Camilo Ontiveros was born in El Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico and lives and works in Los Angeles. He is interested in the transformation of objects and ideas as they move through and across countries, jurisdictions and economies. Ontiveros has developed a practice that mines and unveils the complexities and implications of transnational laws, migration, and exchanges between the United States and Mexico. Ontiveros received an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 and a BA from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. He is co-founder of NOMART, a performance art space on wheels; co-founder of Lui Velazquez, an artist residency program in Tijuana; and co-founder of Imprenta, an alternative space in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. He was the 2010 recipient of the Illy Prize at ARCO Madrid and had work in the 2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art and the 2013 Los Angeles Biennial at the Hummer Museum.
His solo exhibitions include: Camilo Ontiveros: in the Ring, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, United States, 2012; Curtains: a Film in Three Parts, in collaboration with Michelle Dizon, Vargas Museum Project Room, Manila, Philippines, 2010; I Want Your Washing Machine, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, California, United States, 2009; and Untitled (from the series Deportables), Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California, United States, 2008.