César Ordóñez, photographer and video-artist, develops his activity mainly between Tokyo (his city lab) and Barcelona (his hometown). He uses the universality of visual language as a tool to reflect on today’s world, the beauty of existence and its fragility. Exploring how our thoughts and attitudes influence our environment, and the daily evolution of the societies in which we live, and vice versa. With a vital, intimate and often introspective style, his works move between the reality and the metaphor, between the lived moments and the dreamed ones.

His career as an author began in the late 80's in Barcelona, and he fully resume it from 2007 (when he created "Ashimoto", his first “Tokyoite” project) after a parenthesis of more than 15 years, during which he prioritizes his professional activity as a photographer in the fields of portraiture, fashion and advertising, and the associative work within the photographic world.

He has exhibited in more than 12 countries, among them: Spain, Mexico, France, Italy, Russia, Germany and Japan. He holds more than 15 solo exhibitions, more than 50 group ones and numerous art fairs. Since 2012 it highlights his participation in Tokyo-Ga.org, an extensive project about the Japanese capital, which brings together 100 international photographers. His works are part of important art collections such as: Fundació Foto Colectania (Barcelona, Spain), Auer Photo Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and Unicaja Foundation (Malaga, Spain), and several private collections in Spain, France, Switzerland, Russia and Mexico. His best-known book is Tokyo Blur.


Solo exhibitions (selection) 

2018   WE ARE NOT ISLANDS,  Fiftydots Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2018   TOKYO INTIM,  Galeria Agüí, Andorra la vella (Andorra)
2017   TOKYO INTIMO,  LPBC, Barcelona (Spain)
2014   TOKYO BLUR,  Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   LA INTIMIDAD,  Mondo Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2012   TOKYO INTIMO,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
2011   LA INTIMIDAD,  Sala Enart, Lleida (Spain)
2011   ASHIMOTO,  Mediadvanced Galería, Gijón (Spain)
2011   TOKYO,  Rita Castellote Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2010   KAGAMI, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Emergent 08 Festival, Lleida (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, SCAN 08 Festival, Tarragona (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2005   NIPPON NO ASHI, Calpe Fotos Galería, Calpe, Alicante (Spain)
1999   JAPONESES, In2 Japan Festival, CCCB (Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona), Barcelona (Spain)

Group exhibitions (selection) 

2018   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, Museo Cándido Bidó, Bonao (REPÚBLICA  DOMINICANA) until 13 January, 2019
2018   Tokyo Blur. Tokyo Curiosity, 4th City Hall in Le Marais, Paris (FRANCE) until 17 November, 2018
2018   Tokyo Blur. Un cierto Panorama, Centro Cultural de España, Lima (PERU)
2018   Tokyo Blur. Voies Off Festival,  Fiftydots Gallery,  Arles (FRANCE)
2018   Tokyo Blur. 48 Stunden Neuköln Festival,  FK-Gallery, Berlin (GERMANY)
2018   Tadaima.  Revela't Festival,  Fiftydots Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2018   Ashimoto.  Shibuya - Tokyo Curiosity, Tokyo-Ga 2018-2020, Hikarie, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2017   Tokyo Blur.  Un cierto Panorama (reciente fotografía de autor en España), CAF, Almeria (Spain)
2017   Ashimoto.  Cara a cara, Fotocolectania, Museu da Imagem, Braga (Portugal)
2017   Tokyo Blur.  Un cierto Panorama (reciente fotografía de autor en España), sala Canal Isabel II, Madrid (Spain)
2016   Ashimoto.  Maridajes XVIII: Tipologías, Fotocolectania, Bodegas Roda, Haro, La Rioja (Spain)
2016   Silencis.  Mirades BCN, Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (Spain)
2015   Tokyo Blur.  Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival 2015, Kobe (JAPAN)
2015   Tokyo Blur.  Korekara Japón, Mitte, Barcelona (Spain)
2014   Kagami.  Intimidad Extimidad, Galeria Juan Naranjo, Barcelona (Spain)
2014   Tokyo Blur.  La Librairie Imaginaire (Tokyo-Ga), Galerie T, Paris (France)
2014   Tokyo Blur Gallery Weekend México, Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
2014   La intimidad.  Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul (South Korea)
2014   Tokyo Blur.   Korekara Japón (dual year Spain-Japan), Mitte, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.  Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Songwon Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)
2013   Ashimoto.  Tokyo-Ga 4 forest among us,  Gakushuin University, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2013   Tokyo dancers. Shooting Life, Galeria Hartmann_La Santa (Circuit 2013), Barcelona (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.  Videoakt 03, International Videoart Biennial, French Institut Auditorium, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.   4colors, The square of Arts, St. Petersburg (Russia)
2013   Kagami.  XIV Unicaja Biennial Photo Award, Museum Joaquín Peinado, Ronda, Málaga (Spain)
2013   La intimidad.  Tres projectes. Fotografia,  Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   Kagami.  XIV International Visual Arts Contest CEC, Sta. Catalina Castle, Cadiz (Spain)
2012   After the rain. WeArt Festival, Barcelona (Spain)
2012   La intimidad.   Entre Ville et paysage,  Galerie Detaille, Marsella (France)
2012   Kagami.  XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded work, Sala Siglo, Málaga (Spain)
2011   Seijin no hi.  An image for a life - Orphan AID, Raina Lupa gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2011   Kagami.  BAC Festival 2011, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2011   Saint Petersburg Photo Vernissage 2011,  Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg (Russia)
2011   Kagami.  TotArt 2010,  City hall of Picanya, Valencia (Spain)
2011   La intimidad.  Difracción,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
2011   La intimidad.  On quan qui?,  Valid Foto Galería, Barcelona (Spain)
2010   Kagami.  XII International Visual Arts Contest CEC,  Sta. Catalina Castle, Cadiz (Spain)
2010   KagamiLoop Videoart Festival, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2009   KagamiVideo Art from Spain: Hybrid Generations, UCCA (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art),  Beijing (China)
2010   KagamiLoop Videoart Festival, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2008   The Past.  Fish& Foto, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2005   The Pyramide Exhibition, Sonimag, Barcelona (Spain)
2003   Sol y Sombra,  10th anniversary of twinning between Kobe and Barcelona, Hotel Majestic, Barcelona (Spain)


