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b. 1961, Spain

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Biography

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (born 1961 in Madrid) is a conceptual artist working across media to create works that challenge our notions of the political and the cultural. His work is occupied with the attempt to understand forces and systems that continuously drive forward the transformation of our world including social phenomena as well as phenomena of the natural world. Whether it is in sculpture, film or photography, his work presents a moment of change, conversion, and transformation. Consistently, people become the starting point for Manglano’s thought process. Often collaborating with scientists, architects, writers, and composers, the artist creates technically complex and systematically aesthetic objects. Earlier works primarily delved into social aspects such as migration and immigration, ethnicity and increasing urban development. His most noted films must include Le Baiser/The Kiss

(1999), Climate (2000) and Alltagszeit (2001), focusing on the architecture of Mies van der Rohe and the effects of modernism.

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Recently his work has been centered around genomic and meteorological aspects, discussing questions on race, identity, and the potential and moral ambiguities of modern technology such as genetic engineering, astrophysics or the use of computers in contemporary architecture. By using this form of technology – assuming that they are already a part of contemporary culture – and implementing them into artwork, Manglano-Ovalle turns our attention to the way information is spread and manipulated, how history is represented through objects and images, and how metaphysical forces shape contemporary life.

Notable recent solo exhibitions include The Power Plant, Toronto (2011), MASS MoCA North Adams, MA (2010), Berkeley Museum of Art, CA (2009), Sala Parpalló in Valencia, Spain (2009), The Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2005), Museum Haus Esters and Haus Lange, Krefeld (2005), El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2004), Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundación La Caixa, Madrid (2003), and Barcelona Pavilion, Fundación Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona (2002).

Manglano-Ovalle took part in many group exhibitions, among Documenta 12 (2007), Liverpool Biennial (2004; 2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2002; 2003), MoMA (2002) and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (2000).

He has received numerous awards including a United States Artists Guthman Fellowship (2011), a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009), and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award (2001), as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1995). 

Manglano-Ovalle lives and works in Chicago.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Featured Artworks

Bird in Space (silver carbon) by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork sculpture
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Bird in Space (silver carbon), 2013 Carbon fiber, kevlar, epoxy, H beam, steel
280 x 58 x 58 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Bird in Space (black carbon) by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork sculpture
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Bird in Space (black carbon), 2013 Aluminium, carbon fiber, epoxy, H beam steel
280 x 58 x 58 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Drawings for Phantom Truck by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork print
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Drawings for Phantom Truck, 2007 Set of 4 giclée prints
76 x 76 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Phantom (Truck Hidden in Kassel), Germany by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork print
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Phantom (Truck Hidden in Kassel), Germany, 2007 C-print (laminated skull non-glare plexi)
83 x 78 x 6 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Black Jack by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork sculpture
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Black Jack, 2006 Carbon fiber and aluminium
480 x 350 x 244 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Juggernaut by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork moving image
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Juggernaut, 2008 Super Double-X 16 mm black/white film digitised skull HD video projection
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Storm Prototype No.II by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle contemporary artwork sculpture
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Storm Prototype No.II, 2006 Fiberglass and aluminium alloy foil
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery

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