Exhibition: Sabor y Control Artists

VAP 2021-Q1

Artist Biographies:

Catalina Andonie 

Catalina Andonie (Santiago, 1989) is an interdisciplinary artist with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2017), where she worked as an assistant for the Printmaking I course of study. At the same time, she pursued extension courses in printmaking at the same university.  She participated in Eugenio Dittborn’s workshop in 2010 and Livia Marin’s workshop in 2012.  She’s had solo exhibitions at  Sagrada Mercancía (Santiago), where she presented En la Intemperie (2012) and Ceguera (2018). She has been a part of group shows at  Palacio Cousiño (2020), Ciudad Sísifo for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) (2014), CHACO (2020), ARTLIMA (2019), Centro Cultural MATTA (2019), Studio Block M74 (CDMX), OMA Galería (2019, 2020) and the Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI) Premio MAVI/Minera Escondida (2015) where she was awarded with an honorable mention.   For two years she was Director of the art gallery Salón Andonie launched in 2016, showcasing international artists for Días Ejemplares: La Causa H.R. (2017) and Chilean artists for Might Be (2016.) Today she is preparing individual and collective shows for MAVI, Museo de Artes Decorativas, Museo Precolombino and Galería Gabriela Mistral.  

Mariajosé Argenzio

Maria José Argenzio (Guayaquil, 1977).  Lives and works in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Having obtained a Master’s degree from Goldsmiths College, Argenzio has since become one of the most distinctive voices within Contemporary Latin American Art. In 2012 Vanguardia Magazine selected her as one of the 12 most relevant female Ecuadorian artists. She was selected as Ecuador’s representative for the IX and XIII editions of the Cuenca Bienniale, and the X edition of the Nicaragua Bienniale. Argenzio has exhibited at the CAC of Quito, Espacio KB in Bogotá, the Amparo Museum of Puebla, the MUAC in CDMX, Centro Cibeles in Madrid, Cervantes Institute of London, MAC in Lima, Fundación Lugar a Dudas in Cali, MOLAA in Long Beach and the MAAC in Guayaquil, among others. In 2013, she participated in the LARA program in Cuzco and in 2015 she was a part of the residency program at the Caja Blanca Gallery in Mallorca, Spain.

Básica TV 

Formed in 2012 in Montevideo, this trio of young artists owes its name to conventional modes of appreciating TV culture: it is shallow, it is superficial, it is basic. Taking as point of departure the infamous surface of media spectacle, Basica TV deploys irony, parody and hyperbole in what could be understood as ideological critique but should be praised as commitment to utopia. Their videos, photographs and installations work as displaced mimesis of mass culture forms and tropes; hallucinatory and deranged Xerox copies that illuminate the political potentialities that remain invisible, but treasured, in those materials that formatted the collective dreams of late capitalism. Driven by childlike enthusiasm and queer irreverence, Basica TV resume thus the task of their ancestresses, the three fairies in “Sleeping Beauty”: to help to imagine, and hopefully realize, a future that has long been promised. 

Jose Castrellón 

José Castrellón is a New York-based photographer from Panamá. His photographs have been featured in publications such as M Le Monde, De Morgen, Domus, Vice Spain, Esquire Russia, Fisheye Magazine, C International Photo; and in books from editorials such as Gestalten. His work has been exhibited in institutions such as the Tate Modern, London; Museo del Barrio, New York; the Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Museum of Art and Design, New York; LAXART, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy; the Medellín Art Museum, Medellín, Colombia; among others.

C.J. Chueca 

C.J. Chueca (Cecilia Jurado Chueca) lives between Lima and New York since 2003. She recently participated in “A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection” curated by Amethyst Rey Beaver and Eva Thornton at the Taubman Museum; and ¨Landmark¨ at KM0.2 in San Juan. She presented last year: “The Force of Water” with Latchkey Gallery at the Core Club NYC. In 2019 she had the solo show “Somos La Noche y El Día” at Vigil Gonzales Galería; and was part of “Crónicas Migrantes, Historias communes entre Perú y Venezuela” curated by Fabiola Arroyo at MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima. In 2018 she had the solo shows: “I am the river behind the wall” at Mulherin Gallery -Toronto; and “Dos Cielos Azules/Two Blue Skies” at ICPNA Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano for which she recently released a monograph with Meier Ramirez and VM& Studio.

