Los Carpinteros: Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes (b. 1971)  and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sanchez (b. 1969)

The Havana-based collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) has created some of the most important work to emerge from Cuba in the past decade. Formed in 1992, the trio (consisting of Marco Castillo, Dagoberto Rodríguez) adopted their name in 1994, deciding to renounce the notion of individual authorship and refer back to an older guild tradition of artisans and skilled laborers. Interested in the intersection between art and society, the group merges architecture, design, and sculpture in unexpected and often humorous ways. They create installations and drawings which negotiate the space between the functional and the nonfunctional. The group’s elegant and mordantly humorous sculptures, drawings and installations draw their inspiration from the physical world—particularly that of furniture. Their carefully crafted works use humor to exploit a visual syntax that sets up contradictions among object and function 
as well as practicality and uselessness.

For Los Carpinteros, drawing has played an integral role as a mock technical draft or form of a blue print that suggests not only a process of artistic elaboration but also a form of architectural or carpentry plans.

Los Carpinteros’s works are part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria; and the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico. They have been the subject of solo exhibitions globally at institutions such as Matadero, Madrid, Spain; Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and Es Baluard: Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Palma, Mallorca, Spain. They have participated in U.S. exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art in General, New York; Artists Space, New York; and Arizona State University, Pheonix, Arizona. Los Carpinteros are the subject of a monograph recently published by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, which gives a comprehensive insight into their artistic practices from 2003-2010.

During Art Basel Miami Beach in 2012, Los Carpinteros presented Güiro, a highly acclaimed art bar installation produced in collaboration with Absolut Art Bureau.

Los Carpinteros
Havana, 1992

Past Exhibitions

The Non Community

CentroCentro 26/10/2018 — 27/01/2019

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Los Carpinteros: Susurro del Palmar

Peter Kilchmann
09/06/2018 — 27/07/2018

Los Carpinteros: Vital Object

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro (CCBB)
03/05/2017 — 02/08/2017

Uma Canção para o Rio (parte 2)

18/02/2017 — 25/03/2017

Solo Shows

Objeto Vital, Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil (CCBB), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Los Carpinteros. Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Lisboa, Portugal
Objeto Vital. Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil (CCBB), Belo Horizonte, Brasil


Objeto Vital. Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil (CCBB), Brasilia, Brasil
Conga Irreversible. Galería Macchina. Escuela de Arte, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Objeto Vital. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Sao Paulo, Brasil
Video Project Space: Los Carpinteros. Grand Central Art Center. Santa Ana, California, USA
Catedrales. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Havana, Cuba
Los Carpinteros. MUAC, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Mexico DF, Mexico
Artists’ Space Los Carpinteros. Museum Folkwang. Essen, Germany


Los Carpinteros. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, MARCO. Nuevo León, Mexico
Los Carpinteros. Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. London, United Kingdom

Group Shows

Cuba and The Bahamas. Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, Leipzig, Alemania
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, EUA
No Place Like Home, Los Carpinteros. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Wild Noise. The Bronx Museum of The Arts, New York, USA
Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
A Song for Rio. Carpintería. Rio de Janeiro. Brazil
South-South: Let me Begin Again. Goodman Gallery. South Africa

Inmobiliario. Galería Habana, La Habana, CubaComplicated Beauty: Contemporary Cuban Art. Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA
Cuba.Tatuare la storia. PAC, Padiglione d´Arte Contemporanea. Milano, Italy.
Crossing Media: Good Space – Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces. Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
Cuba Libre – Cuban contemporary positions since Peter Ludwig. Ludwig Museum. Koblenz, Germany
Weird and Wonderful. From the Olbricht Collection. Museum Folkwang. Essen, Germany
La madre de todas las artes. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. Havana, Cuba
Almost Secrets. Drawers between art and design. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Milan, Italy
Atopia. Migration, Heritage and Placelessness. Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection. Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, MAMBO. Bogota, Colombia
Iconocracia. Imagen del poder y poder de las imágenes en la fotografía. Centro de Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas, Spain

The Globe. Installation for the V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries. Victoria and Albert Museum. London, United Kingdom
Sean Kelly X Chrome Hearts. Chrome Hearts, Miami, Florida, USA
A Sense of Place: Selections from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Mana Wyndwood Convention Center. Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Havana Country of birth: Cuba Date of birth: 1992