Los Carpinteros (Cuban) is the name given to a group of three men that began working together in 1991. Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes (Cuban, b.1971), Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez (Cuban, b.1969), and Alexandre Arrechea (Cuban, b.1970) work together to create large-scale installations and sculptures. The group created several works together before deciding to call themselves Los Carpinteros in 1994.
Arrechea left the group in 2003, but the other two men continue to use the name. Valdes attended two schools in Cuba, the Escuela Provincial de Arte and the Escuela Elemental de Arte, before graduating from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana in 1994. Sanchez also attended the Escuela Elemental de Arte and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana in 1994. In addition, he took classes at the Escuela Nacional de Arte. Many of their pieces provide a commentary on everyday living, such as the piece Panera (Bread Box). The piece combines elements of a large missile with an ordinary bread box.
The work done by Los Carpinteros appeared at multiple galleries and institutions, including the Contemporary Art Center in Queens, NY, Grant Selwyn Fine Arts in Los Angeles, CA, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, NY. Their piece Free Basket is on permanent display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The piece mixes plastic, concrete, paint, and steel, and it shows a large basketball hoop with rounded metal pieces arranged around the hoop. They are also known for the piece Transportable City, which showed the famous buildings of Havana as crumbling structures made with tents. The piece toured the world, appearing at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York all have pieces by the group on permanent display. The remaining members of Los Carpinteros currently live in Havana, Cuba.