C.J. Chueca is currently participating in Art Souterrain in Montreal.


Cotelito (CABA, 1983) studied Visual Art at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes and took the Artists Programme at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He has held solo exhibitions at different galleries across Argentina including at Moria Galería (2018) ; Piedras Galería (2017); Galería Atocha, Mundo Dios (2016); and the Centro Cultural Recoleta (2010). He won the Stimulus prize at the Salón Nacional de Rosario in 2019 and First Prize in the 12th National Competition for the Visual Arts run by the UADE in 2017. Collective exhibitions in which his work has featured include Geometría Pueblo Nuevo [New People Geometry], Piedras Galería (2018); La sonrisa del alma sin dientes [My Toothless Smile], Alimentación General (2018); Limonale, Künstlerhaus Vorwerk-stift, Germany (2018); Cuánto dura un minuto [The Length of a Minute], Museo del Libro y la Lengua (2015); Bienal de arte Joven de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires [City of Buenos Aires Young Art Biennial 2015], and Curriculum 0, Galería Ruth Benzacar (2008).

Lizania Cruz 

Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist, designer, and curator interested in how migration affects ways of being & belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2018-2019), Agora Collective Berlin (2018), Design Trust for Public Space (2018), Recess Session (2019), IdeasCity:New Museum (2019), Stoneleaf Retreat (2019), Robert Blackburn Workshop Studio Immersion Project (SIP)(2019), A.I.R. Gallery (2020-2021), BRIClab (2020-2021), and Center for Books Arts (2020-2021).

Her work has been exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center, BronxArtSpace, Project for Empty Space, ArtCenter South Florida, Jenkins Johnson Project Space, The August Wilson Center, Sharjah’s First Design Biennale, and Untitled, Art Miami among others. Furthermore, her artworks and installations have been featured in Hyperallergic, Fuse News, KQED arts, and the New York Times.

Gonzalo Hernández

Gonzalo Hernandez (b. 1991) studied at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Corriente Alterna and holds an M.F.A. and M.A. from the Savannah College of Arts and Design in Fibers and Painting. Recent solo and group exhibitions include, “Selections of Daily Practice: 2018-2021”, Vigil Gonzales galeria (2021); “):)”, SCAD Museum of Art, (2020); “F.F.A. Corp” – Hen House (2019); “Java”- La Vitrina de la Oficina m20 Hotel Savoy, Lima (2019); “Sorry Not Sorry: posiciones, disposiciones y oposiciones” – curated by Max Hernandez CCPUCP, Lima (2020); “Threaded” curated by Mark Newport and Maria-Elisa Heg , MCC Art Gallery, Arizona (2019) and “The Artist as Muse” Gutstein Gallery curated by Ariella Wolens and Ben Tollefson (2019). He was also part of the first Chuquimarca Residency, Chicago. Co-Founder of Abrir Galeria, an independent gallery project that focuses on Latin American young artists. Lives and works in Miami, Florida.

Karlo Andrei Ibarra 

For over 15 years Karlo Andrei Ibarra has worked with the concept of “repair” in his artistic practice. It allows him to investigate the dialectic between destruction and repair, in which repair is understood as a way of cultural resistance as well as a means for a society or a subject to reappropriate their history and identity. Born and raised in Puerto Rico (1982) with chilean father and uruguayan mother Ibarra studied painting in Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico. Karlo Andrei Ibarra also founded @km0.2 with Yiyo Tirado in 2015 an exhibition art space  for the exchange of ideas and discussions focusing on Caribbean and Latin American contemporary art practice.

He has exhibited his work in Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Germany, Rusia, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Taiwan, China, Romania, and cities as San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Boston among others. 

Héctor Madera 

The work of Héctor Madera arises from personal experiences and the observation of everyday situations in which the day-to-day struggle is reflected. Embarrassing situations, unfortunate circumstances and insignificant achievements are the inspiration of his artistic practice. Through different media ranging from collage, neon sculptures and large-scale paintings, Madera evokes emotional states that range from sadness and frustration, to ecstasy and joy.

