Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day. His immersive, site-specific installations stem from that exploration and go beyond by awakening a universal sense of wonder in the viewer.
Dawe’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions at diverse national and international venues, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), Museum Rijswijk (The Netherlands), and the National Centre for Craft and Design (United Kingdom). His work is in the collections of several institutions including the Newark Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth), and the US Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program.
Dawe has lived in Texas since 2008 when he moved to Dallas to pursue an MFA from the University of Texas at Dallas. For the final two years of his degree, he was an artist in residence at CentralTrak, the artist-in-residency program at UTD. In 2018 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dawe’s work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine, the cover of the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals published by McGraw-Hill, and in author Tristan Manco’s book Raw + Material = Art.