Carlos Rolón/Dzine

  • Celestial II
    2016
    Re-purposed shattered auto tempered glass and silicone on aluminum panel
    60 x 60 inches

  • Celestial II (detail)
    2016
    Re-purposed shattered auto tempered glass and silicone on aluminum panel
    60 x 60 inches

  • Carlos Rolón/Dzine: Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories
    2016
    Installation View
    Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

  • Carlos Rolón/Dzine: Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories
    2016
    Installation View
    Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

  • Commonwealth
    2016
    Installation View
    Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI
    Curated by Dick Goody

  • ¡Siempre Pa’lante!
    2016
    Neon
    7 x 74 inches
    Edition of 3, 1 AP

  • Decadence Upon Decadence (Gild the Lily)
    2016
    Oil, acrylic, varnish, and gold leaf on canvas
    72 x 96 inches

  • Inner Shining (Tiffany yellow)
    2015
    Mirror, silicone, and crystalline on aluminum panel
    60 x 60 inches

  • Untitled (P.R. Yellow)
    2015
    Mirror, resin, and crystalline on aluminum panel
    60 x 60 inches

  • Crystal Street (1976)
    2015
    Handmade shell macramé, vegetation, light
    Dimensions variable

  • Mundillo (Wallpaper Mandala)
    2015
    Acrylic on MDF and aluminum panel
    60 inches in diameter

  • Untitled (BW #003)
    2015
    Mirror, resin, and crystalline on aluminum panel
    56 1/2 x 56 1/2 inches

  • Remnants from my Father (Flower Decanter)
    2014
    Porcelain
    8 x 12 x 5 inches

  • Untitled (Fine Regal China #1)
    2014
    Porcelain with carved pattern
    12 x 12 x 24 inches

  • Victory
    2013
    Installation View
    Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
    Curated by Peter Doroshenko

  • Gucci Mandala
    2013
    Neon
    60 inches in diameter

  • Untitled (Mandala crest)
    2013
    Acrylic, crystalline, aluminum leaf, 24-karat gold leaf, wood veneer, and quartz crystal on wood paneled aluminum frame
    80 x 80 inches

  • Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art
    2007
    Installation View
    Customized tricycle with TV monitor and audio
    Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by Tumelo Mosaka

Carlos Rolón/Dzine has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and works that come out of American, Latino and uniquely based subcultures. His studio practice investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. As a first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican decent, the artist creates objects questioning the concept of luxury and craft making to explore questions of identity, integration and aspiration. His work also represents a detailed examination of curiosity and the process of art making and the cultures surrounding this. The work often addresses his biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works that are playfully situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artifact. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. Rolón illuminates how the masculine can become delicate and the how the baroque can be minimal. The artist often channels this approach with site-specific installation work, vivid large-scale paintings and ornate sculptures in various materials expanding on ideas of self-reflection and imagined luxury. This approach questions not only cultural identity, but also its place within the confines of the institution. The works ultimately produce a hybrid language of social practice, painting and sculpture inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.

 

Carlos Rolón/Dzine (b. 1970, Chicago, IL) attended Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in painting and drawing. Rolón has had solo exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and CAM Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. His work has also been exhibited in group shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museo del Barrio, New York and Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Canary Islands, Spain. In 2007 Rolón represented Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture. Rolón’s work is included in the following public collections: Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Brooklyn Museum, New York; City of Chicago Public Art Collection; Deagu Art Museum, Deagu; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, among others.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, 1970. Lives and works in Chicago.

 

EDUCATION


1989
Columbia College, Chicago, IL

 

2011
Kraus Visiting Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
Carlós Rolon/Dzine: 50 Grand, The Tube Factor, Indianapolis, IN

 

2016
Commonwealth, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan
Carlós Rolon/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely…, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories, Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
Ace of Fades (on the wall), Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Tropicaliza, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico (forthcoming)

 

2015
Mi Casa, Pearl Lam Gallery, Singapore
Rolls-Royce Art Initiative, Singapore
Now and Then, Rockford Art Museum, Illinois
Encounters – Invitational Sector, Art Basel, Hong Kong
ONLY YOU: New Mirror Paintings, Casterline Goodman Gallery, Aspen
Tiffany & Co., MCA Commission + Collaboration, Tiffany & Co., Chicago; EXPO Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Vera List Artist Project, Lincoln Center, New York, New York

 

2014
Tunnel Vision, space k, Gwangju
New Work, Walter Otero Contemporary, San Juan
Trophy Room, COLLABORATIONS, Art Cologne Invitational, Salon 94 and Galerie Henrik Springmann, Cologne, Germany
Thinking of Forever, Leeahn Gallery, Seoul
Dzine: Born Carlós Rolon, 1970, Paul Kasmin Gallery and Salon 94, New York

 

