Sergio Garval was born in 1968 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. As a child he enjoyed playing with pencils and colors; the world of artistic expression and introspection was a natural part of his childhood. He began to paint with oils at 11, and was completely self-taught. In 1987 he entered the University of Guadalajara to study art; he graduated in 1992, having already shown his work in several collective exhibits. He continued his studies with different Masters in Mexico and spent the summer of 1989 in residence at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since then, his work has been shown in 150 different exhibits, individual and collective, in the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Brazil, S. Korea, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Chile, Romania, and in many museums and galleries in Mexico. He has received recognition and prizes in graphic art, painting, drawing, and sculpture in Mexico. He has been awarded various scholarships in Mexico, including from the National Fund for Culture and Arts, 2003-4 and 2007-10.
"Over time, I find that the human condition is at the center of my work, and I usually show the existential obsessions of our time. I manipulate the absurdities, contradictions, and reflections that form part of our nature.”
• 1994 Jalisco State Council for Culture and the Arts

• 1995 Jalisco State Council for Culture and the Arts

2003 CONACULTA-FONCA Young Artists

2004 CONACULTA-FONCA Young Artists

2007 CONACULTA-FONCA National System of Artists

2008 CONACULTA-FONCA National System of Artists

2009 CONACULTA-FONCA National System of Artists

2010 CONACULTA-FONCA National System of Artists

2012 National System of Art Creators,Conaculta-Fonca,Ozymandias Project

2013 National System of Art Creators,Conaculta-Fonca,Ozymandias Project

2014 National System of Art Creators,Conaculta-Fonca,Ozymandias Project

2015 National System of Art Creators,Conaculta-Fonca,Ozymandias Project

1993 Second Place, Painting, El Caballo Competition, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1994 Sculpture Acquisition Prize, Second El Caballo Sculpture Competition, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1994 Painting Acquisition Prize, Second El Caballo Painting Competition, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1994 Honorable Mention, Painting, Salon de Octubre, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1994 Second Place, Print, Salon de Octubre, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1994 Second Place, Drawing, Salon de Octubre, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1995 First Place, Drawing, Salon de Octubre, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1998 Honorable Mention, Sculpture, OMNILIFE Grand Prize Salon, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1998 First Prize, Painting Acquisition, OMNILIFE Grand Prize Salon, Guadalajara, Jalisco

2001 Print Acquisition Prize, OMNILIFE Grand Prize Salon, Guadalajara, Jalisco

2002 Print Acquisition Prize, Jose Guadalupe Posadas National Competition, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes

2002 Print Acquisition Prize, X Diego Rivera Print and Drawing Biennial, Guanajuato, Guanajuato

2003 “Presea Alfredo Zalce” – Fourth Alfredo Zalce Biennial of Prints and Paintings, Morelia, Michoacán

2003 Honorable Mention, XI José Guadalupe Posadas National Print Competition, AguascalientesAguascalientes

2004 Acquisition Prize, Premio Guadalajara 2004, Guadalajara, Jalisco

2004 Print Acquisition Prize, XI Diego Rivera Print and Drawing Biennial, Guanajuato, Guanajuato

2006 First Acquisition Prize, Drawing, First Rafael Cauduro Drawing Biennial of the Americas, Tijuana, Baja California