Collective founded in 1992 in Havana, Cuba
Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes, *1971
Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez, *1969
Live between Madrid and Havana, work with sculpture, drawing and mixed media
About the Work
Even though their name translates as “the carpenters”, Los Carpinteros’ artistic practice by far exceeds the realm of craft. Verging between architecture and conceptual art, large-scale sculpture and delicate water colours, the work of the Cuban collective works blends the formalist with the political and the serious with the absurd.
Los Carpinteros merge different architectures or political symbols into each other, so that something new can emerge – a different meaning, a third way of seeing things. They combine a prototypical US barbeque grill with the national emblem of Cuba, the communist star, to create a twisted, funny, yet highly politically charged hybrid. Or they build cupboards in the form of Havana’s high rises like the former Sovjet embassy. “Creation,” Los Carpinteros once said in an interview, “is an allergic reaction to reality”.