2013
Victory, Public Functionary, Minneapolis
Victory, The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas

 

2012
Imperial Nail Salon, Galerie Henrik Springmann, Berlin
Phenomenon, Deptford X, London (Curated by Hew Locke and Indra Khanna)
La Pelanda – Centro Di Produzione Culturale, Installation and performance, Rome

 

2011
Imperial Nail Salon, Salon 94, New York
Get Nailed at the New Museum, performance, installation, New Museum, New York
Zeniths and Daytons, Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg

 

2010
Voodoo, Leo Koenig Projekte, New York
Voodoo, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
Posse, Flint Institute of Arts (fleckenstein video gallery), Michigan

 

2009
Bass Museum of Art, Miami
Love & Loyalty, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea

 

2008
The Beautiful Struggle, Deitch Projects, New York
Emily Murphy Contemporary, Madrid, Spain
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

 

2007
Contemporary Arts Society, Rome
Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands

 

2006
Stealing Dreams, SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, Tokyo
Somewhere over the Rainbow, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
Museo del Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan (catalogue.)
Just Kidding, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

 

2005
Punk Funk, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (catalogue)

 

2004
Staring at the Sun, moniquemeloche, Chicago
Gangster Boogie, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Illinois State Museum Gallery, Chicago (Traveled to University of Missouri – Gallery 210, St. Louis & Illinois State Museum, Lockport, Illinois)
Equal Gallery, Osaka, Japan (catalogue.)
Beautiful Things, SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, Tokyo
Project Invitational, ARCO ‘04-International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid

 

2003
Alley Oop, Institute of Visual Art Center (inova), Milwaukee
Tokyo Boogie, University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery, Birmingham Alabama

 

2002
Beat Junkie, Chop Shop, moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago
Sampler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
The Times, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Maker, Maker, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
No burden as heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

 

2016
Bedazzled, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
DNA, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, South Korea
Two Years of Looking, New Art Projects, London, UK

 

2015
Body Embellishment, The Mint Museum, North Carolina
Black/White, Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery, New York (Curated by Brian Alfred)
All Killer No Filler, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York
EXPO Chicago 2015, Tiffany & Co., Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Salon 94, New York
Forms of Imagination, Arts Incubator, Chicago, Illinois
Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americans (MACLA), San Jose, California
Art Basel Miami Beach, Architectural Digest, Miami, Florida

 

2014
Shaq Loves People, Presented by the Flag Art Foundation, EXPO CHICAGO
Booster – Art Sound Machine, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
Tradiciones, Rockford Art Museum, Illinois

 

2013
The concept of Baroque in Contemporary Art, Galerie Henrik Springmann, Berlin (curated by Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt)
In God We Trust, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Vial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce
On Painting, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

2012
IN/SITU, EXPO CHICAGO
The Haberdashery, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Interconnections, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce

 

2011
Experience Pommery #9 (La Fabrique sonore), curated by Claire Staebler and Charles Carcopino, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, Chicago Cultural Center
Commercial Break, curated by Neville Wakefield, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture and POST, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
Geared: The Culture of Bicycles, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho
VOCES Y VISIONES: Signs, Systems and the City in El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection, El Museo del Barrio, New York

 

2010
Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles
Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, curated by Takashi Azumaya, Busan
Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
(I Can) Feel the Pulse, MAMA, Rotterdam

 

2009
Stages, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (Traveled to Deitch Projects, New York, and O.H.W.O.W, Miami)

 

2008
Not So Minimal, Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium

 

2007
Barrio Dreams, Deitch Projects, Art Basel Miami Beach 2007, Miami, FL
A Poem about an Inland Sea, Ukrainian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale
Caribbean Encounters, Brooklyn Museum, New York
Simply Beautiful, LABoral, Gijon, Spain
Generations U(s)A, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
Public Image, Painting the City, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands

 

2006
Spank the Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
New Territories: On Youth Culture, Carla Arocha and Dzine, ARCO ’06, Madrid
Observatori, Museo de la Ciencias Principe Felipe, Valencia

 

2005
Lost in Music, Nerman Museum of Art/JCCC, Overland Park, Kansas

 

2004
None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Hartford (traveled to Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce)
Stop & Stor: new painters, LUXE Gallery, New York

 

2003
Painting by Design, Wayne State University Gallery, Detroit
Sk8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

 

Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao Centre For Contemporary Art, Netherlands Antilles
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
City of Chicago Sister Cities Program, The National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

 

Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award
National Endowment for the Arts

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 

Bass Museum of Art, Miami
Bronx Museum of Art, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
City of Chicago Public Art Collection, Illinois
Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium
Museo del Barrio, New York
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Nerman Museum of Art, Kansas City
Rockford Art Museum, Illinois
Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
Yuz Art Foundation, Shanghai
Daegu Museum, South Korea