Adrián Villar Rojas

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Biography

Within his work there is often a sense of crumbling humanity; a futuristic culture come and gone.

Adrián Villar Rojas was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1980. He lives and works nomadically. Villar Rojas is best known for his large-scale, site-specific sculptural installations. Within his work there is often a sense of crumbling humanity; a futuristic culture come and gone. Villar Rojas’ works combine the daunting scale of conventional public sculptures with an unstable fragility, reminding his viewers of the ephemerality of even the most imposing structures. His work demonstrates its own temporality, offering—at the risk of its own oblivion—a representation of the transitory nature of all things. 

Villar Rojas has been the recipient of numerous awards including Sharjah Biennial Prize, awarded by the Sharjah Art Foundation (2015), The Zurich Art Prize at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv (2013); the 9th Benesse Prize in the 54th Venice Biennale, (2011); the Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe Scholarship for Young Artists (2006); and the first prize in the Bienal Nacional de Arte de Bahía Blanca at the Contemporary Art Museum of Bahía Blanca, Argentina (2005).

Recent solo exhibitions have been shown at the Tank Shanghai, China (2019); the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada (2018); The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); NEON Foundation at Athens National Observatory, Athens (2017); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2017) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2017); the Moderna Museet, Sweden (2015); the Serpentine Gallery, London (2013); the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2013); and the Musée de Louvre, Paris (2011).

Participation in international group exhibitions include the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2018); 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); 12th Bienal de La Habana, La Habana (2015); Sharjah Biennial 12, Kalba (2015); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel and Kabul (2012) and 54th International Art Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia, Argentina’s National Pavilion, Venice (2011).

Within his work there is often a sense of crumbling humanity; a futuristic culture come and gone.

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