Goicolea's photographs frequently deal with issues of androgyny, homosexuality, and child sexuality. Goicolea, Cuban-American and gay, was educated at the University of Georgia and studied painting, photography, and sculpture at that institution. He holds an MFA in fine arts from the Pratt Institute. He made his debut in 1999, and now shows work with Postmasters gallery in New York and Aurel Scheibler in Berlin, Germany.
In 2005, he received the BMW-Award for Photography.
Some of his work features photographs of "pre- to barely pubescent boys" (Art in America, Dec, 2001) in elaborately staged tableau settings, commonly showing multiple boys wearing traditional private school uniforms either engaged in school-life or recreation after school — but with often transgressive and erotic twists in their activities. Of great interest in these compositions is the fact that Goicolea himself portrays all of the boys in his photographs through the astute use of costumes, wigs, make-up, and post-production editing via the software Adobe Photoshop; "always looking uncannily like a boy on the edge of puberty" (The Advocate, August 14, 2001). Therefore, despite having numerous figures in them, Goicolea's photographs are actually very complex large-scale self-portraits, and are always done in a flawlessly realist manner.
The pioneering fine-art photographer Cindy Sherman is an apparent influence on Goicolea's work, given her own extensive use of self-portraits and emphasis on sexually charged narrative topics. Sherman and Goicolea have also had several joint exhibitions. His work can be strongly compared to similar manipulated and/or staged art photography featuring children and adolescents, such as that of Bernard Faucon, Loretta Lux, and Justine Kurland.
Recently, Goicolea has also been producing and exhibiting his drawings, which follow much of the same subject matter as his photographs. He has also published several books.
Goicolea is also represented by Gow Langsford Gallery based in Auckland, New Zealand.
- Anthony Goicolea. Twin Palms, 2003. (Book)
- P.B. Franklin, A. Goicolea. "Boyology". GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2001).
Fellowships and Awards
- 2006 The Cintas Fellowship
- 2005 The BMW Photo Paris Award
- 1998 The Bronx Museum, 'Artist In The Market Place' program
- 1997 The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
- The Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, IN
- The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- The Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York
- The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
- Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
- The Museum of Helmond, Nederland
- The Groninger Museum, Groninger, Nederland
- Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
- Yale University Art Collection, Photography, New Haven, CT
- El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla, Leon, España
- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, España
- University of Georgia Library, Rare Books Collection, Athens, GA
- Review of 2003 exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Photography (Australia)
- 2002 exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Photography (US)