Collective founded in 1992 Havana, Cuba
Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes, Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez and Alexandre Arrechea Jesus Zambrano (left in 2003) are the Cuban founders of the collective living and working between Havana and Madrid and have created some of the most important work to emerge from Latin America in the past decade. Merging architecture, design, and sculpture, their elegant and mordantly humorous work negotiates between the functional and the nonfunctional, drawing inspiration from the physical world—particularly that of architectural constructions; cities, buildings, and swimming pools. ‘Edifico Rio-Mar’ shown here is a large-scale reproduction of the infamous luxury apartment building in Havana that is now almost derelict. At a time when Cuba was introduced to the International Art World, in part by the birth of the Havana Biennial, the collective has had much success with many solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, the UK (V&A, Parasol unit), Hong-Kong. Their work is held by many major Museums, Foundations and important private collections around the world including MOMA, New York, The Tate, London, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.