MARIANA MONTEAGUDO'S FAKE IDOLS:
This is the beginning of a new stage in my work. I’m starting to investigate new materials such as hard latex and other synthetic derivatives, in a search that will certainly enrich my work and provide new languages or means of expression to my 10 years + career.
The work has been slowly unfolding a different spirit, more industrial, more hybrid, taking references from the memory of our generation.
Little heroes, versions of action figures, cartoon characters and Barbie dolls are the sources of inspiration. A look from the distance to the icons of our society, trying not to take them for granted, but showing a different side, sometimes dark and frightening.
The idea is that the viewer would be able to construct a sort of mental collage of associations derived from distinct territories and that he or she could feel familiar to as well as estranged by these images….
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, they come from the guts...
Selected solo and group Exhibitions:
2012 HUMANOID galeria El Museo, bogota
2012 SAO PAULO ART FAIR, SP ART, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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 ART WYNWOOD ART FAIR 2013 , Miami
2012 JUST MAD MIAMI art fair, Miami
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.