Artists > Karlo Andrei Ibarra

"An artist needs to be a political character inside his own country. He can't become alienated of the everyday situations".

DESCRIPTION

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1982.

The work of Karlo Ibarra represents the voice of Puerto Rican's surrounded by a culture that seems to fade. He becomes responsible for it using his art to employ a constant social critique to Puerto Rico's political and economic situation, forcing the observer to take a solid position. Recent works are focused on circumstances related to historic legacy, corruption, memory, and political systems in the context of several countries in Latin America

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is strongly linked to my own geopolitical context. I employ a wide variety of media that refers to conceptual art and mass media while addressing issues of social, political, cultural and geographic boundaries. My practice relies on social and political cognitions gathered from personal investigations, which draw correlations between individual and national identities and make larger observations respective to a global community

EDUCATION

2005
BFA Painting and and Multidiciplinary Studies, School of Visual Arts of Puerto Rico.

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES

2007
Artist Residency with Marcos Lora Read, School of Visual Arts of P.R

Aprenver, theoretical workshop with César Martínez, School of Visual Arts of P.R.

2006
Residency program with Quisqueya Henríquez, School of Visual Arts of P.R.

2005
Multidiciplinary Workshop ‘’ Locals’’ with Ada Bobonis, School of Visual Arts of P.R.

2004
‘’Expanded Painting’’ with Fabián Marcaccio, School of Visual Arts of Puerto Rico.

GRANTS AND PRIZES

2011
[First Prize] 6th Central American Video Art and Digital Art Competition

INQUIETA IMAGEN, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of San José, San José, Costa Rica.

People Choice Award, Video Art Festival, Optic Nerve XIII Video Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami, Miami, USA.

2010
MUCEVI, Selected in the First Virtual Museum of Central American Video Art, San José, Costa Rica.

2009
Mention of honor, 2nd Young Art Competition, Oriental Group Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006
Lexus Production Grant for Artists, Community Foundation of Puerto Rico, Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.

2004
Travel Grant to ARCO, Madrid, Spain.

2003
Viota Gallery Prize, School of Visual Arts of Puerto Rico

2002
First Painting Prize, Art Museum of Puerto Rico.

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Forma x forma, forman, conforman, Galería Roberto Paradise, San Juan, P.R.

Ensayo para una isla estrella, Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2013
SincretITSMOs, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de San José, Costa Rica.

2012
La suerte está echada( The Die is Cast), Area: Place for Projects, Caguas, Puerto Rico.

2011
Until Victory Lies!, Rica Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2009
Souvenir Stories: Beyond the Paradise, (Solo Project), Photo Miami, Miami, USA.

2007
Each city can be another, Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.

Walking towards the sun, Storehousegroup, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

GROUP SHOWS {SELECTION}

2018
Open Studio. Km 0.2, Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Festival of Minimal Actions. San Jose, Costa Rica.

2016
ARCO Madrid, Roberto Paradise, Madrid.

"Lembre-se de lembrar". Carbono Galeria, Brasil. Commissioned by Alexia Tala.

2015
Influences. Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland. Curated by Rodolfo Andaur.

Ensayo para una isla estrella, 2014. Benefit auction for Museum of Art Puerto Rico. Paddle8.

Frescos: Ciudadanos de Ninguna Parte (5 años después). Galería Arte Universidad Sagrado Corazón. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cero normal. Instituto de Visión. Bogotá, Colombia.

Los bellos jueves, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.

Calibán, Instituto Cervantes, New York

ArteBa, Galería Instituto de visión, Buenos Aires.

Calibán, Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, Chicago.

Parada 16 ½ , Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico.

Material Art Fair, Instituto de visión, Mexico City.

2014
Doble vara, Museo de Arte Moderno de Santo Domingo. Festival de Performance, INDEX, República Dominicana.

2012
The Hive, 3rd Polygraphic Triennial of San Juan, Latin America and the Caribbean, curated by Rebeca Noriega, Ursula Dávila Villa.

Carry-on: Puerto Rico Inspected, Institute of Puerto Rican Art and Culture, Chicago, USA.

2011
Trópico Abierto (Tropic Open, Gran Bienal Tropical (Tropical Biennial), Loíza, Puerto Rico, curated by Pablo León de La Barra.

6th Video Art and Digital Art Competition, Inquieta Imagen( Still Image), Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of Costa Rica, San José, C.R.

