Coco Guzmán

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Coco Guzmán
Born1979 (age 43–44)
EducationÉcole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse, Université de Paris VIII, Universidad de Murcia
Occupation(s)Visual Artist, Author, Professor
Employer(s)Seneca College, Lakehead University
Known forQueer Activism, Social Justice Activism
Awards2015 Artscape Award in the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON [1]

Coco Guzmán, known also as Coco Riot (born 1979) is a queer visual artist from Murcia, Spain, who is internationally known for their activism and artistic exploration of gender equality and feminist issues.[2]

Guzmán was born in a small city in Southern Spain and grew up in a family of scientists. At 19, Guzman moved to France for higher education and became involved in feminist, queer, and anarchist movements in Europe.[3] After obtaining a Master of Arts in Comparative Medieval Literature[4][5] at Paris VIII University in 2003, Guzman began exploring the queer graphic novel as an artistic medium.[6] Guzmán was accepted to the Toulouse Fine Arts Academy, to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts.[7][5] In 2008, Guzman moved to Montreal (Canada), where they worked at articule. Guzman later moved to Toronto and taught at Seneca College and Lakehead University.[8] Guzman currently lives in Madrid, Spain.


  • Genderpoo (2008)[9][10]
  • Los Fantasmas/The Ghosts (2015)[8][10][7]
  • The Demonstration (2016)[11]
  • Paraiso/Paradise premiere: Manif d'Art 8, International Quebec City Biennial, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada [curated group exhibition] (2017)[5][12]


  • Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women's Resilience (2017)[13][14][2][15]
  • Llueven Queers[10]
  • Artistic citizenship:Queer and Trans People of Color Community Arts Collective: Ste- Émilie Skillshare, A New Letter Named Square [16]


  1. ^ "Artist Wins Residency as Part of 2015 TOAE Prize". Artscape. 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Graphic novel sparks Ontario-wide conversation about violence against women". OCASI.
  3. ^ "Meet Coco Guzman, Winner of the 2015 Artscape Award @ TOAE". Archived from the original on 2020-01-06.
  4. ^ "Coco Riot". Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM).
  5. ^ a b c "Manif d'Art 8, the Quebec City Biennial". Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  6. ^ Johnson, Kjerstin (18 January 2012). "Sm{art}: The Colors of Coco Riot". Bitch Media.
  7. ^ a b "Los Fantasmas / Coco Guzman". Forest City Gallery. January 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Coco Guzman – Los Fantasmas / The Ghosts". Eastern Edge Gallery. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ Morgan-Feir, Caoimhe (2 August 2016). "Does the 21st-Century Museum Include Gender-Neutral Washrooms?". Canadian Art. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Horel, Julia (4 February 2014). "Letters Lived Contributor: Coco Guzman". Shameless Mag.
  11. ^ Widge (14 October 2016). "Coco Guzman's The Demonstration installation reveals vulnerability of protest movements". I Dream of Billboards Burning. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  12. ^ Desloges, Josianne (16 February 2017). "Bordée d'art sur Québec". La Presse. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  13. ^ vanKampen, Stephanie (3 March 2017). "Graphic novel puts spotlight on violence against immigrant women". CBC.
  14. ^ Paradkar, Shree (2 March 2017). "After pain from abuse comes loneliness: Paradkar". Toronto Star.
  15. ^ da Silva, Michelle (1 March 2017). "Graphic novel aims to spark dialogue on sexual violence in newcomer communities". Now Toronto.
  16. ^ Elliott, David; Silverman, Marissa; Bowman, Wayne, eds. (2016). Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199393756.