Hugo Lopez Ayuso paints imagined spaces of indeterminate scenery that act as an outlet for theatrical exploration where waiters appear engaged in visceral or ludicrous activities. The dramatic use of working liveries articulates a subversion of the normative space that the uniforms virtually deploy, enacting a sort of deviating replication. This ludic simulacrum calls into play traditionally unresolved tensions between jouissance and subsistence, eros and employment, value understood as intensity and the drive for duration or the fight for existence. The motif of the waiter also draws attention to the idea of subalternity relative to the margins of artistic institutional space by recalling the distinction between viewers, visitors and workers within the social framework of events, as well as alluding to current claims about the state of indeterminacy of contemporary art’s spectatorship.

Hugo López Ayuso

Born 1989 in Monforte de Lemos, Spain.

Lives and works in London, UK.


2014-2016 MA Painting, Royal College of Art

2007-2011 BA, University of Vigo


2017- Seeing Whales, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy.

2016-, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK.

2016- RCA Degree Show, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK.

2015- Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Backlit, Nottingham; ICA, London, UK.

2015- Interyouth – The China Academy of Art, Huangzhou, China.

2015- Coma na casa – Pazo de Tor, Monforte de Lemos, Spain.

2014- RCA WIP Show – Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK.

2011- Pruebas de estado y color - Galeria Bacelos, Vigo, Spain

2011- Certamen Novos Valores – Museum of Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain

2010- Utrópicos, Selected Students, XXXI Bienal de Pontevedra – Museum of Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, published by New Contemporarie