Carry-on: Puerto Rico Inspected, Clemente Soto Velez, Cultural and Educational Center, New York.

Dime que me quieres aunque sea verdad, Galería de Arte Villafranca, Galería Sicart, Barcelona.

Patria o Libertad! On Populism, Patriotism and Immigration, Museum of Contemporary Art Cánada, Toronto, Cánada, curated by Paco Barragán.

Carry-on: Puerto Rico, Inspected, Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, National Art Show’’Art in the middle’’: 35 years of photography in Puerto Rico, Institute of Puertorrican Culture, curated by Mercedes Trelles.

Triangle c-s-c( caribbean/south/caribbean) Museum of Ex-Teresa de Arte Actual, México, curated by Eder Castillo.

Zona Maco, Centro Banamex, México City.

The Map: Critical Cartographies, Museum of Modern Art of Medellín, curated by Jan- Erik Lundstrom.

Patria Libertad! Rethorics of Patriotism, Cobra Museum, Netherlands.

INDEPENDENCE-POP, Internacional Performance, Festival Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

2010
MUCEVI, Central American Museum of Video Art, San José, Costa Rica.

Patria o Libertad! Rethorics of Patriotism, Miami Dade College Art Gallery System, Miami, Florida, curated by Paco Barragán.

The Map: Critical Cartographies of the Present, El Parqueadero, Museo del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia, curated by Jan-Erik Lundstrom.

+/- Esperanza/ Hope, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, curated by Adán Vallecillo.

Imperial Video: Ramis Barquet gallery, New York, USA, curated by Nick Kilner.

The Nature of Things, Bienal of the Americas, Denver, USA, curated by Paola Santoscoy.

Qui Vive? 2nd Moscow International Biennial of Young Art, Glob(E)Scape Art Play Center, Moscow, curated by Daria Pyrkina.

Beijing Art Fair, 2010, China.

2nd Young Art Competition, Oriental Group {mention of honor}, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

‘’Circa” International Art Fair, Rica Gallery, San Juan Convention Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2009
National Art Show, Antiguo Arsenal de la Puntilla, San Juan.

Tendency, Art Museum of Caguas, Caguas, P.R, curated by Elsa Meléndez.

The Map: Navigating the Present, Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden.

Publica 3, 2nd Polygraphic Triennial of San Juan, Latin America and the Caribbean, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española curated by Julieta González, Jens Hoffmann, and Adriano Pedrosa.

(Solo Project). Circa, Internacional Art Fair, Convention Center of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1st Young Art Competition, Oriental Group, San Juan, P.R.

2008
Scope Art Fair, The Storehousegroup, Miami, Florida.

The Map: Navigating the Present, Bildmuseum, Umea, Sweden, curated by Jan-Erik Lundstrom.

Art of Democracy, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Zapatista Gallery, San Francisco, California and Area: Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Paper/ City: Scenes from the city, Art Museum of Caguas, Caguas, PR, curated by Elsa María Meléndez.

Being Here: Mapping the Contemporary, #3 BUCHAREST BIENNIAL, Romania, curated by Jan-Erik Lundstrom and Johan Sjostrom.

‘’Circa’’ International Art Fair, The Storehousegroup, Convention Center of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2007
Ways of Political Art from Puerto Rico, Zones Art Fair, Miami.

Arte of Uncertainity in colaboration with Art Museum of El Salvador, San Salvador.

Landings 5, Art Museum of Americas, Washington DC, curated by Joan Durán.

Instalación Unidad de Información Transportable, Divulgación de Historia con Axe Street Arena, School of Visual Arts of Puerto Rico and Art Institute of Chicago.

COLLECTIONS

Art Museum of Puerto Rico

Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of San José, Costa Rica.

Turabo University Art Museum, Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

Cisneros Fontanals Collection, Miami, Florida.

Central American Museum of Video Art, San José, Costa Rica.

Santa Fé Museum of Art, Santa Fé, Argentina.

BIBLIOGRAPHY {SELECTION}

2013 Art Cities of the Future: Contemporary Avant Gardes, Phaidon Press 2011 Código Magazine, # 62.

Young Art from Latino America, la apuesta de 10 curadores, texto por Paola Santoscoy. 10 emergent young artists from Latin America, text by Paola Santoscoy.

2010 Frescos, 50 Puerto Rican artists under 35 years old, edited by Celina Nogueras Cuevas.

Patria o Libertad in conversation with Paco Barragán, article by Raiza Clavijo, Art Districts Magazine.