Sol Calero

Born in Caracas, 1982 and lives in Berlin, Germany

Sol Calero’s work revolves around the notions of ancestry, culture, and the transformation of meaning that visual symbols can undergo in society.
Implementing a wide range of media into her practice, Calero not only utilises traditional methods of art-making such as painting and drawing, but also experiments with found objects, fabric works, and site-based practices. She is interested in reflecting on the ambiguity of cultural signs, and how meanings can proliferate and change. Her work is concerned with the connotations that icons acquire in a political and societal context, and how this can affect themes of gender and identity.
Calero’s artistic creations are vibrant and tactile. Although at first impression they can appear bright and playful, they simultaneously broach serious political themes. This is illustrated in her vivid canvases of fruit. Intrinsically connected to Carmen Miranda, the popular Brazilian dancer and film star, these paintings are used to demonstrate how visual symbols can undermine the immediate aesthetic pleasure that is felt when first viewing the image. Through an appropriation of Latin American culture in the mid-twentieth century, the USA attempted to create an idealistic and utopian image of the countries therein that was connotative of an exotic paradise. This was done in part to reap the economic benefit from a proposed pan-American alliance. Calero’s practice scrutinises this marginalisation.

Sol Calero: The Clay Ship
The Venezuelan artist creates complex site-specific installations composed of sculptures, textiles, and found objects
10 Oct 2020 - 21 May 2021
Copenhagen Contemporary
Sol Calero: La Escuela del Sur
La Escuela del Sur is a major new commission by Venezuelan-born artist Sol Calero, and her largest exhibition...
09 Oct 2015 - 06 Dec 2015
Studio Voltaire
Courtesy of SALTS
A presentation of fine works, editions and objects by friends of SALTS. All pieces are for sale and will...
12 Dec 2015 - 29 Jan 2016
Sol Calero: Solo Pintura
Laura Bartlett presents a solo exhibition of new work by Sol Calero (b. 1982, Caracas), dedicated, as...
23 Sep 2016 - 13 Nov 2016
Laura Bartlett
Sol Calero: Tente en el aire
This is the first solo show in Portugal by Sol Calero (Caracas, Venezuela, 1982). On the occasion, Calero...
15 May 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Kunsthalle Lissabon
Sol Calero: Sensory Spaces 15
Within the series Sensory Spaces, artist Sol Calero created the installation “El Patio”,...
13 Oct 2018 - 13 Jan 2019
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Sol Calero: El Autobús
Sol Calero (born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1982) employs a wide range of media in her practice such as found...
13 Jun 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Tate Liverpool
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