2018   Fotofever,  Fiftydots Gallery, Paris (France)
2018   MIA Photo Fair,  Fiftydots Gallery, Milan (Italy)
2017   Utopia Markets Photo,  Barcelona (Spain)

2016   Utopia Photo Market,  Barcelona
2015   Maco Foto,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

2015   Offprint London 2015, Multiplos, Tate Modern (Turbine Hall), London (UK)
2015   Arts LIbris, The Folio Club, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   Room Art Fair,  Mondo Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2013   Swab Art Fair,  GalerÍa Atelier, Barcelona(Spain)
2012   VIP ART FairPatricia Conde Galería, New York (USA)
2012   Lima Photo 2012Patricia Conde Galería, Lima (Peru)
2011   Madridfoto 2011,  Galeria Rita Castellote, Madrid (Spain)
2009   Madridfoto 2009,  Photolounge.eu, Madrid (Spain)

Works in art collections

Private collections in Spain, France, Switzerland, Russia and Mexico

Books & publications (selection) 

2018   Barcelona Fotos Prohibidas, several autors, La Fábrica
2017   Un Cierto Panorama (Reciente fotografía de autor en España), several autors, Comunidad de Madrid (Spain)
2015   Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, several autors, Utakatado Publishing (Japan)
2015   Time Out Tokyo, article and interview, magazine nº 7 (Japan)
2014   TOKYO BLUR, selfpublished
2013   BARCELONA, several autors, La Fábrica (Spain)
2013   XIV Premio Unicaja de Fotografía, several autors, Fundación Unicaja (Spain)
2009   LUX 2008, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2008   LUX 2007, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2006   LUX 2005, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2006   The pyramide exhibition, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2005   LUX 2004, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2002   Evophat, several autors, Indexbook (Spain)
2001   Nudi contemporanei, several autors, (Italia)
2000   Frente al desnudo femenino, several autors, Editorial Udyat (Spain)

Awards & grants (selection) 

2013   Grant of research and creation 2013, CoNCA. Granted project: "Tokyo. Un projecte continu"
2012   XIV International Visual Arts Award CEC
2012   Descubrimientos PHE 2012
2011   XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded and acquired work
2010   Grant of research and creation 2013, CoNCA. Granted project: "La intimitat"
2010   TotArt 2010
2010   XII International Visual Arts Award CEC
2002   LUX silver (personal project),AFP (professional photographers association of Spain)
1996   LUX gold (fashion), AFP (professional photographers association of Spain)