Studio Lenca aka Jose Campos is an artist from El Salvador living and working in the UK.

“I was born in La Paz, El Salvador and like many had to flee the country during its violent civil war during the late 1980’s. I travelled to the US by land, illegally with my mother.  I grew up in San Francisco, California as a queer minority in the gaze of a strictly conservative administration as an undocumented ‘illegal alien’. Ultimately, I found refuge in the UK and became a British Citizen in 2007. This experience of being uprooted serves as a framework for my ideas to be read by others as themes of identity, belonging and oppression are universal.

As a queer member of the Latinx diaspora , my work is focused on ideas surrounding difference, knowledge and visibility. I work with performance, video, painting and sculpture. My work often starts through personal memories, creative activism or underpinned by different forms of praxis. I work under the name of ‘Studio Lenca’ as the language of ‘studio’ refers to a space for experimentation and a place that is constantly shifting. Lenca refers to my ancestors of my native El Salvador.“

Email studiolenca@gmail.com


Jose Campos 
B.1986 La Paz ,El Salvador
Lives and works in the UK

MA Arts & Learning 2019 Goldsmiths University of London 
Art & Design PGCE 2015 Goldsmiths University of London 
MA Contemporary Dance 2013 London Contemporary Dance  School


The Pattern of patience at Marc Straus Gallery NYC

Los Historiantes, Nominated for Prix Pictet

Los Historiantes , Winner of the Open Solo exhibition Photofringe  UK 

Unknown Learning , Northdown Studios 

Peckham Pride Mural Culture Seeds 

Queer’ing the art curriculum lecture University of Arts London 

Mile of String , Horniman Museum London

Los Historiantes , ‘La Horchata’ Publication Washington DC 

Los Historiantes , VIA Arts Prize Embassy of El Salvador 

Peoples Voices for Tony Cokes Goldsmiths Centre for  Contemporary Art 

Los Historiantes Margate NOW Festival

Doing and Undoing St James Gallery, Goldsmiths University

Critical Pedagogy in Contested Spaces Tate Modern 

The Artist Teacher 288 New Cross Rd 

Rural Painting School La Paz El Salvador 

Artist in Residence Under the Same Sun , South London  Gallery 

Kill Kill Kill Parasol Unit Gallery , London 

Navigating dance with my fat body 288 New Cross RD

Passport Please 310 New Cross RD Gallery 

The Wave Trinity Laban 

The Wave National Portrait Gallery 

Local Group Resolutions !, The Place London  

Choreographic Scores at Trisha Brown Barbican  Art Gallery, London 

Visiting Lecturer

New York University “The Latinx Project”

Goldsmiths CCA Assistant curator

Freelands Foundation 

Unknown Learning Northdown studios

University of the Arts London 

Embassy of El Salvador 

VIA Arts Prize

University College London 

University of Leeds 

Trinity Laban