installation

Dario Escobar/ Darío Escobar

Guatemala 1971

Installation, Sculpture, Conceptual Art

www.darioescobar.com

Dario Escobar
Darío Escobar
Male
Guatemala
1971
March 15, 2015
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Darío Escobar is a well-known Guatemalan conceptual artist born in 1971 in Guatemala City. His work is characterized by the investigation of formal and conceptual aspects of objects and their function in visual arts. He famously uses common and mass-produced materials in conjunction with traditional Guatemalan artisanal techniques and mythological references. Escobar graduated from Rafael Landívar University and studied visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas “Rafael Rodríguez Padilla” in Guatemala City.

His work often combines the present and the past in interesting confrontations. Escobar looks for ways to show how the artistic experience of Guatemala’s history and its religious symbols are related to or overlap with the visual culture of today. Skateboards, ping-pong rackets, and baseball bats are covered with silver to look like religious reliquaries. Rubber bicycle tires snake across long spaces referencing a pre-Hispanic mythological creature. Soccer balls are a frequent material in his body of work – a familiar object altered. These conglomerations, repurposed and reconfigured, make people look at mass produced objects anew.

Escobar has been included in many solo and group shows worldwide, including Guatemala City, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Sydney, Paris, Toronto and Caracas. He participated at various Biennales such as the 10 th Havana Biennale, and the 53 rd Venice Biennale in 2009, where the artist represented Latin America. His work also features in numerous collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), the Daros Collection in Zurich, Switzerland, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundacion and the Colección JUMEX in Mexico, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina, among others.

