Carlos Rigau, born in 1978 and raised in little Havana Miami Florida.

 Carlos graduated in 2002 from F.I.U. with a double major in Fine art and Television communications. In 2012 Rigau completed Hunters MFA program in NYC. He has exhibited his work in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Miami. In addition to art making Carlos co runs an experimental artist run space named General Practice. He has completed residencies at Acadia Summer Arts Program {Kamp Kippy}, Everglades AIRE, Fountainhead and the Deering estate. Fellowships at A.I.M. Bronx museum and a Media arts Fellow at BRIC in Brooklyn NY 

My experience of growing up in urban Miami’s Little Havana has shaped the content and attitude of my work. Using photography, the moving image, sculpture and performance, I attempt to dissect the foundations of artifice, display and perception. Miami is a place rife with artifice and replicas. The layers of artificial and real overlap and synchronize like the plastic and real plants in a hotel lobby to create a hybrid reality where the synthetic is as genuine as the natural to nourish our desiring bodies. In this way these interests come from my formative surroundings. Objects and ideas are worked, crushed and reassembled.  The work imitates the materials and aesthetics of art, while considering the psychology used by the advertising industry. Weaponizing the formal means of mass consumption and transmission, critical agitation and defamiliarization is the intent.

 

 Selected Exhibitions

 

2020 Meme  Underdonk Brooklyn NY

2019 Wanderers Tile Blush Miami Florida

            Tension in Three Dimensions Deering Estate Miami Florida

 

2018 New York Flowers Festival Essex Flowers NY, NY

            Elements Book Store Gallery at Hunter College NY, NY

 

2017 Invitational Painting Party Hot White Men Projects Brooklyn NY

 

2016 Cintas Finalist Exhibition            Freedom Tower MDC Galley. Miami FL.

            Cold Verse Knock Down Center  Brooklyn NY with Y2K.

            Delusions through Details(solo show) LMAK gallery NY,NY

 

2015 Santa Toy Shop goes to Cuba (solo project) Meeting House  Miami Fl.

            Cut N Mix : Contemporary Collage El Museo del Barrio, NY NY

            {curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado}

            Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial Bronx Museum,Bronx, NY

       {Curated by Bronx-based artists Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier}

 

2014 Cintas Finalist Exhibition            Freedom Tower MDC Galley. Miami FL.

            Anomie: Fractured art norms Suny Cortland Gallery Westchester , NY

            Leather Thomas Erben Gallery NY, NY

2013 Rainbow Juice   Helper Brooklyn NY

            By Design Locust Projects, {projects space solo} Miami Fl

         Plastic Ruins LMAK Projects {solo show} NY, NY

 

2012 Store Front  Organized by Ibett Yanez and Tiffany Chestler, Miami Fl

         Funded by the de la Cruz collection and DACRA.

         Magnetic Poetry  {solo show} Dorsch Gallery , Miami Fl.

              Practice Remain  Regina Rex, Brooklyn NY

 

2011 Open    David Castillo Gallery,  Miami Fl.

         Liquid Matter  { co-curated exhibition with Ibett Yanez }

         At the Fabric workshop in conjunction with

         the de la Cruz collection Philadelphia  PA

         Fighting Dancing Kissing  {curatorial intervention}

         Fabric workshop in conjunction with the de la Cruz collection  

          Philadelphia,  PA

         Friends don’t have sleepovers  {solo show} LMAK projects N.Y.

 

 2010 Fighting Dancing Kissing  {curatorial intervention}

          de la CRUZ collection, Miami Fl

          The Funny guy that StickS his hand in the paInt BuCKet. 

           Dimensions Variable , Miami Fl

          Bubble Raft  Dorsch Gallery, Miami FL

           ELSE    Tilton Gallery, New York,  N.Y.

 

 2009  Miami MediaMesh at the American Airlines Arena  Miami, FL

           F(r)acture: divisions in painting     Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

          Radiant Decay Curated by Meghan Carleton Warburg                  

          New York , N.Y

           Our Great Show  Nice and Fit Gallery Berlin, Germany