Bubi Canal (b. 1980, Santander, Spain) is a New York-based artist whose photography, video art, and sculpture playfully addresses ideas around hybrid mythology, identity and personal history. After earning a BFA at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, he went on to study at the Complutense University of Madrid (with a SICUE/Seneca grant), before moving to New York in 2011. Canal’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions worldwide, including the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; Digitaliseum in Malmö, Sweden; and Munch Gallery in New York. He has also shown work in numerous group exhibitions, in venues including the Galicia Contemporary Art Center in Spain, Aperture Foundation in New York, New Art Projects in London, and Benaki Museum in Athens. In addition, his video art has been screened at Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin; and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. 

Canal’s work was featured on the cover of The British Journal of Photography. He was selected for the 2016 issue of Foam Talent, and included in the Foam Talent group exhibitions at Red Hook Labs in New York City and Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall in London. He is a contributor to The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and won the Photography Gold Medal at the SPD Awards for work he contributed to New York Magazine. He is the author of photobooks including Dreamtime, published by Actividad Contemporánea, and Manual, published by RV.Papers. Canal is currently an artist-in-residence at Silver Art Projects, an organization that supports artists by providing a yearlong studio space in New York.

2005 BFA, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
2004 SICUE-Seneca, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Selected Solo Shows 
2019 Into the Gloaming, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2016 Hologram, Digitaliseum, Malmö, Sweden
2015 Magic Garden, Munch Gallery, New York
2013 Special Moment, Munch Gallery, New York
2011 Supercolor, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Santander
2010 Supercolor, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid

Selected Group Shows
2020 New Horizons, Digitaliseum, Malmö, Sweden
2020 Arqueo, Videocreación, Cine Los Angeles, Santander
2019 Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens
2019 Featured Artists, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati
2018 On The Wall, Arts+Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin
2018 In·spire, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York
2018 Identidad y Máscara, La Encartada Museoa, Balmaseda, Bizkaia 
2018 Bizkaia Pride, Sala de exposiciones Juntas Generales de Bizkaia, Bilbao
2017 Still Searching, The Benaki Museum, Athens
2017 Foam TALENT, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London
2017 Mujhéroes, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México
2017 Foam TALENT, Red Hook Labs, New York
2016 Photography is Magic, Aperture Foundation, New York
2016 Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
2016 Erik Hanson ‘Two years of looking’, New Art Projects, London
2016 Rituals and Performance, Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria 
2016 Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens 
2015 Nonobjective, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas
2015 Interface, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York
2015 Art After Dark, AMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington
2015 H30/003 The Drift, Three Rivers, Pittsburgh 
2015 Art Up!, Samuel Maenhoudt Gallery, Lille, France
2014 Unseen Photo Fair, Galería Tagomago, Amsterdam 
2014 P2P, PHoto España 2014, Fernán Gómez, Madrid
2014 Turismo Efímero, Centro Cultural Pachano Lalama, Ambato, Ecuador
2014 Bubi Canal for Spain Fresh, Bowery, New York
2014 Turismo Efímero, ADDAYA, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Mallorca 
2013 Trust In Me, Field Projects Gallery, New York
2013 Video Dumbo, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, New York
2013 Turismo Efímero, Galería Anomalía, México D.F
2013 Illustrative Berlin, Direktorenhaus Gallery, Berlin
2013 Don't Look at My Camera, Museu da Image, Braga, Portugal
2013 Last Night, Jugada a tres bandas, Galería 6mas1, Madrid
2012 Psychopomp, Munch Gallery, New York
2012 Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2012 It’s a Small, Small World, Family Business Gallery, New York
2012 Dandi, Jugada a 3 bandas, Mad is Mad, Madrid
2012 Fonlad, Galería Santa Clara, Coimbra, Portugal
2011 Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2011 Skeletor Saves, Headquarters Studios, New York
2011 Proyecto Género 4, Espace Ample, Barcelona
2011 BYOB Bring Your Own Beamer, Matadero, Madrid
2011 La música es la respuesta a tus problemas, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid
2010 Arte Lisboa, Del Sol St Art Gallery, Lisboa
2010 Videomusichat Generation, Espace Ample, Barcelona
2010 MutaVideo, MID_E Studio, Arteleku, San Sebastián 
2010 Arte Santander, Del Sol St Art Gallery, Santander
2010 Óptica Festival, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
2010 El Tiempo Encapsulado, BAC, H2O Gallery, Barcelona
2009 Del Sol St Art Gallery, Hot Art Fair, Basel
2009 MEM, Issue Project Room, New York
2008 Bahía Común, Palacio de exposiciones, Santander
2008 Showroom, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid
2007 Cuestión Xeneracional, Galicia Contemporary Art Center, Santiago de Compostela

Awards and Scholarships
2021 Silver Art Projects, Artist Residency, New York
2021 1854 Fast Track, The British Journal of Photography, London
2020 Photography Gold Medal, New York Magazine, SPD Awards, New York
2019 Spain Arts & Culture, Washington DC
2019 Nominated Prix Pictet, Hope, London
2016 Foam TALENT, Amsterdam
2011  Archivo de Creadores de Madrid, Matadero, Madrid
2011  Visual Arts Fellowship, Government of Cantabria, Santander
2009 Óptica Award, Best Gallery Video, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Madrid
2004 SICUE-Seneca, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Artist Talks and Workshop
2021  Howl High arts educational program, Howl! Happening, New York
2020 Color: Material + Light, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts
2020 Learning Lab, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Yerevan, Armenia
2020 MasterClass, Cesine University, Santander, Spain
2020 Artist talk, Two Pages Project, London 
2019 Chat with Bubi Canal, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2019 Lecture Series, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
2018 Bubi Canal Workshop, Wix Design Playground, New York 
2018 Diálogos de artistas en español, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York
2017 Docent tour for Parsons students at Foam Talent, Red Hook Labs, New York
2016 Artist talk, Digitaliseum, Malmö, Sweden
2016 Foam Talent Panel Discussion, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
2015 Interface Artist Walk-Through, Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York
2012 Bubi Canal Workshop, ICI Independent Curators International, New York
2012 PopRally presents CHERYL, Collaboration with CHERYL, MoMA, New York
2012 Creators of Matadero, Matadero, Madrid

2019 Hope, Prix Pictet 08, teNeues
2017 American ABCD, Paripe Books
2016 Bubi Canal by Jorge Clar, Pupa Press
2014 Dreamtime, ACDOS Actividad Contemporánea
2013 Manual, RV.Papers
2010 Canal, RV.Papers