Kcho  (Cuban, 1970) 

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Kcho (Cuban, b.1970) is a world-renowned sculptor and mixed-media artist who has contributed to the Contemporary Art movement. Kcho was born in Alexis Leyva Machado on the Isle de la Juventud in Cuba. He obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the National School of Fine Arts in Havana. He was interested in drawing at a very young age, and his main influence was Bruce Nauman (American, b.1941). The majority of Kcho’s works are based on boat forms. He uses materials that are often scavenged from other sources, such as recycled bottles and old lumber from docks and boats. He grew up around water, so he took the pictures from his past and created images that honored the dead. He incorporated many Cuban icons and items from the daily culture into his sculptures.

Some of Kcho’s most notable works include Coluna Infinita, Las Playas Infinitas, and El Camino de la Nostalgia. In 1995, Kcho won the prestigious grand prize at South Korea's Gwangju Biennial, which presents a global perspective on Contemporary Art. In 1996, Kcho began to exhibit his work at the National Center for contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada. He also exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, Spain, and many other famous galleries and museums.

In 1992, Kcho was named a member of the Jury of the National Salon of the National Museum Palace of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba. In 1994, he received a scholarship by the Ludwig foundation of Cuba. The group presents award money to help promote and protect Contemporary Cuban artists. The following year Kcho received the UNESCO Prize for Promotion of the Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. His works are on permanent display in some of the most famous galleries and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, AZ, and the Walker Art Center in Minnesota. Kcho currently lives and works in Cuba.

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Kcho, Serie Columna Infinita. Ideas Fragmentadas

 

Kcho
Serie Columna Infinita. Ideas Fragmentadas
C-Art Gallery
Kcho, Columna infinita

 

Kcho
Columna infinita
2004

Moleiro's Gallery
Kcho, Circa

 

Kcho
Circa
2000

Moleiro's Gallery
Kcho, Untitled

 

Kcho
Untitled
Gallart.com
Kcho, Untitled

 

Kcho
Untitled
Tresart
Kcho, Untitled

 

Kcho
Untitled
Alvaro Aceves Galería
Kcho, Untitled

 

Kcho
Untitled
1994

Alonso Art
Kcho, Untitled

 

Kcho
Untitled
2006

Tresart
Kcho, S/T 11

 

Kcho
S/T 11
2004

Moleiro's Gallery
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Kcho, Bote

 

Kcho
Bote, 1996
bronze and pewter

 

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Kcho, Barco

 

Kcho
Barco, 1995
charcoal and gouache on paper

 

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Kcho, En el estudio del artista

 

Kcho
En el estudio del artista, 1994
pencil on paper

 

