About Cekouat León

Cekouat Elim León Peralta (27) is an origami artist based in Mexico City. He has practiced the art and science of paper folding for 16 years, and began designing his own models using single uncut squares of paper in 2013.

Born in a family of artisans, musicians and prehispanic dancers, his childhood was marked by constant trips to the deserts and forests of Mexico, experiences that inspired him to get a bachelor degree in Biology.

Nowadays his origami designs reflect the way he perceives the animals and plants that are around him, and for that purpose he uses a variety of hand-made papers from all over the world.

His work has been exhibited in places like the Franz Mayer Museum (Mexico), the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum of the Missouri Botanical Garden (USA), the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and the Escuela Museo de Origami Zaragoza, EMOZ (Spain).

Trajectory

Exhibitions

BiOrigami. Solo show. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico. November 21, 2023-January 31, 2024.

NATURE. Group show. International online exhibition hosted by Barbagelata Contemporary Art Foundation. Barcelona, Spain. July 30-August 15, 2023.

Origami: del papel a la forma.Group show. Head of the Miahuatlán Municipality, Oaxaca, Mexico. July 28-July 29, 2023.

Orquídeas y colibríes. Solo show. Escuela Museo de Origami Zaragoza (EMOZ), Zaragoza, Spain. July 24-September 17, 2023.

Origami & Naturaleza. Solo show. Casa Colibrí, Parque Ecológico de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico. May 29, 2022.

Orquídeas y sus polinizadores. Group show. Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, Mexico. May 18-23, 2021.

Origami International Exhibition. Group show. Schaumburg Library, Illinois, USA. July 21-23, 2019

1er Expo-Taller de Origami. Group show. Head of the Gustavo Madero Alcaldy, Mexico City, Mexico. July 18-August 23, 2019.

Leafing through History: Plants that make Paper. Group show. Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri, USA. June 14-October 27, 2019.

El arte de las orquídeas. Group show. Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, Mexico. October 10-15, 2015.

Selected lectures & workshops

BiOrigami: Entendiendo la diversidad biológica a través del plegado de papel. Jardín Botánico, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. January 26, 2024.

How shaping paper is shaping my life. Online lecture part of the Behind the Folded Curtain series, a special event of the Community for Creators of Origami. October 14, 2023

Producción de papel amate y pegamento de orquídeas. Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), Mexico City, Mexico. May 11, 2023

Mexican paper: between animals and spirits, tradition and innovation. III Conference for Origami Creators, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. February 10-12, 2023

Insectos de origami. Collaborative workshop. Museo Universitario de Historia Natural, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Mexico State, Mexico. October 22, 2022

Folding Hillstars: a journey of origami hummingbirds. Online lecture for Foldeas: Sharing Ideas through Origami, hosted by Gerardo Gacharná. May 7, 2022

Origami de orquídeas. Recurrent workshops at the orchid shows by the Mexican Orchid Asociation. Casa del Risco Museum and Franz Mayer Museum. 2019-2023

Polinizadores de origami. Recurrent workshops at the orchid shows by the Mexican Orchid Asociation. Casa del Risco Museum and Franz Mayer Museum. 2017-2019.

La revolución del origami. Collaborative lecture. Instituto de Matemáticas (IMATE), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico. April 29, 2017

Origami: ciencia, filosofía y arte para la paz. Beppo Bazar. Puebla, Mexico. November 17, 2015

Awards

Schultes Award by the Society for Ethnobotany for the project "Mexican Traditional Paper: Connecting Past Knowledge with Modern Practices". June, 2023.

Commercial work

Trainer and consultant for Tenjiflora. December, 2023 - Present.

Permanent collections

Brown Center Biocultural collection, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri, USA.

Escuela Museo de Origami Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain.

Education

B. Sc. Biology. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2022.

M. Sc. Biological Sciences. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in progress.