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Los Carpinteros | Cuba

Duo created in 1994, in Havana, Cuba.
Composed by Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (1971) and Marco Castillo Valdés (1969).
Live and work between Madrid, Spain & Havana, Cuba
Painting, sculpture

Utilisant une multiplicité de support pour ses œuvres (peinture, sculpture, installation, aquarelles…), le collectif cubain Los Carpinteros (c.à.d. Les Charpentiers) puise son inspiration dans l’architecture, le monde urbain, et les grandes villes.

Un thème récurrent dans son travail est d’explorer la contradiction entre un objet, sa représentation habituelle, et la fonction dont on l’a assigné avec l’utilisation artistique de cet objet banal détourné et affublé d’un nouveau sens, d’une nouvelle histoire.

Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez and Marco Castillo Valdés both graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) of Havana, respectively in 1994 and 1995.

The collective first was a trio, including Alexandre Arrechea – that now left Los Carpinteros to dedicate himself to his own individual career.

Individual exhibitions by Los Carpinteros

Los Carpinteros, Bola de Pelo at the Peter Kilchmann Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland (2013) ; Irreversible at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, USA (2013) ; Candela at Matadero in Madrid, Spain (2013) ; Los Carpinteros at the Faena Arts Center of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012) ; Silence Your Eyes at the Kunstmuseum of Thun, Switzerland (2012) ; Los Carpinteros at the Peter Kilchman Gallery in Zürich, Switzerland (2012) ; Los Carpinteros. Handwork-Constructing the World. Œuvres de la collection d’art contemporain Thyssen -Bornemisza at the Es Baluard Museu d´Art Modern i Contemporani in Palma, Spain (2011) ; Casa e Avião at the Galería Fortes Vilaça in São Paulo, Brazil (2011) ; Rumba Muerta at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, USA (2011) ; Drama Turquesa at the Ivorypress Art and Books in Madrid, Spain (2010) ; Los Carpinteros during the festival Estuaire Nantes-Saint-Nazaire in Saint-Nazaire, France (2007) ; the travelling exhibition Los Carpinteros: Inventing the World / Inventar el mundo (Chicago, Canada / 2005) and Fluido at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, Cuba (2003).

Collective exhibitions

Polityko: nie lubię cię, ale to ty mnie kochasz at the Laznia Center in Gdansk, Poland (2013) ; the travelling show Food : Reflections on Mother Earth, Agriculture and Nutrition in Geneva, Switzerland – Milan, Italy – São Paulo, Brasil – Marseille, France (2012-2013) ; Unsaid/spoken, Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros at CIFO in Miami, USA (2012) ; Caribbean Crossroads of the World inà New York, USA – 3 museums (2012-2013) ; Revolution Not Televised at the Bronx Museum of Arts in New York, USA (2012) ; Puntos de Fuga. Arquitecturas posibles at the Museo de Arte Moderno of Medellín, Colombia (2010) ; Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, USA (2009) ; Surrounded By Water: Contemporary Cuban Art at the Boston University Art Gallery in Boston, USA (2008) ; Espacios Multiplicados at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales of Havana, Cuba (2007) ; Recent Adquisitions: Contemporary Sculpture at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA (2004) or Drawing Now: Eight Propositions at the MoMA in New York, USA (2002).

Biennials, fairs

Los Carpinteros duo participated in several biennials as a collective, such as the Biennial of Venice, Italy ; Shanghai, China ; São Paulo, Brasil ; Praga, Czech Republic or Havana, Cuba (including the 11th edition in 2012).

Their work was featured in art fairs such as ARCOMadrid, Spain ; The Armory Show 2013 in New York, Arteamericas in Miami or Art Basel Miami, USA. In 2012, they presented 150 People in Art Basel, Switzerland.


Los Carpinteros’ artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions : Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France ; Cisneros Foundation in Miami, Farber Collection of Contemporary Cuban Art in Miami, MoMA in New York, USA ; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba ; Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain ; Tate Modern in London, UK and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Wien, Austria.


They received the Distinction for National Culture in 2011 by the Ministry of Cuban culture ; as well as the UNESCO prize for arts’ promotion (7th Havana Biennial, 2000, with the DUPP group).