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1970   Born: in Nuena Gerona, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
1983 - 1986   Elementary Art School of Nueva Gerona, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
1986 - 1990   National Art School, Havana, Cuba
1990   Asociación de Hermanos Saíz Prize, Municipal Salón de Artes Plásticas, Galería de Arte Nueva Gerona, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
1991   Salón Nacional de Profesores de Esculas de Arte, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas de Artes y Diseño, Havana, Cuba
1992   Salón Nacional jury member, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
1994   Ludwig Foundation scholarship, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
1995   Grand Prize of the Kwang-Ju Biennial, Kwang-Ju, Korea
UNESCO Prize for Arts Promotion, Paris, France
1999   Residence Atelier Calder, Saché, France
2001   Cuban Shipment Prize, IV Biennial of the Caribbean, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2007   Honor Prize, Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba
2008   After hurricanes Gustav and Ike hit Isla de La Juventud, the artist founded the government supported Martha Machado Brigade, which carries his mother's name; the Brigade continues its relief work and cultural enrichment programs
  Lives and works in Havana, Cuba
2009   Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
10th Havana Biennal: Integration and Resistance in the Global Age, Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba
Aquí Estamos, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Colección Julian Viñas, La Casa de la Cultura “Jose Saramago” de Albacete, Albacete, Spain
El Papel en el Arte, La Casa Molino de Angel Gavinet, Granada, Spain
I Have a Dream: An International Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., The Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts, New York, NY
Text/Messages: Books by Artist, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MM
2008   Kcho: Cadena de reunificación familiar, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY (solo)
Latin American Masters, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY
Summer Show 2008, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Surrounded by Water: Expressions of Freedom and Isolation in Contemporary Cuban Art, Boston University Art Gallery: BUAG, Boston, MA
2007   El cuaderno del hombre de los pies de barro, Galeriá Juan Ruiz, Maracaibo, Venezuela (solo)
Retrasando lo inevitable, Galeriá Marlborough, Madrid, Spain (solo)
El viaje, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, Panamá City, Panamá (solo)
Homing Devices, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Ojos de Mar, Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban art from the Farber Collection, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Untitled, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy
Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Un Fair/trade, Die Kunst der Gerechtigkeit, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Il Futuro del Futurismo, GAMeC, Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
Out of Time, A Contemporary View, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Restos: Estudio Arteológico, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, MAC, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Le cinque anime della scultura, Cesac, Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy
Visiones del paraiso Utopias, Distopias, Heterotopias, Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Ojos de mar, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Raumfüller - Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Salzburg, Salzburg, Vienna
2006   Paso de los Vientos, Galeriá Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
La nave de Kcho, Saint Barbara Castle, Municipal Patronage of Alicante, Spain (solo)
Llegó el cubano, Galeriá Alonso Garces, Bogota, Colombia (solo)
Artamericas 2006, Galería Juan Ruiz, Maracaibo, Venezuela
5 x 5 = 25: Homage to the V Anniversary of the Jiribilla, Jose Marti Memorial, Havana, Cuba
Bienal de Canarias, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Bienal del Aire, Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
Sculpture Grande 06, Gallery Art Factory, Prague, Czech Republic
NEW Acquisitions: Latin America, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2005   Otras palabras, Fundación Arte y Naturaleza, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Kcho–Casa 5–Las Playas Infinitas, Kunsthalle Attersee, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Nueve pintores contemporáneos cubanos, Muelle Antonio I Exhibition Hall, Montecarlo, Monaco (solo)
Kcho, viajero inmóvil, Louis Carré et. Cie., Paris, France (solo)
Kcho, un hombre de isla, New World Museum, Houston, TX (solo)
Los animales, Galeriá Habana, Havana, Cuba
2004   Del lobo un pelo, Galería La Acacia, Havana, Cuba
Cita con ángeles, Memorial "José Martí", Havana, Cuba
Pocas palabras, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Zulia (Maczul), Maracaibo, Venezuela (solo)
Estudio Abierto, Galería Juan Ruiz, Maracaibo, Venezuela (solo)
Capacidad de asombro, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
Ideas rojas, ideas negras, Galería Spativm, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
Núcleos del tiempo, Galería Villa Manuela, Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, Havana, Cuba (solo)
2003   Contemporary Art Show, Playa Pesquero Hotel, Holguín, Cuba
Para Olvidar, Scenography for Santiago Feliú's concert, National Theatre, Havana, Cuba (solo)
A pocos metros del mar, Hotel Club Amigo Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba (solo)
Archipiélago, House 5, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Archipiélago, Galería Juan Ruiz, Maracaibo, Venezuela (solo)
Drawings, Galería Ambos Mundos Hotel, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Juguetes para Ícaro, Abanicos de dos mares : Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay
