A Paris-based Colombian artist, Iván Argote is known for works created in a wide range of media including films, sculptures, collages, and public space installations. He is probably best known for filming himself while spray-painting over a work by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, protected by glass.
Born in Bogotá in 1983, Argote currently lives and works in Paris. He studied Graphic design at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá and further specialized in new medias and photography. He earned his MFA from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris - ENSBA, Paris in 2008. His solo exhibitions include those at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (AZ), MALBA, Buenos Aires, Perrotin, Paris and New York, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Proyecto Amil, Lima, SPACE, London, Galeria ADN, Barcelona, and DT Project, Brussels, among others.
Exploring the relationship in between history, politics and the construction of our own subjectivities, he creates works which seek to generate questions about how we relate to the others, to the state, to patrimony and traditions. He is celebrated for bold interventions into public spaces and audacious appropriations of art history. As he once explained, his works are reflections about the way we behave, “about how we understand our close environment, and about how this close environment is related with history, traditions, art, politics, and power.”