Biography

Miguel Angel Ríos

Portrait of the artist 

MIGUEL ANGEL RÍOS  (b. 1943, Catamarca, Argentina)

"...I make visible the violent moment in which we live, where we feel that life has no value. It is competition, power, violence, and chaos. The viewer may choose to identify with the powerful or with the vulnerable..." Miguel Angel Ríos studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to New York in the 1970s to escape the military dictatorship in Argentina. He subsequently relocated to Mexico and now divides his time between the U.S. and Mexico. In his work, Ríos pairs a rigorous conceptual approach with a meticulously constructed, often handmade aesthetic. Since the 1970s, he has made work about the concept of the "Latin American," using this idea as both an artistic strategy and a political problem. In the 1990s, he began creating a series of maps, which he carefully folded and pleated by hand. Marking the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of the Americas, the maps indicate long histories of power and colonial experience, and they reference traditional indigenous arts in the Americas, including the Andean quipu. 

Since the early-2000s, Ríos has also delved into the medium of video to create symbolic narratives about human experience, violence, and mortality. His videos of spinning tops--trompos--use the childhood game of tops as a backdrop for a meditation on the transience of life, and the mechanics of power. In his 2012 Untitled video from The Ghost of Modernity, Ríos references high Modernism--with direct nods to John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Donald Judd--in the midst of the Mexican desert. "Is this ghostly geometric figure a lens through which the world can be reinterpreted?" the artist asks. "Or is it the paradigmatic principle of modernist thought that organizes the world around it? Are we inside or outside the cube? "  Miguel Angel Rios’ works are represented in several major collections including Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, "la Caixa", Barcelona, Spain; Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA; Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA and the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Miguel Angel Ríos: Torn to Shreds, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA Miguel Angel Ríos: On the Edge, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

2017 Miguel Angel Rios: A Morir (To the Death) Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC USA

Miguel Angel Rios: Neither Colour, nor height, MUCEM, Marseilles, France Miguel Angel Rios: Acirema, No es agua Ni Arena la Orilla del Mar, Espaivisor Galeria Visor, Valencia Spain

2015 Landlocked, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ Endless, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

2013 Folding Borders, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico

2012 Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France
Miguel Angel Ríos: Walkabout, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (with exhibition catalogue)

2011 Miguel Angel Ríos, Alonso Garces Galeria, Bogotá, Colombia Miguel Angel Ríos, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina Mecha, Nederlans Instituut voor Mediakunst, The Netherlands

2010 Miguel Angel Ríos, Galeria Andres Millan, São Paulo, Brazil
Miguel Angel Ríos, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand

2009 Miguel Angel Ríos, Malba-Fundacíon Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
On The Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA

Miguel Angel Ríos, EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris, France Crudo, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008 A Morir, Sala de Arte Contemporáneo, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Aquí, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Crudo, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
White Suit, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2007 Aquí, Ex-convento de Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico; Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston, Houston, TX and EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
On The Edge, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy and ARCO, Madrid, Spain

Fuego Amigo, Ex-convento de la Natividad, Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico A Morir, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Aquí, Galeria Milan Antonio, São Paulo, Brazil
Concentrations 49: Miguel Angel Ríos, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

2006 Serie Homenaje a Robert Mapplethorpe, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico

On The Edge, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

Miguel Angel Ríos: Love, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL 2005 Love, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy

Miguel Angel Ríos, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Miguel Angel Ríos, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

2004 A Morir, Art Unlimited, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Art Basel, Switzerland 2003 Miguel Angel Ríos, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los

Angeles, CA
Miguel Angel Ríos, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany Ni me busques...no me encuentras, White Box, New York, NY A Morir, Artists Space, New York, NY

2002 Ni me busques...no me encuentras, Basel Art Unlimited, Project Room, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Basel, Switzerland

2001 El viaje del botanista, Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela
1999 Manhattan Códice, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico and John

Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Los Vientos del Sur, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1995 Miguel Angel Ríos, Wohn Maschine Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Miguel Angel Ríos, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Así en la tierra como en el cielo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey

(MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico

Miguel Angel Ríos, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Miguel Angel Ríos, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA),

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Miguel Angel Ríos, Gallery Der Brucke, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Miguel Angel Ríos, Gallery Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico
Miguel Angel Ríos: El juego y el dolor, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

1991 Miguel Angel Ríos, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY and ARCO, Madrid, Spain

1989 Miguel Angel Ríos, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY 1988 Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

1984 Allen/Wincor Gallery, New York, NY

1983 Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with exhibition catalogue) 1980 Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with exhibition catalogue)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Broken Lines – 140 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA
Portrait - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
Video Art from the Collection of Kitty and Tom Stoner, Maryland Hall Annapolis, Maryland
Linee di forza + Varie sensazioni, curated by Martina Sabbadin, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy

2017 Truth or Dare: A Reality Show, 21c Museum Hotels, Nashville, TN
Video Art in Latin America - University of San Diego University Galleries, San Diego, CA
Home- So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Home-So Different, So Appealing - Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX

2016 Divergent - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
Artist & Others: The Imaginative French Book in the 21st Century, From the Koopman Collection, National Library of the Netherlands, The Grolier Club, New York, NY
Water Event, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, France
Space to Dream: Recent art from South America, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Mirando la Flor - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
The Way Things Go | About cause and effect - Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands

2015 Project Video 2015, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
Dark Mirror. From Latinamerica since 1968, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
Uses of History Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Miami, FL
New Visions/Nuevas Visiones Permanent collection, The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Monochrome Undoe: Abstraction in Action, Space, Irvin, CA
Lyon Biennial, La vie moderne, Lyon, France

2014 Arte Video Night 2014, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Dancing Light / Let it move you... Museum Huis voor Fotografie Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros,Henry and Lois Foster GalleryMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Daros Latin America Collection, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland

2013 Pulso Alterado, Intensidades en la colección del MUAC y sus colecciones asociadas, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, France

2009 Los Impolíticos, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (PAN), Napoli, ItalyMonitaur Series, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Art Video Night, Center Pompidou, Paris, France
Galerie Akinci, The Armory Show, New York, NY
For you – para usted: The Daros Latin America Tapes and Video Installations, Daros Latinamerica, Zürich, Switzerland , Ringen, Cream Contemporary, Berlin, Germany Zona de Riesgo, La Caixa Forum, Madrid, Spain Videonale, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany Tiburon International Film Festival, Tiburon, CA

2008 Crudo, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy and Galeria Millan, Art Basel, Miami, FL

Art Distopia, Museo de Arte, La Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Animal Roto, Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Zona de Riesgo, La Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain

Atlas Américas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Last Supper Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Permutações Lúdicas, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
Meditations II Biennale, Poznań, Poland
CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival), Denmark
The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (media_city Seoul 2008), Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
The 61st International Film Festival Locarno, Switzerland
Vijversburg VI, Friesland, The Netherlands
Viva la muerte, CAAM (Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2007 Face to Face: The Daros Collections (Parts 1 and 2), Zürich, Switzerland; and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
Galeria Grita Insam, Vienna, Austria and MACO, Mexico City, Mexico
Fuego Amigo, 48th Festival Dei Popoli, International Social Documentary Film Festival, Florence, Italy

A Morir, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY
Frontera Incierta, ERA, Montevideo, Uruguay
Counterpoint, Space*C, Coreana Art and Culture Complex, Seoul, Korea
Aquí, Photo ESPAÑA 2007, Matadero Contemporary Art Space, Madrid, Spain Allusive Moments, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Outlook, Palazzo Bricherasio and Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX (with exhibition catalogue)

2006 Shift, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna, Austria Programa de Mano, Plataforma 06, Puebla, Mexico

COLLECTIONS

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA
Cisneros Fontalnals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA
Colección Isabel y Augustín Coppel
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, "La Caixa", Barcelona, Spain
Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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