Change of Values:. Works from the ARCO Foundation Collection - EACC - Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellon de la Plana, Spain
Cuban Art from the Permanent Collection, ASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Aufgeschraubt und abgestaubt I: Die Sammlung im Prozess der Neupräsenation, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
2002   La Jungla, Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (solo)
El huracán, Museo de la Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
Kcho, el hijo de Martha, José Martí Memorial, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Una piedra en mi camino, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Los peligros del olvido, Galeriá Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile (solo)
ARCO 2002, Madrid, España Suite Europa 2002, Carpeta itinerante desarrollada por la Dirección General de la Secretaría de Estado para la cooperación Internacional y para Iberoamérica, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Madrid, Spain
2001   Piedras: Exhibition of Lithography and Engraving-2001, Taller Experimental de Graphica de la Havana, Cuba (solo)
Para Olvidar, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Kcho: Drawings, 106 Gallery, Austin, TX (solo)
En el mar no hay nada escrito, Galería Fundación Havana Club, Havana, Cuba
ARCO 2001, Madrid, Spain
Estructuras similares a los ojos de la Historia: I Bienal de Valencia, Spain
IV Bienal del Caribe: Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Caleidoscopio, Teatro Nacional, Havana, Cuba
Visiones de la Caridad, Museo de la Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2000   No me agradezcan el silencio, Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba (solo)
La Columna Infinita, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Klendario, Galería Joan Guaita, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
Kcho, André Viana Gallery, Oporto, Portugal (solo)
Kcho: Drawings, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Installations, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
ARCO 2000, Madrid, Spain
Over de Edges, Smak, Gante, Belgium
Resistencias, Kodo Mixelena, Donostia, San Sebastian
Diálogo entre islas, Bienal de La Havana, Cuba
1999   Kalder, CCC, Tours, France (solo)
Dapertutto Aperto Overall, Venice Biennal, Italy
Kunstvelten im Dialog, Museo Ludwig de Alemania, Austria
Encuentros, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Chicago, IL
Bienal Barro de América, Memorial de América Latina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Los Campos de la Escultura: Campos Eliseos, Paris, France
1998   Archipiélago de mi pensamiento: American Series- I Kcho, Galerie Nationale du Jeu De Paume, Paris, France (solo)
Largo Viaje (Long Trip), GAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Trasch, Museo de Arte Moderno y contemporáneo de Trento y Rovereto, Italy
Every Day: 11 th. Sidney Biennale, Sidney, Australia
Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island, AZ
Objetividad: objetos Internacionales de subjetividad, Contemporany Art Center of Virginia, VA
Dak'Art'98, Bienal de Arte Comtemporáneo Africano, Senegal
Arte Contemporáneo de Cuba: ironía y supervivencia en la isla de la utopía, Arizona State University Art Museum, AZ
Bienal Barro de América, Caracas, Venezuela
Zone, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d'Alba, Italy
1997   Todo Cambia, Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Speaking of the obvious was never a pleasure for us, Billy Rose Pavilion, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (solo)
Kcho: Recent Projects, Regent Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Un marco por la tierra, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havan, Cuba
Sin fronteras, Arte Latinoamericano actual, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela
1996   Kcho, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Kcho, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
Para olvidar, International Contemporary Art Center of Montreal, Montreal, Canada (solo)
I Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
Conteiner 96, Art across Oceans, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995   Kcho, Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
No juego, Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba (solo)
El camino de la nostalgia, Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Tabla de salvación, Galería Espacio Abierto, Havana, Cuba (solo)
22 Bienal Internacional de Sao Paulo, Fundación Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil
New Art from Cuba, Whitechapel Arte Gallery, London, UK
The first Kwangju International biennale, Beyond the Borders, Kwangju, Korea
Orientación, 4th International Biennale in Istanbul, Antrepo I, Istanbul, Turkey
1994   Buscando el parecido, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Un marco por la tierra, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba
1993   Kcho: Drawings and Sculptures, Galería Plaza Vieja, Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Dentro de la patria, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1992   Artista del mes, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Taller Internacional de Escultura Efímera. IV Bienal de La Habana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana
La década prodigiosa, Plástica de los 80, Museo del Chopo, Mexico
1991   IV Bienal de La Habana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
Los hijos de Guillermo Tell, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela
1990   Paisaje popular cubano, Galería de la Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Havana, Cuba (solo)
1986   Kcho expone Fabelas, Centro de Artes Plásticas, Isla de La Juventud, Cuba (solo)
  Selected Public Collections:
  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Galerie Nationale du Jeu De Paume, Paris, France
2008    Damian, Carol and Jorge Santis. Sin Rupturas/Unbroken Ties: Dialogies in Cuban Art. Fort Lauderdale: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 2008