ASMA is an artist duo formed by the Ecuadorian artist Matias Armendaris (b. 1990) and the Mexican artist Hanya Belia (b. 1994) based in Mexico City, with an interest in fusing opposites, seeking plurality of understanding. A widening breadth of possible readings supports a de-hierarchization of interpretations, therefore generating a diverse knowledge. The artists focus on developing work produced exclusively through active collaboration, in the way that a Venn diagram illustrates—the collision of two different universes that generates an intersectional area of exchange and syncretism. It emerges in this thin membrane which separates two things, a third living space that integrates them. ASMA inhabits this space actively in the production process, where there is a constant practice of democracy, difference, and mutability.
The duo has exhibited internationally including The Chicago Artist Coalition (USA), Galería Sankovsky (São Paulo),The Gallery-Museum of Lendava (Slovenia), Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito (Ecuador), XIV Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador), Mx Gallery (NY, USA), Diablo Rosso Gallery (Panamá), Galería CURRO (México), Access Gallery (Canadá), Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro (México). They received the Premio Brasil Awards to do a Residency at Pivô Arte e Pesquisa in São Paulo. The duo has participated in various international Art Fairs including ArtLima (Perú), Material Art Fair (México) Zona MACO (México) ArteBA (Argentina), Artissima (Italy) and CHACO (Chile) where they received the Coleccion CASA award to the best booth in the emerging section. They both received an MFA in the Painting and Drawing Department from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a full merit scholarship (The New Artist Scholarship Award). Armendaris holds a BFA in drawing and printmaking from Emily Carr University with both an entrance merit scholarship and The Christopher Foundation Scholarship, and Belia holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the Facultad de Artes y Diseño de la Universidad Autónoma de México (FAD - UNAM). They are recently nominated for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Grants and Commissions Program, 2020. This is ASMA’s first exhibition with Make Room Los Angeles.