Helen Escobedo (1934-2010, Mexico City) was an artist known for her mastery of a range of artistic disciplines including: sculpture, drawing, installation, poetry, design, and architecture, among others. She is also remembered as an important figure in the Mexican cultural landscape for her contributions as director of three major institutions: Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), and Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at UNAM.
Escobedo’s artistic proposition consisted of an exploration of distinct possibilities within sculpture and it’s potentialities, from drawing deployed as strategy, media or documentation, through ephemeral or urban sculptures. Similarly, she was an active figure in land and environmental art movements beginning in the 1970’s.
Among her most known monumental sculptures in Mexico City are Puertas al viento (1968, Ruta de la Amistad); Espacio escultórico (1977-1979, UNAM), which she co-created; and Coatl (1980, Espacio escultórico, UNAM). In 1986 Escobedo was appointed a lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and the Arts of Belgium. She is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship (1991); a Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts fellowship (1999); the Mexican National Prize for Art and Science gold medal in Visual Arts (2009).