Carlos Garaicoa


Carlos Garaicoa Manso

(Cuba, 1967; lives and works between Havana and Madrid)

Carlos Garaicoa studied thermodynamic and later painting at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana (1989-1994). He employs a multidisciplinary approach to address issues of culture and politics, particularly Cuban, through the study of architecture, urbanism and history. His chief subject has been the city of Havana, and his media include installation, video, photography, sculpture, pop-up books, and drawing.

Among his most important solo shows we can highlight those at MAAT, Lisbon; Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid; Fundación Botín, Santander; NC-Arte y FLORA ars + natura, Bogotá; Kunsthaus Baselland Muttenz/Basel; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Brunswick; Contemporary Art Museum, Institute for Research in Art, Tampa; H.F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam; Centre d’Art la Panera, Lérida; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos; National Museum of Contemporary (EMST), Athens; Inhotim Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Brumadinho and Caixa Cultural, Río de Janeiro; Museo ICO and Matadero, Madrid; IMMA, Dublin; Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art (M.O.C.A) Los Angeles; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá and Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena.

He has participated in prestigious international events such as: the Biennials of Havana, Shanghai, São Paulo, Venice, Johannesburg, Liverpool and Moscow Biennial, the Triennials of Auckland, San Juan, Yokohama and Echigo-Tsumari; Documenta 11 and 14 and PhotoEspaña 12.

In 2005 he received the XXXIX International Contemporary Art Price Foundation “Pierre de Monaco” in Montecarlo, and the Katherine S. Marmor Award in Los Angeles.