Biography

MIGUEL ANGEL RÍOS  (b. 1943, Catamarca, Argentina)

Miguel Angel Ríos studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to New York in the 1970s to escape the military dictatorship in Argentina. He subsequently relocated to Mexico and now divides his time between the U.S. and Mexico.

In his work, Ríos pairs a rigorous conceptual approach with a meticulously constructed, often handmade aesthetic. Since the 1970s, he has made work about the concept of the "Latin American," using this idea as both an artistic strategy and a political problem. In the 1990s, he began creating a series of maps, which he carefully folded and pleated by hand. Marking the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of the Americas, the maps indicate long histories of power and colonial experience, and they reference traditional indigenous arts in the Americas, including the Andean quipu.  

Since the early-2000s, Ríos has also delved into the medium of video to create symbolic narratives about human experience, violence, and mortality. His videos of spinning tops--trompos--use the childhood game of tops as a backdrop for a meditation on the transience of life, and the mechanics of power. In his 2012 Untitled video from The Ghost of Modernity, Ríos references high Modernism--with direct nods to John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Donald Judd--in the midst of the Mexican desert. "Is this ghostly geometric figure a lens through which the world can be reinterpreted?" the artist asks. "Or is it the paradigmatic principle of modernist thought that organizes the world around it? Are we inside or outside the cube? " 

Miguel Angel Rios’ works are represented in several major collections including Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, "la Caixa", Barcelona, Spain; Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA; Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA and the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

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"...I make visible the violent moment in which we live, where we feel that life has no value. It is competition, power, violence, and chaos. The viewer may choose to identify with the powerful or with the vulnerable..."

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017

Miguel Angel Rios:  A Morir (To the Death) Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC USA

 

Miguel Angel Rios: Neither Colour, nor height, MUCEM, Marseilles, France 

 

Miguel Angel Rios: Acirema, No es agua Ni Arena la Orilla del Mar, Espaivisor Galeria Visor, Valencia Spain

2015

Landlocked, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

 

Endless, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

2013

Folding Borders, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

 

Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico

2012

Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France

 

Miguel Angel Ríos: Walkabout, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (with exhibition catalogue)

2011

Miguel Angel Ríos, Alonso Garces Galeria, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Mecha, Nederlans Instituut voor Mediakunst, The Netherlands

2010

Miguel Angel Ríos, Galeria Andres Millan, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand

2009

Miguel Angel Ríos, Malba-Fundacíon Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

On The Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris, France

 

Crudo, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008

A Morir, Sala de Arte Contemporáneo, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

 

Aquí, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

 

Crudo, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA

 

White Suit, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2007

Aquí, Ex-convento de Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico; Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston, Houston, TX and EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

On The Edge, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy and ARCO, Madrid, Spain

 

Fuego Amigo, Ex-convento de la Natividad, Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico

 

A Morir, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

 

Aquí, Galeria Milan Antonio, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Concentrations 49: Miguel Angel Ríos, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

2006

Serie Homenaje a Robert Mapplethorpe, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico

 

On The Edge, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

 

Miguel Angel Ríos: Love, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

2005

Love, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

2004

A Morir, Art Unlimited, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Art Basel, Switzerland

2003

Miguel Angel Ríos, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

 

Ni me busques…no me encuentras, White Box, New York, NY

 

A Morir, Artists Space, New York, NY

2002

Ni me busques…no me encuentras, Basel Art Unlimited, Project Room, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Basel, Switzerland

2001

El viaje del botanista, Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela

1999

Manhattan Códice, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico and John Weber Gallery, New York, NY

1998

Los Vientos del Sur, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1995

Miguel Angel Ríos, Wohn Maschine Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY

1993

Así en la tierra como en el cielo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY

1992

Miguel Angel Ríos, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Gallery Der Brucke, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Miguel Angel Ríos, Gallery Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico

 

Miguel Angel Ríos: El juego y el dolor, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

1991

Miguel Angel Ríos, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY and ARCO, Madrid, Spain

1989

Miguel Angel Ríos, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY

1988

Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

1984

Allen/Wincor Gallery, New York, NY

1983

Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with exhibition catalogue)

1980

Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with exhibition catalogue)

Selected Public Collections

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA

Cisneros Fontalnals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Isabel y Augustín Coppel

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA


Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, "La Caixa", Barcelona, Spain

Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain

Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

21 C Museum Hotel, Lexington, KY, USA

The Art, a Hotel, Denver, CO, USA