Carlos Garaicoa

Cuban, b. 1967

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Carlos Garaicoa

Cuban, b. 1967

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Carlos Garaicoa translates his fascination with the ruins of Havana into drawings, photographs, and mixed-media and video installations. “The city is a very rich subject to make work about love, hate, history, beauty, what people expect from life and how politics get involved,” he has said. His installations evoke a Havana in a state of tension between utopian ideals and dilapidated reality—Japanese Garden (2001), for example, was a room-size environment reminiscent of a peaceful, enclosed Zen garden, but its walls were plastered with photos of urban decay and neglect. Garaicoa has practiced the manipulation of photographs to explore similar themes, superimposing drawings or outlines of imagined structures in thread.

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MOCA Los Angeles
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biography

Carlos Garaicoa translates his fascination with the ruins of Havana into drawings, photographs, and mixed-media and video installations. “The city is a very rich subject to make work about love, hate, history, beauty, what people expect from life and how politics get involved,” he has said. His installations evoke a Havana in a state of tension between utopian ideals and dilapidated reality—Japanese Garden (2001), for example, was a room-size environment reminiscent of a peaceful, enclosed Zen garden, but its walls were plastered with photos of urban decay and neglect. Garaicoa has practiced the manipulation of photographs to explore similar themes, superimposing drawings or outlines of imagined structures in thread.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more
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