Lives and works in Valencia, Spain.
PhD in Art and Research from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2015. Extraordinary Doctoral Thesis Award in 2018. Graduated in Fine Arts from the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia and in Philosophy from the Universitat de València. During her career as an artist, teacher and researcher in the art field, she also studied Stage Design, a degree she completed in 2013, and since then she has also been involved with different live arts companies (contemporary performance, theatre, dance and circus).
Rocío Garriga is an artist who uses various media, such as installation, sculpture, sound, video or photography. Her professional experience and her philosophical training permeate her artistic practice and her plastic language. She explores hybrid territories related to history, memory and language, and appropriates plastic resources close to cinema, literature and the stage environment. Her work presents other ways of narrating, based on the energy inherent in the presence of the object.
She has been granted scholarships and residency fellowships in several places. Having been granted the Residency Scholarship in Universities / Research Centres of prestige (Universitat Politècnica de Valencia), she carries out in 2019 two residences: one, at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London, UK); and another, at the Centre de Recherche Dynamiques Européennes (Faculté des Sciences Sociales - Université de Strasbourg, France). During 2011 and 2012 she lived in Brighton (UK), working as an artist and guest researcher at the Arts Practices and Performance Research Initiatives of the Centre for Research & Development (Fine Arts Faculty, University of Brighton). In 2010 she worked with the Laboratoire Cultures et Sociétés en Europe (Strasbourg, France). In 2009 she was granted the DKV Grand Tour Scholarship for a two-month artistic residency in New York.
Her work has also received several recognitions: in 2017 she received the First Prize of Sculpture Askatasunarte; in 2016, her work was also awarded in the XVI Contemporary Art Encounters Contest, University Museum of Alicante (MUA). She represented Spain in the BIENNIAL EGC European Glass Context (Denmark). Her work has been shown in exhibitions in Canada, Finland, Puerto Rico, Italy, Belgium... Some of her latest collective exhibitions have been held at the Centre d'Art Tecla Sala (Barcelona, 2019), at the Centro Dados Negros (Ciudad Real, 2019), or at the Museé Basque de Bayonne (France, 2018).
In 2015, her solo exhibition Silent Places. Voiceless Calligraphies was shown at Freijo Gallery in Madrid and in 2017 her work was included in the group exhibition entitled Without Words | With Words at Freijo Gallery.
Her last solo exhibition, entitled The Mirror Rule, took place in 2018 at Freijo Gallery. This work, which dealt with part of the history of the bombing of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939, is part of a much broader project on the history of the zoos that have been bombed from the Second World War to the present day.
Rocío currently combines the development of this project with other artistic approaches that are also part of her line of work. She is a Doctor Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, the city where she resides most of the time and where her studio is located.
In 2020, her work is part of Freijo Gallery's 10th Anniversary virtual exhibition, So far, so close.