His work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio (New York, USA); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de San Juan (San Juan, PR); Museo La Ene (Buenos Aires, AR); the Saatchi Gallery (London, UK) and the Taipei Fine Art Museum –TFAM (Taipei, TW), Km0.2 (San Juan, PR, 2020), Casa Equis (Mexico City, MX, 2020), SGR Galería (Bogota, CO, 2018), Galería Karen Huber (Mexico City, MX, 2018) 

He was a beneficiary of the Dave Brown Project Grant (2013); the Puffin Ltd. Teaneck Foundation Scholarship (New Jersey, USA, 2005) and the Lexus Scholarship for Artists (San Juan, PR, 2005). In addition, he was selected for the Solo Objects section of ARCO (Madrid, SP, 2013), Zona Maco in 2018 and 2020 (Mexico City, MX) amongst others.

He has an MFA from Brooklyn College (2011).

Booby M. Cruz 

Bobby M. Cruz López was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 26, 1984. He has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 2008 from the School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico where he majored in painting. Cruz is a contemporary multidisciplinary visual artist. His work encompasses drawings, painting, neon sculptures and installations inspired in the quotidian Puerto Rico life. Cruz’s work represents his own experiences and the Caribbean popular culture that surrounds him.

Raura Oblitas 

Raura Oblitas Jordan (1979) is a visual artist based in Lima, Peru. Her work includes drawing, sculpture, installation, site specific and public space projects. She holds a BA in visual Arts and a MA in Art History and Curatorial Practices from Pontifical Catholic University Peru. She has received fellowships and residencies from FLORA-Ars Natura in Colombia (2014), SOMA México (2017), Sculpture Space  NY  (2015) and Mana Contemporary Miami (2018). Her main solo exhibitions have been LOT (2019) MATE Museum, To Eat the Phlegm (2017) Biquini Wax, Soldiers of Love (2016) 80m2 gallery. 

Anna Parisi 

Anna Parisi is a visual artist born in Brazil. She received a BA in Communications from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School of Design in New York. Through her research, Anna explores ideas around blackness, creating artworks that oppose systemic racism and gesture at establishing a dialogue between diasporas. She is the recipient of the Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship (2020) and the Taller Creative Capital (2019). Anna has exhibited at EFA Project Space, La Mama, UrbanGlass, Smack Mellon, Wesbeth Gallery, Artigo Rio, Musée D’Elysee in Lausanne, amongst others. Anna currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Hernan Rivera Luque 

Hernán Rivera Luque was born in Santiago, Chile. He currently lives and works in New York City. His work has recently been shown in exhibitions at Galerie Rainboww, NY (2019) Museo del Barrio, NY (2017), Y Gallery, NY (2017), Foundation Hippocrène, Paris (2016), Die Ecke Gallery, Santiago, Chile (2016), The New School, NY (2014), and Gitana Rosa Gallery, NY (2012). His work has also been shown at Museo de la Memoria, Santiago, Chile; La Capella, Barcelona, Spain; Museo de Art Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile; and Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indígena, Uruguay. He is currently part of the Residency program of Painting Space 122 – Project Studio Program, NY(2020).

Roberto ‘Yiyo’ Tirado 

Roberto ‘Yiyo’ Tirade graduated in Design and Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico (EAPPR). In a general sense, the production of his works is based on territorial studies on the political, symbolic and aesthetic construction of public spaces in the Caribbean. In specific terms, the analysis model is directed mainly to the critical reflection of the landscape, architecture and how these concepts are related to the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Working in a multitude of mediums such as sculpture, engraving, painting, photography and installation, Tirado establishes work processes that put in tension the contemporary forms of colonialism and the different tourist economies that shape the territory at a representational and social level. In 2015 he founded the contemporary art space KM 0.2 with the artist Karlo Andrei Ibarra, with whom he directs the project space located in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan. Between 2018 – 2019 he was a fellow of “La Practica” at Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico) in . He has exhibited in various institutional spaces and countries such as: Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, the United States, Spain and the Dominican Republic. Among his individual and group exhibitions, the following stand out: Caribe Hostil (2020, El Lobi, San Juan Puerto Rico), Doble Vara Duo show with Karlo Andrei Ibarra (2019, Casa Quien, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana), Dislocaciones (2018, La Liga del Arte, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico), Caribbean Blues (2017, Mana Contemporary, Miami, Florida), Hipervisibilidad del paisaje (2016, Proyecto Local, San Juan Puerto Rico)

Tirado currently lives and works in Puerto Rico.