|Born 1965 in Lima, Perú.
Lives and works in México City, New York and Lima.
|2017||Raw, Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Lima, Perú.
Amastan, Peana Projects, Paris, France
Modern Sculpture, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain.
|2016||Golden Years, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain.|
|2015||“Purple”, Art & Public Cabinet PH, Ginebra, Suiza
La Raíz del Asunto, Aldo Chaparro & Iñigo Zulueta, Madrid.
Art Paris, Galería Spazio Nuovo, Paris, Francia.
ARCO, Galería Casado Santapau,Madrid, Spain.
Approaching Silence, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid.
|2014||NaCL(Í) Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Zipaquirá, Colombia.
Galería Nueveochenta, Bogotá, Colombia.
|2013||Approaching Silence, FIFI Projects, San Pedro, Garza-García, México.
RIVOTRILANHEDONIA, IDEOBOX Gallery, Miami, US.
Portal, Intervention at Santa Clara church, Bogotá, Colombia.
Intervention at Palazzo Pamphilij, Rome, Italy.
My Better Half, Spazio Nuovo Gallery, Rome, Italy.
Se Que Te Mueres Por Mí, Lucía de la Puente Gallery, Lima, Perú.
|2012||I´ve Lost Control Again, James Kelly Gallery, Santa Fe, USA.
Hip Ahora, Mañana Who Knows, Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain
|2011||What if?, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu/Seúl, Corea.|
|2010||Vanishing Act, FIFI Projects, New York, US.
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, OMR Gallery, México City.
More Than This, Sonja Roesch Gallery / Houston, TX, US.
Solo project, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Dubai, Arab Emirates.
Solo project, Pinta Art Fair, London, UK.
|2009||Here we are now, entertain us, Nueveochenta, Bogota, Colombia.
Too drunk to fuck, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, UK.
Vanishing Act, FIFI Projects, New York, US.
Two Black Monoliths, Museo Experimental El Eco, México City.
Erase Memory, Centro de las Artes, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, México.
|2008||How Does It Feel? Dabbah-Torrejón Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It Must Be Nice To Disappear, OMR Gallery, México City.
I Feel So Extraordinary, Lucia de la Puente Gallery, Lima, Perú.
|2007||I’ll Be Your Mirror, Dabbah-Torrejón Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.|
|2001||MchPinturablancaparagalerías, ProyectoZapopan, Guadalajara,México.|
|1998||Gato Por Liebre, Galería Forum, Lima, Perú.
Flúor, Ramis Barquet, Monterrey Gallery, México.
|1997||Simulacro, Municipalidad de Miraflores, Lima, Perú.|
|1995||Savia, sabia, Galería Ramis Barquet Cintermex, Monterrey, México.|
|1994||Solo show, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, México.|
|2017||Shaping Space, Isa Galeria, Mumbai, India.
a year from monda in mexico, FIFI projects, Monterrey, México.
Modern Sculpture, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, España.
Art & Public Cabinet PH, Ginebra, Suiza
|2015||Demoler, Public Art Projects, Mexico DF.
Abstraction and Nothing, FIFI projects, an Pedro Garza-García, México.
|2014||The State of Parenthesis, FIFI projects, San Pedro Garza-García, México.|
|2013||Natures Mortes I, FIFI Projects, San Pedro, Garza-García, México.|
|2012||Quinquenio, Galeria Nueveochenta, Bogotá, Colombia.|
|2011||The Space Between Now and Then, Galería OMR y el52, México DF.|
|2009||[sic], OMR, México DF.
This Is Not An Invitation It’s A Presentation, el52, México DF.
Zona MACO, OMR, México City.
|2008||Sueño de casa propia, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, México DF.
Plataform For Urban Investigation, Museo de la Ciudad de México, DF
|2007||Sin Título, Intervención en el concierto de The Killers y otros grupos, México DF.
Rock my illusion, Cordoba, Spain.
Los nuevos leones, Monterrey, México.
Evento social, Galería de Arte Mexicano, México DF.
Foro sur, Intervención en el centro de Cáceres, Spain.
Little Did He Know, Intervención en la Casa Barragán, México, DF.
Show me, Show me, Show me, Intervenciones de artistas
de la Galería Luis Adelantado en el Hotel Condesa DF, México DF.
|2006||Cuarteto De Fantasía, vídeos, Museo Experimental El Eco, México, DF.
