Overview
Darío Escobar has a distinctive role in the Latin American contemporary art scene. The artist appropriates daily objects and pop cultural icons in his work, repositioning them in the world whilst inviting the public to reconsider their function. The use of different materials as support for the works, associated with references of historical periods, the insertion of colonial baroque and constructivist elements for instance, give the objects new meanings. The artist plays with concept and context, he creates a particular version of the ready-made. 
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Darío Escobar (1971, Guatemala City. Lives and works in Guatemala City). 

Selected solo exhibitions: Tras la huella de la serpiente roja, Fundación ArtNexus, Estudios las Nieves, Bogota, Colombia (2019); La ironía de la coincidencia, Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (2019); Lines of Flight: Dario Escobar, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA (2018); Dario Escobar: Órbitas imperfectas, Galeria the 9.99, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2017); Composições, Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Broken circle, CAFAM Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA (2014); Dario Escobar: Blacksmith Paintings, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA (2013). 

Selected group exhibitions: Emerge Selections 2020, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2020); Al Filo de la Navaja, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2020); El ordem material de las cosas, Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (2019); As many reps as possible, The Naughton Gallery, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland (2019); The World's Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, USA; Transformers: New Contemporary Latin American Sculpture, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, EUA (2018); Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 - Present, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA(2017). 

Awards: Prêmio Nacional de Artes Plásticas Carlos Mérida (2020). 

Public collections: The Arts Council of The Municipality of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago do Chile, Santiago, Chile; and La Fundación/Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico, among others.

 

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