Sergio Vega (Argentine, b.1959) was born in Buenos Aires, and currently lives in the United States. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Vega is a professor of photography and sculpture at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Between 1991 and 1992, Vega participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, and received his MFA in 1996 from Yale University.

The artist is especially well known for his project El Paraíso en el Nuevo Mundo, which he has been working on for 10 years. The title was inspired by the 17th-century book of the same name. Similar to the author of the original work, Vega believes that the Garden of Eden was located in South America. However, unlike the author, Vega suggests that the garden was in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Vega’s works in various media, including text, photography, video, sculpture, dioramas, miniature models, and installations. His work deals with social issues, such as colonialist theories and the development of cultural and social conditions.

The artist has participated in many international exhibitions and biennials in Venice, Lyon, South Korea, and Johannesburg. His works have been reviewed in Artforum, frieze magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, and Time magazine.

Timeline

1959
Born in Buenos Aires
1990
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
1992
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY
1992
Art Matters Inc. Fellowship for individual artists
1994–1996
Ford / Philip Morris Foundation Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, USA
1996
Yale University MFA sculpture, New Haven, USA
1999
Associate Professor at the School of Art and Art History, University of Florida, USA
1999
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Lives and teaches Gainsville in Florida

Exhibitions

2014
Fernelmont Contemporary Art Festival, Fernelmont, Belgium
2013
14 Juillet, le manifeste di coq flâneur et autres histoires…, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France (solo)
2012
The Storytellers: Narratives in Internationel Contemporary Art, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway
2012
Sublime Entropies, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2011
Archival Impulse, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
2010
Paradise: Real Time, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (solo)
2010
Argentina in Focus: Visualizing the Concept. Cristán Segura / Sergio Vega, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington
2009
Parrot Theory, Karsten Greve Gallery, Paris (solo)
2009
El Paraíso en el Nuevo Mundo, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2009
Hashish in Naples, Umberto di Marino, Napoli, Italy (solo)
2008
Ec(h)o Wanted, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
2007
Sharjah Biennial 8, Still Life, Art, Ecology & the Politics of Change, Sharjah Expo Center, United Arab Emirates
2006
ARS06, Sense of the Real, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2006
Tiden, Edsvik Konsthall, Galleri Infra, Vasby Konsthall-Konstlabyrinten, Sollentuna, Sweden
2006
Aura of the photograph: the Image as Object, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA
2006
Momentum 6: Tropicalounge, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, USA (solo)
2006
Crocodilian Fantasies, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (solo)
2006
Utopian Paradises: modernism and the sublime, Umberto di Marino Arte Contemporánea, Napoli, Italy (solo)
2006
Cluster, Participant Inc., New York, NY
2006
Packed: Portable Views of Varied Terrain, Hardman Hall Gallery, Mercer University, GA, USA
2006
American Confluence, Edsvik Konst & Kultur, Sollentuna, Sweden
2005
Down the Garden Path: The Artist’s Garden After Modernism, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY
2005
The Forest: Politics, Poetics, and Practice, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, NC, USA
2005
51 Biennale di Venezia “Always a little further”, Arsenale, Venice, Italy
2005
Mauricio Lupini, Javier Tellez, Sergio Vega, Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2004
Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2004
Project: 01, Ottensen playground, Hamburg, Germany
2004
Nous venons en paix…, Histoires des Amériques, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada
2004
Sites, Investigations and Re-enactments, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
2004
Surface Tension, Lombard Fried Fine Arts, New York, NY
2003
High Art, John Erickson Museum of Art, Issaquah, WAý, USA (solo)
2003
10 Floridians, Miami Art Central, Miami, FL, USA
2003
Prague Biennale 1: peripheries become the center, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2003
Bienal Ceara America: De Ponta Cabeça, Museo de Arte Contemporanea do Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil
2003
Paradise Lost? Aspects of Landscape in Latin American Art, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL, USA
2002
Etnografía, Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela
2002
Melodrama, Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2002
Centro Jose Guerrero, Diputacion de Granada, Spain
2002
MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain
2002
Modernismo Tropical, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (solo)
2002
Julia Friedman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA (solo)
2001
Demonstration room: ideal house, The Big Show, NICC, Antwerpen, Belgium
2001
Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
2001
Apex Art, New York, USA
2001
Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela
2001
Yokohama Triennale 2001: Dancing Matrix, Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama, Japan
2001
Sonsbeek 9: Locus Focus, Kronenberg mall and Arnhem Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, Netherlands
2000
V Biennale de Lyon: Partage d’Exotismes, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
2000
Jardin 2000: La Ville, Le Jardin, La Mémoire, Villa Medici in Rome, Italy
2000
II Kwangju Biennale 2000: Exotica Incognita, Kwangju, South Korea
2000
EV+A 2000: Friends and Neighbours, Church of the Immaculate Conception (Franciscan Friary) and 8 Perry Square, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
2000
The Swamp: on the Edge of Eden, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA
2000
The Visionary Landscape, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
2000
The End: An Independent Vision of Contemporary Culture 1982-2000, Exit Art, New York, NY
2000
Absent Territories, Casa de America, Madrid, Spain
2000
Lyon’s Biennale, Lyon, France
1999
III International Biennial: Looking for a Place, Site Santa Fe, NM, USA
1999
The Discovery of the Amazon, CRG Gallery, New York, NY, collaboration with artist Miguel Angel Rios
1999
El Paraíso en el Nuevo Mundo, Basilico Fine Arts, New York, NY (solo)
1998
The Garden of Forking Paths, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1998
Edsvik Konst & Kultur, Sollentuna, Sweden
1998
Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1998
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
1998
Transatlántico, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
1998
Bienal Barro de America, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
1998
Amnesia, Track 16 Gallery & Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
1998
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
1998
Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
1998
Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
1998
The Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York, NY
1997
II Johannesburg Biennale: Alternating Currents Electrical Plant, Johannesburg, South Africa
1997
Heaven, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
1997
Pagan Stories: the situations of narrative in recent art, Apex Art, New York, NY
1997
Sergio Vega, Espacio 204, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
1997
Asi esta la cosa: instalacion y arte objeto en America Latina Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
1996
Memoirs of an outspoken parrot, Basilico Fine Arts, New York, NY (solo)