Limbo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México, DF.
Tenemos el Duchamp… Galería de Arte Mexicano, México, DF.
Is Anybody Out There?, Product must have Objects, México, DF.
|2005||We Are Nothing But The Nerds They Say We Are,
curaduría y exhibición en colaboración con Mauricio Limón, México City.
|2002||Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
Coartadas Alibis, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Casa comida y sustento, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México. DF.
|2001||Asamblea, Centro Cultural de México, Paris, France.
Sala de recuperación, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México, DF.
Tercer Festival de Arte Sonoro, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, DF.
|2000||Segundo Festival de Arte Sonoro, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, DF.
Bienal de Lima, Lima, Perú.
|1999||Kilómetros De Desplazamiento Para Una Explosión,
Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, DF.
Bubble, 527 Gallery, Houston TX, USA.
Fit In, Hotel Los Virreyes, Monterrey, México.
El retrato como excusa, BF15, Monterrey, México.
Cuarta Bienal de Monterrey, Monterrey, México.
|1998||Centro de Lima, Bienal de Lima, Lima, Perú.
De acá, Art Deposit, Monterrey, México.
Laberinto, 527 Gallery, Houston, TX, USA.
|1997||Tercera Bienal Monterrey, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, México.
Hacia la abstracción, Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, México.
|1996||Group Show, Andrew Mumery Gallery, London, UK.|
|1992||Entretrópicos, MuseodeArteContemporáneoSofíaImber, Caracas,Venezuela.|
|The Jumex Foundation, México.
The Coppel Collection, México.
The CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA.
The Helga de Alvear Foundation, Cáceres, Spain.
Simon de Pury, London, UK.
Douglas Baxter’s Collection, New York, USA.
Domenico de Sole Collection, Hilton Head, USA.
Guler Sabanci Collection, Istambul, Turkey.
Pierre Huber Collection, Switzerland.
Jorge Pérez Collection, Miami, USA.
|1978||Born in Madrid, lives and works in New York.|
|2005||Degree in Fine Arts “Universidad Complutense de Madrid”|
|2002-2003||Anotati Scholi Kalon Technon. Athens fine arts school|
Solo exhibitions (selected)
|2016||Sharjah Art Museum.
Marc Straus Gallery. New York.
|2013||Marc Straus Gallery. New York.|
|2012||Marc Straus Gallery. New York.|
|2011||Art Hong Kong. WILDE Gallery. Hong Kong.|
|2010||WILDE Gallery. Berlin|
|2008||Galerie Heliumcowboy. Hamburg
Galerie Lichtpunkt. Munich
Group exhibitions (selected)
|2017||“New Now” Phillips Auction House. New York.
“Between I&thou” HVCCA Museum. New York.
ARCO. Marc Straus Gallery. Madrid
Zona MACO. Marc Straus Gallery. Mexico
|2016||Knoxville Museum of Art. Recent Art for east Tennesse and beyond
Independent Art Fair. Nature Morte gallery. Brussels
Art Central Hong Kong. Marc Straus Gallery. Hong Kong
Art Stage Singapore. Marc Straus Gallery. Singapore
|2015||Art Central Hong Kong. Marc Straus Gallery. Hong Kong
Art Stage Singapore. Marc Straus Gallery. Singapore
|2014||“Xigue Xigue” Marc Straus gallery. New York|
|2013||“Art at the core”. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. New York.
Expo Chicago. Marc Straus Gallery. Chicago
|2012||Jonathan Lahyani Fine Art. Geneve.|
|2011||Destino/Zielort Berlin. Kunstraum Bethanien. Berlin.
Georg Kolbe Museum. Hotspot Berlin
ART CHICAGO Art Fair. WILDE Gallery. Chicago
|2010||Art Miami fair. WILDE Gallery. Miami
Art Toronto fair. WILDE Gallery. Toronto
SLICK Art Fair. WILDE Gallery. Paris
PREVIEW Art Fair. WILDE Gallery/WIDMER+THEODORIDIS. Berlin.
