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Karlo Andrei Ibarra | Puerto Rico

Born in 1982, in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Installation, sculpture, video, photography

My work is strongly linked to my own geopolitical context. I employ a wide variety of media that refer 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.

Graduated in Fine Arts, painting and multidisciplinary studies from the Escuela de Artes Visuales de Puerto Rico (2005).

He was twice on residency in this school; first in 2006 with Cuban-dominican artist Quisqueya Henriquez and second in 2007, with Dominican artist Marcos Lora Read.

Individual shows by Karlo Andrei Ibarra

La Suerte Está Echada at AREA : Lugar de Proyectos in Caguas, Puerto Rico (2012) ; Until Victory Lies! at the Rica Gallery of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011) ; Souvenir Stories : Beyond the Paradis at PhotoMiami (2009) ; Each City can be Another at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of Puerto Rico (2007) and Walking towards the sun at the Storehousegroup of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2007).

Collective exhibitions

CONCRETE ILLUSIONS: Public and Private Spaces in Puerto Rico at the Abrazo Interno Gallery of C.S.V in New York (2013) and at LA GALERÍA / Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston (2012), USA ; You will never walk alone again at RadiatorArts in New York, USA (2012) ; the travelling exhibition Carry-On : Puerto Rico Inspected at the Galeria Yemaya of Puerto Rico, in Chicago, New York and Boston (2011-2012) ; Eletric Wedding at the Cinémathèque of Miami (2011) ; Dime que me quieres aunque sea verdad at the Galeria de Arte Villafranca and at the Galeria Sicart of Barcelona, Spain (2011) ; the travelling exhibition Patria o Libertad ! On Populism, Patriotism, and Immigration at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Canada in Toronto, at the Cobra Museum in The Netherlands and at the Miami Dade College Art Gallery (2010-2011); Art in the middle: 35 years of photography in Puerto Rico at the Institute of Puerto Rican Art & Culture of Chicago (2011) ; Triangle c-s-c (Caribbean/south/Caribbean) at the Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico (2011) ; the travelling exhibition The Map; Critical Cartographies at the Museo de Arte Moderno of Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia (2011) and in Sweden (2008-2009) ; +/- Esperanza at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo of San José, Costa Rica (2010) ; Imperial Video at the Ramis Barquet Gallery of New York (2010) ; Tendency at the Museo de Arte de Caguas in Puerto Rico (2009) ; Alert Status at the Galeria Yemaya of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (2009) ; Art of Democracy at AREA : Lugar de Proyectos in Caguas, Puerto Rico (2008) ; Paper/city : scenes from the city at the Museo de Arte de Caguas, Puerto Rico (2008) and was a member of the Colectivo Puntos Suspensivos (2007) hence taking part in their actions.

Biennials, fairs

Karlo Andrei Ibarra also took part in The Hive – the 3rd edition of the Trienal Poli/grafica de San Juan in Puerto Rico (2012) and to the 2d one in 2009 ; in Trópico Abierto – Gran Bienal Tropical organized in Loíza, Puerto Rico, by Pablo León de la Barra (2011) ; in the international performance festival Independence-Pop in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (2010) and to the 2d Biennial of Young Art in Moscu, Russia (2010). The artist was selected for the 3rd Bucharest Biennial Being Here : Mapping the contemporary in 2008 in Macedonia.

His work was presented in the art fairs Arteaméricas, Miami in 2012 ; Zona MACO, Mexico (2011) ; Beijing Art Fair, Beijing, China (2010) ; CIRCA in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2007-2010) and in the Zones Art Fair in Miami (2007).

He was one of the artists selected for the Landings projects – curated by Joan Durán – Landings 9 in Tai Pei, Taiwan (2008) ; Landings 7 in Havana, Cuba (2007) and Landings 5 at the Art Museum of the Americas of Washington (2007).


Karlo Andrei Ibarra’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions : 

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of San José in Costa Rica, Central American Museum of Video Art of San José in Costa Rica, Turabo University Art Museum in Gurabo in Puerto Rico and the collection Cisneros Fontanals in Miami, USA.


His work was rewarded by several prizes, including – amongst others – the 1st Prize of the 6th Central American Video Art and Digital Art Competition, Inquieta Imagen, at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of San José in Costa Rica, in 2011.

Karlo Andrei Ibarra was also recipient of the jury prize for the Video Art Festival, Optic Nerve XIII at the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami in 2011 ; an honorific mention for the 2d context of young art of the Oriental Group Bank in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2009 and the 1st Prize in Painting at the Art Museum of Puerto Rico in 2002.

Artworks by the artist

Karlo Andrei Ibarra | Slippery Governement

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Karlo Andrei Ibarra | Continental

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Karlo Andrei Ibarra | Discursos / Speeches

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