychoanalyse themselves, be in the moment, live for the present in front of them, behind them or around them and feel part of the piece, part of art.
I aim at anyone and everyone who is interested in asking questions and looking for answers.


8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
My first contact with art was at the School of Fine Art in Asturias and then I graduated in fine art at the school in Cuenca, the same year I got my teaching certificate. My time at the school gave me a theoretical grounding and plastic creative experience. I always learn from people around me.
I value the foundations I built for creating my identity within the art world and also outside it.


9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
I’m happy with where I am at the moment. I’m at a new stage, creating live films is really motivating and I’m picking up a lot of new experiences, from self-managed spaces to institutions. I’d like to create stage pieces.


10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
It’s tough making a living from art, but then so is making a living by spending twelve hours behind the wheel every day, for example. The economic downturn has had an impact on my work, at one point in my life all my pieces were recorded at home rather than in a studio. I used objects and spaces in my everyday life in my work and found recycling bins were full of the most innovative materials.


11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I hope they do their job professionally and you can rely on them. They helped make my work move and be seen, they have almost always paid me for it and they’ve behaved very properly. I try to get them to relate more with my work than with me as a person. I’m not interested in galleries – that might just be a thing of mine or maybe because so far they haven’t offered me anything good.


12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
The arts scene in Madrid is highly institutionalised, and the programmes on offer at these institutions are pretty interesting. Just as in any other city, feedback is an important part of the arts scene here.


Curriculum vitae

Cristina Busto Álvarez
Avilés, 1976
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Berlín, Madrid, Asturias.

Formación académica/Education


Licenciada en Bellas Artes por la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca.

Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca.


Exposiciones individuales (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions


Egocentrismo puro, El Hervidero, Gijón. 


Lugares comunes, Casa Municipal de Cultura de Avilés, Asturias. 


Exposiciones colectivas (selección)/Selected group exhibitions

Namber Nain, un proyecto de dibujo contemporáneo, Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.*

¿Qué hace alguien como tú en un sitio como éste?, Centro de Arte la Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.*

Arenas movedizas, Universidad Laboral, Gijón.


Generaciones 08, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.*

El mundo y el pantalón, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.*


Premios de Arte INJUVE, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.*

Diez operaciones, Facultad Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca.

Fresh, Facultad Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca.


Phantasmagoría Fest in Two, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.

Gabinete micromundo, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Móstoles, Madrid.


Play List, HumanJukeBox 2, en colaboración con Lorena Álvarez, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.*

Namber Nain, un proyecto de dibujo contemporáneo, HumanJukeBox 3, en colaboración con Lorena Álvarez, Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.


Programas de vídeo/Film festivals and screenings

Egocentrismo Puro, Al cine, Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Una mirada por delante, Madrid.

¿Estáis listos para la televisión?, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MACBA, Barcelona.

En Piezas, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

Relaciones de poder en el mundo del Arte, Metrópolis, Madrid.

Festival Animadrid, Madrid.


Ciclo de vídeo de la O.N.G. de Caracas, Centro de Arte Moderno de Madrid, Madrid.

Eventos, performances para vídeo e intervenciones sobre performances, ambos dentro del proyecto del colectivo L.H.F.A, Sevilla y Madrid.

Festival Loop, Barcelona.

Festival OPTIKA, Gijón. 



HumanJukeBox 1, en colaboración con Lorena Álvarez, espacio público, Berlín.
Instalación Ciclotropo, Festival Ingràvid, espacio público, Figueres, Girona.



Tehoría de la evolución de las especies, en colaboración con Rodrigo García y Chikita y Chatarra, La Noche en Blanco, Madrid.


Proyectos escénicos/Works for theater

Versus, creación de visuales para Rodrigo García, Teatro Falla, Cádiz.*

Actividades académicas relacionadas/Academic related activities

Espacio mutante, taller de stop-motion para adolescentes, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Móstoles, Madrid.

Hacemos una peli, talleres creativos para campamento urbano, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.


Ilustradiez, semana de la ilustración en artediez, mesa redonda sobre la ilustración y la animación, Escuela de Arte10, Madrid. (Ponente/Speaker).

“Los estilos y el viaje en el tiempo”, n. 12, Cuenca, Ediciones Puré.

Becas y premios/Awards and grants

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón. LABjoven Experimenta; una única dotación para el desarrollo del proyecto.


La Casa Encendida, Madrid. En Piezas. Sección “Anime”.


Obra Social Caja Madrid. Generaciones 08. Mención de Honor. *


InJuve, Madrid. Premio InJuve de Creación Audiovisual.*


Culturaquí, Asturias. Muestra de Artes Plásticas del Principado de Asturias.*




Elalgo viaje, 2010

Egocentrismo puro, 2010

La dulce alienación, 2008

Fallos de racor, 2007