Mariana Monteagudo is a Miami based Venezuelan artist who has been working her series of doll sculptures over the last decade. Her latex, ceramic and mixed-media dolls are intriguing and fascinating. Her artwork shows interest in a wide range of expressions , from the pre-Columbian aesthetics, to fashion , tv pop culture, Japanese manga and mass-market toys.
Muñecas (Dolls) is the generic term Monteagudo uses to describe her creations since 1998. With them, the artist has received important awards and exposure, and her pieces have been featured in solo and group shows and fairs in Madrid, Miami, Chicago, Aruba, Caracas, New York, Sao Paulo, and other venues. Her unusual characters have attracted the attention of many critics and her work is part of the MOLAA Museum in California, Everson Museum, NY, Cesar Gaviria Trujillo Collection, Colombia, among other contemporary art collections.
Selected solo and group Exhibitions:
2012 HUMANOID , Galería El Museo, Bogotá
2010 NARCISSUS MIRROR solo show, Galería el Museo,Bogota
2008 ARTEAMERICAS ART FAIR, Miami, USA
2008 CIRCA Art Fair 08, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
2007 CIRCA Art Fair 07, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
2007 ARTEAMERICAS ART FAIR, Miami, U.S.A.
2006 SELF PORTRAITS Galería el Museo, Bogotá.
2005 RECENT WORK AccessArt Gallery, Aruba.
2004 POP Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.
2004 SOLO SHOW, Galería Fernando Pradilla Madrid Spain
2002 SOLO SHOW, Galería el Museo, Bogotá, Colombia.
2002 ICONS IDOLS Sala Mendoza, Caracas.
2001 CREATURES Galería Fernando Pradilla Madrid, Spain.
2013 LOCAL CRIT GROUP SHOW/ Mike Margulies Artist Agency, Ft Lauderdale, Fl, USA.
2013 NUEVAS FUNDACIONES GROUP SHOW / Miami Fl, USA.
2012 SP arte Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011 MEMORIA 10th anniversary exhibition, Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain.
2010 Polimorfos Perversos, Galeria fernando Pardilla, Madrid, Spain.
210 Ellas Crean, Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain
2009 ARTBO, art fair, Bogotá, Colombia
2008 SCOPE Art Fair Hamptons, New York, U.S.A.
2008 ART Rotterdam 08 Witzenhausen Gallery, Rotterdam Netherlands.
2005 ARCO art Fair, Gallery FernandoPradilla, Madrid, Spain
2004 TBA ART CHICAGO, Chicago Illinois, USA.
2004 ARCO ART FAIR 2004, Madrid Spain.
2003 8 TH HAVANNABIENALE 2003, la Habana, Cuba
2003 TBA ART CHICAGO, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
2003 FERIA ARCO, Madrid, Spain.
MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, California, USA
Everson Museum Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.
Robert Loder Collection, Chairman of the Triangle Arts Trust, London England.
Pedro Muñoz Marín Collection, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
César Gaviria Trujillo Collection , Colombia.
Magaly Cannizzaro de Capriles Collection, Caracas Venezuela.
Banco Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela.
Colección Luís Gutiérrez Puerto Rico, USA.
Back in 1998 I started to make a group of small statuettes with plaster, ceramic, cloth and wax, among other materials.
They came out very spontaneously, and had a strong and unsettling look.
They spoke by themselves with a loud voice, without prejudices or preconceptions...
the creative process was, and has been natural and intuitive. These characters come from an inner passion I can't quite describe with words, they come from the guts...