Los Carpinteros

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Havana-based artist collective Los Carpinteros creates work that investigates the intersection of art and society and often takes the form of architecture, design, sculpture and drawing. Los Carpinteros consisted of artists Marco Castillo, Dagoberto Rodriguez and, until 2003, Alexandre Arrechea. The group first adopted the name Los Carpinteros (“The Carpenters”) in 1991, choosing the collective name as a way of abandoning an individual artist persona for a more traditional collective laborer and artisan guild name. In recent years, the group has reached international success with exhibitions in countless countries. Last year, the artists exhibited with Galerie IN SITU in Paris, Unosunove in Rome and the USF Contemporary Art Center at South Florida University in 2005. Los Carpinteros has received awards from the Ministerio de Cultura and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), both in Havana. In 2004, the group’s exhibition with Anthony Grant Inc. in New York City was reviewed by Art in America magazine. Both current members of Los Carpinteros are graduates of the Superior Art Institute of Havana (ISA) (1994 and 1995) and continue to live and work in Havana, Cuba.

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