Escobar lives and works in Guatemala City.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/group
2015Beleza (upcoming)Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil group
20155 - RPM (Revoluciones por minuto)the 9 99 gallery, Guatemala city, Guatemala group
2014Unions & IntersectionsNils Staerk Gallery, Copenhaguen, Denmark solo
2014Broken CircleCAFAM Museum, Los Angeles, California solo
2014Largo x Ancho x Alto, Height x Width x Depththe 9 99 gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemalagroup
2014El dia que nos hicimos contemporaneosMADC - Museo de arte y diseno, San Jose, Costa Ricagroup
2014GoldBass Museum of Art, Miami, Floridagroup
2014Futbol: the beautiful gameLACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California group
2013Pintura abstracta No. 7, Abstract Painting No. 7Gonzalez & Gonzalez, Santiago de Chile solo
2013Dario Escobarkamel mennour Galerie, Paris solo
2013Dario Escobar, Blacksmith PaintingsJosee Bienvenu Gallery, New York solo
2013Dario Escobar, Linea & EspacioArteCentro, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala solo
2013Confusion in the vault, A selection for Jumex CollectionMuseo Jumex, Mexico D F group
2013Inaugural Exhibitionthe Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio group
2013California-Pacific TriennialOCMA - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Californiagroup
2013y... entonces, and... Sothe 9 99, Guatemala City, Guatemala group
2013The Collaborative: Question in the lineMOLAA - Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California group
2012Dario Escobar, La experiencia del objetoMAC - Museo de arte Contemporaneo de Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Chile solo
2012Dario Escobar: Singular, PluralSCAD - Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgiasolo
2012Dario Escobar, trabajo recienteBaro Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brasil solo
2012The Island, A game of lifeGallery One, Manarat al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi group
2012Play with meMOLAA - Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California group
2011Dario Escobar, RevisionMuseo Nacional de Arte Moderno Carlos Merida, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala solo
2011Now, Seleccion de obras de La Coleccion JumexInstituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico group
2011Video otra vezMuseo de Arte Contemporaneo de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brasil group
2011Proyecto idealCentro Cultural de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil group
2011From the Recent Past: New AcquisitionsMOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California group
2010Side and BackKamel Mennour Galerie, Paris solo
2010Anverso y ReversoGonzalez y Gonzalez, Santiago de Chile, Chile solo
2010Chapter II: Ruido9 99, proyecto, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala group
2010Proyecto IdealMAC - Museo de arte Contemporaneo de Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Chile group
2010Optimismo RadicalJosee Bienvenu Gallery, Nueva York group
2010XVII Bienal de GuatemalaCCM - Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala group
2010Efecto DraculaMuseo Universitario del CHOPO, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico group
2010Social Affects: A selection from the permanent Collection of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin America Studies, Hardvard UniversityBoston Center for the arts, Mills Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts group
2010Four Views from the Permanent Collection exhibitionMOLAA - Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California group
2009Los impoliticosPAN - Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Napoles, Italia group
200910 Springs in the fallKamel Mennour Gallery, Paris group
2009PeriferiksCAN - Centre d’art Neuchatel, Nuchatel, Suiza group
2009Mundus Novus: 53 Bienal Internacional de VeneciaArtiglerie dell’Arsenale, Venecia, Italia group
20090.3333333333333333…9 99, proyecto, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala group
2009La nada y el serSeptima interpretacion de La Coleccion Jumex, La Coleccion Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico D.F. group
2009Video otra vezMetales Pesados, Santiago de Chile, Chile group
2009Performing LocalitiesINIVA - Institute of International Visual Arts, Londres group
2009Decima Bienal de La HabanaFortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, La Habana, Cuba group
2008PlayoffsJosee Bienvenu Gallery, Nueva York solo
2008La invencion de lo cotidianoMUNAL - Museo Nacional de Arte, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico group
2008Object of ValueMAC-MAM - Miami Art Central, Miami, Florida group
2008PlaytimeBetonsalon, Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris group
2008World HistoriesDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa group
2008Visions From AbroadFlushing Town Hall, Nueva York group
2008Elefante negroMuseo Diego Rivera, Ciudad Mexico, Mexico group
2007La Linea InterrumpidaCCM - Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala solo
2007Dario Escobar, Project roomRotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, Nueva York solo
2007Fortunate ObjectCIFO - Cisneros Fontanalls Art Foundations, Miami, Florida group
2007Silence & EchoArena 1, Santa Monica, California group
2007The Hours: Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin AmericaMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia group
2007Poetics of the HandmadeThe Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, California group
2006Objetos en TransitoSala Gasco, Santiago de Chile, Chile solo
2006El esquiador en el fondo del pozoQuinta interpretacion de La Coleccion Jumex, La Coleccion Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico D.F. group
2006Stil BiutiCentro de Arte Contemporaneo Zamek Ujazdowski, Varsovia, Polonia group
2006The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and FutbolBAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, Nueva York group
2006Constant DisturbanceThe Spanish Cultural Center, Miami, Florida group
2005SerpentarioCCEG - Centro Cultural de Espana Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala solo
2005The Hours. Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin AmericaDublin Museum, Irlanda, Reino Unido group
2005Living for the cityJack Shainman Gallery, Nueva Yorkgroup
2004OutGaleria Jacobo Karpio, Miami, Florida solo
2004NewpapersJosee Bienvenu Gallery, Nueva York group
2003Espacios provisionalesMADC - Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica solo
2003Visual EntertainmentsMuseo de Arte Moderno de Merida, Merida, Mexico solo
2003IntangibleMADC - Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica group
2003LA Freeways: Latin AmericaMOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Californiagroup
2003RAIN ProjectPabellon Cuba, La Habana, Cuba group
2003StretchThe Power Plant, Toronto, Canada group
2003TransEATFood Culture Museum, Miami, Florida group
2003VIII Bienal de la HabanaCentro Wifredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba group
2002ARTitsmoMADC - Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica group
2002ContaminadosMADC - Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica group
2002Del centro a la islaCasa de las Americas, La Habana, Cuba group
2002Intimate, UniversalAteneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela group
2002Mesoamerica: Oscilaciones y ArtificiosCAAM - Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Islas Canarias, Espana group
2002Zones in Tensionde GANG Gallery, Harlem, Paises Bajos group
2001Dario Escobar, Trabajo recienteGaleria Jocobo Karpio, San Jose, Costa Rica solo
2001Continuous ConnectionFelissimo Project, Nueva York group
2001Short StoriesLa Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italia group
2001Spaces, Bodies, IdentitiesCentro Cultural de Espana, San Jose, Costa Rica group
200113 HoursSala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela group
2001I Tirana BiennialNational Gallery & Chinese Pavilion, Tirana, Albania group
2001IV Caribbean BiennialMuseo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana group
2001Barro de AmericaIV Biennial, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela group
2000Dario Escobar: SeleccionII National Biennial of Lima, Peru solo
20002eme. Biennale du Design 2000Ecole des Beaux Arts de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, Francia group
2000L’art dans le mondePont Alexandre III, Paris group
1999Guatemalan ArtSala Oficial Juan Ismal del Cabildo de Fuerteventura, Islas Canarias, Espana group
1999II Iberoamerican Biennial of LimaLima, Peru group
1998Fotojornada’98Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Carlos Merida, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala group
1998Without TitlePlaza G&T, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala group
1998I Central American BiennaleCentro Cultural Miguel Angel Asturias, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemalagroup
1998VI International Art Biennale of CuencaCuenca, Ecuador group
1997La Joven EstampaCasa de las Americas, La Habana, Cuba group