Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés (b. 1971) and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (b. 1969) together make up Los Carpinteros. The carpenters, as they call themselves, are among the most well known artists from Latin America today. With their artistic works, Los Carpinteros occupy an intriguing and ambiguous area between conceptualism, activism and formalism. Their sculptures and installations are at times monumental, stretching the concept of sculpture to include architectural constructions. Unique watercolors and drawings complement their body of work, making Los Carpinteros anything but mere handworkers. However, the name is in some respect still a pointer to the self- concept of the collective.

Castillo Valdés and Rodríguez Sánchez met at art school in Havana in the 1990s and started collaborating as Los Carpinteos together shortly after. Born and raised in Cuba, the artists have emphasized the importance of craft in their practice and commented on how their distinctive imagery draws upon the common practice of repurposing objects in daily life. This leads to curious mutations. In Downtown Series (2003) wooden drawers become high-rise buildings; in La Montaña Rusa (2008) a bed is transformed into a rollercoaster. Their series Clavos Torcidos consists of large-format metal nails, seemingly extracted from their initial purpose and discarded. The ordinary becomes extraordinary. This is the meaning behind Los Carpinteros.

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Selected Exhibitions and Projects
“Los Carpinteros: O Objeto Vital”, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016-2017
“Los Carpinteros”, MUAC Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2016
“Los Carpinteros”, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 2015
“The Globe”, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 2015
“Los Carpinteros”, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK, 2015
“Yelmo”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 2014
“Candela”, Abierto X Obras, Matadero, Madrid, Spain, 2013
“Silence Your Eyes”, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, 2012
“Los Carpinteros”, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, 2012
“Los Carpinteros”, Es Baluard Museu dʼArt Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Spain, 2011
“Opener 19”, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, New York, US, 2010
“The Kaleidoscopic Eye“, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2009
“Biennale de Venecia“, IILA Pavilion; Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy, 2005

Selected Collections
Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin, US
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, US
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
LVMH, Paris, France
Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, Canada
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Tate Modern, London, UK
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

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