Los Carpinteros

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Los Carpinteros is a Cuban artist collective founded in Havana in 1992 by Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes, Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, and Alexandre Arrechea (who left the group in 2003).[1] In 1994 they decided "to renounce the notion of individual authorship and refer back to an older guild tradition of artisans and skilled laborers”[2] in an attempt to emphasize their belief that art always, to some extent, involves collaboration.[3] Both Valdes and Sanchez were born in Cuba and live and work between Havana and Madrid.[4] They have exhibited in Cuba, Europe and North America, and have received a number of awards.

In their work the artists incorporate aspects of architecture, design and sculpture to create installations and drawings that “negotiate the space between the functional and the nonfunctional",[2] where they derive their “inspiration from the physical world”[2] and express their interest in the intersection of art and society in a humorous manner. Los Carpinteros create a response to places, spaces and objects, how they have been conceived, built, used and abandoned.[5]

Between personal exposures are those made in the 90s in the ' "Centro de Arte 23 y 12" Cuba. They have been exhibited at "The New Museum of Contemporary Art"[6] and the "Contemporary Arts Center" in Cincinnati, Ohio;[7] "Grant Selwyn Fine Arts" in Los Angeles, CA;[citation needed] at the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO'98 in Madrid;[citation needed] and Art Basel Miami where for the 2012 edition of the fair they built the "Güiro Art Bar".[8] They held their first solo exhibition in Asia, 'Heterotopias', at Edouard Malingue Gallery in 2013.[9]


  1. ^ [pumestudio.com], PUM! estudio,. "Los Carpinteros". loscarpinteros.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "Los Carpinteros". Sean Kelly. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Los Carpinteros: Seeing Double | ARTnews". www.artnews.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  4. ^ [pumestudio.com], PUM! estudio,. "Los Carpinteros". loscarpinteros.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  6. ^ "New Museum - Digital Archive". archive.newmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Los Carpinteros - Contemporary Arts Center". www.contemporaryartscenter.org. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  8. ^ http://www.archdaily.com/309698/guiro-art-bar-los-carpinteros-absolut-art-bureau/
  9. ^ SCMP 48 hrs Magazine, “Art Preview: Los Carpinteros Turn Confusion Into An Art Form”, October 23 2013

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