b. 1974, Spain

Carlos Aires Biography

Carlos Aires (b. 1974, Ronda, Málaga) is a multidisciplinary artist internationally recognised for his critical vision of today's society and for his research into the representations of power. Approaching his work means opening ourselves to the possibility of a language where antagonistic elements coexist; perversion, passion, catastrophe, party, violence, desire, suffering, and death; a playful and tragic space where there is a notorious and unexpected equivalence between pain and pleasure.

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Although inspired by personal experiences and obsessions, he pays special attention to the shock effect produced by contradictory and/or absurd truths that make up the conceptual fabric of our everyday fictions. He gives a semantic twist to the icons and values established by society; he re-contextualises objects, raw materials and traditions that he extracts from the great detritus of contemporary culture (vinyl records, banknotes, crockery, knives, sculptures, archive photographs, etc.); he uses the trompe l'oeil technique as a strategy to dazzle the viewer and play with his or her imaginary. His deeply conceptual work can be understood as a detailed reflection on the emerging dynamics of contemporary global culture.

After graduating in Fine Arts from the University of Granada, he furthered his training abroad, mainly in Holland, Belgium and New York, where he was quickly recognised as one of the contemporary artists with the greatest international projection. After fourteen years he returned to Spain in 2009 and set up his studio in Madrid, where he has recently promoted the Mala Fama project. He has received important awards such as Generation 2008 from Caja Madrid, and the Pont Museum Prize in Holland. He is also the first Spanish artist to receive one of the most important national awards in Belgium: Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge in 2005.

He has participated in numerous exhibitions in national and international institutions, such as: Le Delta (Namur), CAC (Málaga), MACBA (Barcelona), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (USA), Imperial Belvedere Palace (Vienna), Maison Particulière Art Centre (Brussels), BB6 Bucharest International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Bucharest), 5th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico City), Pabellón de L'Exile (Paris), Palazzo Riso-Arte Contemporaneo Museum of Palermo (Sicily), De Bond Museum (Brugge), Museum of Contemporary Art Canada (Montreal), among others.

His work can be found in important public collections, among them: CAAC (Spain), Banco de España (Spain), ARTIUM (Spain), MACBA (Spain), Fondation Francès (France), ARTER (Turkey), CAC (Spain), Maison Particulière (Belgium), Museum Biedermann (Germany), Progress Art, (Saudi Arabia), Caja Madrid Collection (Spain), National Belgium Bank (Belgium), 21c Museum (USA), MAK (Austria), MAK (Austria), MAK (Austria), MAK (Germany), MAK (Austria), MAK (Austria). USA), MAK (Austria, Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Space Collection (Belgium), CA2M (Spain), Les Abattoirs-FRAC Occitanie (France), Benetton Foundation (Italy).

Text courtesy Sabrina Amrani.

Carlos Aires Featured Artworks

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Money Makes The World go Round VIII (Lizard Edition) by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Carlos Aires Money Makes The World go Round VIII (Lizard Edition), 2013–2022 Original banknotes from the 30 richest countries in the world (based on GDP), cardboard, golden pins, passepartout, and gold leaf covered wooden frame
124 x 174 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Je t'aime moi non plus by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Carlos Aires Je t'aime moi non plus, 2022 Cotton archival photo paper, golden pins, and cardboard in gold leaf covered wooden frame with anti-reflective museum glass
160 x 120 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
My Way by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork print
Carlos Aires My Way, 2019 Cotton archival photo paper, golden pins, and cardboard in gold leaf covered wooden frame with anti-reflective museum glass
152.5 x 103.5 x 6 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Carte d'Or by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Carlos Aires Carte d'Or, 2021 Aluminium chains of different colours
420 x 325 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Disasters Series by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, print
Carlos Aires Disasters Series, 2013-2021 Digital print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper, original banknote, cardboard, passepartout, hand-dyed wooden frame with antireflective museum glass
25 x 33 x 3.5 cm
Zilberman Gallery Enquire
Welcome Series by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, print
Carlos Aires Welcome Series, 2019-2021 Digital print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper, original banknote, cardboard, passepartout, hand-dyed wooden frame with antireflective museum glass Dimensions variable
Zilberman Gallery Enquire
Disasters Series by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, print
Carlos Aires Disasters Series, 2013-2021 Digital print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper, original banknote, cardboard, passepartout, hand-dyed wooden frame with antireflective museum glass
25 x 33 x 3.5 cm
Zilberman Gallery Enquire
Fly me to the moon, 'Songs for times of crisis' series by Carlos Aires contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Carlos Aires Fly me to the moon, 'Songs for times of crisis' series, 2021 Print on cotton paper, golden pins, passepartout, hand-painted wooden frame, antireflective museum glass
122 x 148.5 x 9 cm
Zilberman Gallery Enquire

Carlos Aires Represented By

Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Istanbul, Turkey
Zilberman Gallery Berlin, Istanbul

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