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 Carlos Enriquez-Gonzalez  (1968 - )

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Lived/Active: Venezuela      Known for: sculpture, photography, installation, video

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Carlos Enriquez-Gonzalez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1968. He studied at the “ School of Visual Arts Cristóbal Rojas ” (1989, Caracas ), later he took some courses at the “Art Student League of New York” (2001, New York , NY ), and a Master on Practice and Review of the contemporary visual representation systems, at the (IUESAPAR) “University Institute of Higher Education on Plastic Arts Armando Reverón” (2002, Caracas ) .

His work goes from sculpture, installations, photography, 3D animation and video art to a reflection of existence and life as a way to state a new perceptive path through images and symbols that evoke from the grotesque to the sublime, from the childish to the sacred, a sort of confrontation with the spectator which motivates to question himself from the symbolic connections that the artist proposes in his work but in an underlying and unconscious manner.

Among the materials used by the artist for his work are: fiber glass, plastic, automotive paint, crystal, gold, platinum, diamond, metal, raw meat, connecting an aesthetic three-dimensional finish with more organic materials.

Mushrooms, eyes, monsters, brains, human parts, sacred elements, sexual organs are some of the symbols that refer to the artist’s intimate world in which also blend some of his concerns, energy, power, intuition, parallel worlds, multidimensionality, tunnels of time, all this reflected in his work represented in a provocative and transgressor mode.

In the work Magical Vagina the artist intends to embody one of these ideas: vagina as the giver of life, a symbolic tunnel through which we can go from one world to another, birth, death, transformation.

In a world in which the culture of the phallic has been imposed and the vagina mistreated and denigrated to the point of  being seen as something vulgar or pornographic, arises the proposal of its vindication to take her to the same level of equality with the phallic symbol, its encephalic body and its standing posture point out the thinking presence, that feels, that observes its surroundings with her attentive eye and wants to be acknowledged, respected, “the vagina life giver, powerful, exists, feels, wants to be loved without having to hide, enables rebirth, generates life. I intend the confrontation with the free spectator, give him something that invites him to reflect about the theme on how this feminine organ has been mistreated and denigrated, because the vagina can connect us with the most pure, powerful and mysterious forces of the universe, God present? The vagina has been wounded for a long time, “skimmed blood””.

Selected Exhibitions:
2009   Mark and comrades, Group Show, Hyaku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. 

2009   Iconography of Mask,  Group Show,  Resistance Gallery,  London,  UK.

2009  Sincrónicas, Group Show,  Alejandro  Otero  Museum, Caracas, Venezuela.

2009   La Cosa;, Group Show, Barquisemto Museum, Barquisimeto, Venezuela. 

2008  The childhood Territory and Reality, (La niñez Territorio y Realidad) National Art Gallery ( Museum ) ( GAN ) Caracas, Venezuela. 

2007   Group Show Sincrónicas, Arte Joven Venezolano, Center of Art, Matanzas, Cuba.

2007 ToyKarma, invited Artist with Japanese and USA graphic designers, Rotofugi Gallery, Chicago, USA.

2006 63 International Caribbean Biennial Arturo Michelena (Bienal internacional del Caribe Arturo Michelena), Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela.               

2006   Arte Americas Art Fair, Praxis Internacional Art Gallery, Miami, USA.
2005  30th Aragua’ s  Art Show Competition (30 Salón Nacional de Arte Aragua)                 
Contemporary Art Museum of Maracay, MACMA  (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Mario Abreu), Maracay,  Venezuela.

2005 Ibero-American Art Fair (Feria Iberoamericana de Arte) FIA, Invited Artist “Itinerarios/3D” in Trasnocho Cultural, Caracas, Venezuela.

2005 The Venezuelan Art in the Twenty first Century (Arte del Siglo XXI)  National Gallery of Art ( GAN ), Caracas, Venezuela.

2004 62th Arturo Michelena Visual Art Competition   (62 Salón Arturo Michelena), Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela.

2004 29th Aragua’ s  Art Show Competition (29 Salón Nacional de Arte Aragua) Contemporary Art Museum of Maracay, MACMA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Mario Abreu),  Maracay,  Venezuela.

2003 6th Pirelli Young Artists Art Show Competition (VI Salón Pirelli Jóvenes Artistas), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia Imber MACCSI (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber), Caracas, Venezuela.

2003 61 International Caribbean Biennial Arturo Michelena (Bienal Internacional del Caribe Arturo Michelena), Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela.           

2003 2th   Art show  ExxonMobil,  National Art Gallery  (Galería de Arte Nacional), Caracas, Venezuela.

2002 Juan Lovera Art Show Competition   (Salón Juan Lovera), Banco Industria de Venezuela, Caracas , Venezuela.
2002 “FRIA” CABARET,  CELARG, Caracas, Venezuela.

Recognitions:        
2002 First Tridimensional Award  (Primer Premio Tridimensional), Juan Lovera art show  competition (Salón Juan Lovera), Caracas, Venezuela.

Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofia Imber) ( MACCSI ) Caracas, Venezuela.  
Private Collections in Tokyo-Japan, USA, Latin America, Europe.

 
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