“FrischFleisch” WIDMER+THEODORIDIS contemporary. Zurich
ART CHICAGO Art Fair. WILDE Gallery. Chicago
|2009||SLICK Art fair. WILDE Gallery. Paris
“Earthly Delights”. Tape Modern Nº.11
WILDE Gallery. Berlin
ROLLO Contemporary. London
Widmer+Theodoridis contemporany. Zurich
|2008||“5 Years heliumcowboy artspace”.Bierbehaus. Hamburg.
“The helping founds of hell” Neurotitan Gallery. Berlin
|2007||Widmer+Theodoridis contemporany. Zurich|
|Museu Europeu d’Art Modern. Barcelona.
Monument to the Old university of Madrid. Calle del Pez. Madrid
Crossing the boundaries between painting, sculpture and performance is a common contemporary artistic practice – often with stunning results that not only reveal a re-interpretation of form and genre but also puzzle the perception of the viewer and prompt great curiosity about what we see.
Aldo Chaparro’s and Antonio Santin’s latest works are a case in point. Both artists work across various media and genres and are equally interested in how sculptural characteristics, like the creation of three dimensional elements, perform on a two-‐dimensional format. From an art historical perspective, such a description alludes to the term relief: a sculptural form that is carved from but still belongs to a surface. And indeed, the artworks presented at Galerie Isa could be thought of as contemporary, somewhat abstract reliefs, created through an individual process of modelling plasticity into a two-‐dimensional surface.
Aldo Chaparro (born 1965, lives and works in Lima, Peru and Mexico City) is a trained sculptor and best known for his distorted stainless steel sculptures. But no matter which type of medium he chooses for his artworks, his practice centers around a process of capturing a moment of the present. He developed a performance-‐like transformation process in which he unleashes the energy and force from his body onto stainless steel, wood or canvases.
For this exhibition, Chaparro presents two different series of artworks. In the stainless steel sculptures, his working process resembles that of a traditional sculptor, physically engaging with both hands with his material but without any other tool. We see the results of an intuitive process that the artist himself once described as ‘half dance, half fight’, leaving the traces of an intensely bodily and improvised dialogue between the artist’s hands and his material: three dimensional folds of steel that create a landscape of light and shadows, peaks and troughs, tempting the viewer to mirror him or herself in a surface that is only able to reflect a distorted detail.
Chaparro’s interest in the interaction of his body, energy and material as a process rather than the urge to depict something that we are familiar with becomes equally apparent in his paintings. In this series of works too, the artist is engaging physically with his material by modelling matter on flats, hereby focusing on the performance of gold leaf to create the illusion of three-‐dimensionality. The highly dynamic, golden traces on the canvases resemble the leftover contours of his dance with matter on a surface in order to re-‐create it.
Antonio Santin (born 1978 in Madrid, lives and works in New York) is known for his hyper-‐ realistic, dramatic paintings depicting skillfully executed ornamental tapestries. Whereas Chaparro invokes drama by his immediate and physical interaction with matter, Santin’s paintings – including his earlier, large series of portraits – seem to be the results of the forces of light and dark, of the visible and the hidden. Similar to the techniques of tenebrism and chiaroscuro that the famous painters Caravaggio and da Vinci introduced to European painting in the 15th and 16th century, Santin is able to depict dramatic scenarios not only of human expression but even of textile folds – the latter with a humorous lightness.
In his latest series of paintings, Santin demonstrates how both his painterly and sculptural skills translate into stunning artworks that not merely depict a somewhat uncanny carpet, but an almost abstract relief. His painted carpets are images whose sources are photographs of draped carpets on the floor. They are so richly detailed and lively in color that they first seem like an actual carpet hung on the wall, revealing a world of beautiful patterns and harmony. After that first encounter with the ornamental beauty of the carpet, the viewer experiences a curiosity that is evoked by the folds in the carpet. Is something underneath, did something heavy push from the sides, or are we merely witnessing an innocent moment of halt, a frozen movement of matter?
The depicted carpets with their patterned harmony seem to reach out to the viewer by dramatically raising their surfaces, thereby forming secretive waves and a peculiar dynamic on the flatness of a painting that seems to be part of a larger narrative, a narrative which we will never be fully told by the artist but only by our own imagination.
Both artists model movement in their surfaces, movement that results in a plasticity of matter: Whereas Chaparro captures movement and the energy of a moment to create an abstract relief on a two-‐dimensional surface, Santin reveals his mastery in oil painting by depicting a painted relief.