Miguel Angel Rios

Miguel Angel Rios (1953)

Lives in New York / Mexico City. Works in New York / Mexico City.

Miguel Angel Rios received worldwide appreciation when he first showed his work A Morir (Till Death): a ground-breaking three-channel video of audacious ambition exploring colonialism and globalization by creating a darkly romantic narrative with spinning black and white tops—’trompos’. Rios made several works in the series of spinning-top videos, in which he expresses his primary concerns of social power struggles, violence and geopolitics on an intriguing symbolic level. In his more recent films, Rios continues to compose powerful metaphors for violent subjects, combining control and coincidence to represent the uncertainty and temporariness of the human condition.

The video Untitled (the ghost of modernity) by Miguel Angel Rios filmed on a deserted plateau high above a distant town in Saachila Oaxaca Mexico, features a set of outlined cube structures built on the site and a transparent cube that floats through the landscape with a will of its own, as if magically suspended.
Miguel Angel Rios, A Morir (Till Death): a ground-breaking three-channel video of audacious ambition exploring colonialism and globalization by creating a darkly romantic narrative with spinning black and white tops—’trompos’.
A Morir (Till Death): a ground-breaking three-channel video of audacious ambition exploring colonialism and globalization by creating a darkly romantic narrative with spinning black and white tops—’trompos’.
The video Untitled (the ghost of modernity) by Miguel Angel Rios filmed on a deserted plateau high above a distant town in Saachila Oaxaca Mexico, features a set of outlined cube structures built on the site and a transparent cube that floats through the landscape with a will of its own, as if magically suspended.

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Miguel Angel Rios has had solo exhibitions at museums across the world, including ASU Art Museum, Temple, USA (2015), Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA (2013), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2013), Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA (2012), Museo Carrillo Gil, México DF (2011), Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2009), Maison Européenne de la Photographie MEP, Paris (2011 and 2009), Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2008), and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2005). His videos have been screened during La Biennale de Lyon, FR (2015), Liverpool Biennial, GB (2011), and ), the Biennale of Sydney, AU (2010). He participated in group exhibitions at a.o. Centro del Carmen, Valencia, ES (2014), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA (2014), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes, FR (2013), Busan Museum, KR (2012), Tranen Contemporary Art Center, DK (2012), Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, USA (2011), The National Museum in Warsaw, PL (2010), and Daros Exhibitions, Zürich, CH (2009). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has received numerous awards including the John Guggenheim Fellowship (1998) for his work exploring the mediums of painting, drawing and collage.

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2017 Miguel Angel Rios: A Morir (To the Death) Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC USA Miguel Angel Rios: Neither Colour, nor height, MUCEM, Marseilles, France Miguel Angel Rios: Acirema, No es agua Ni Arena la Orilla del Mar, Espaivisor Galeria Visor, Valencia Spain 2015 Landlocked, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ Endless, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX 2013 Folding Borders, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico 2012 Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France Miguel Angel Ríos: Walkabout, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (with exhibition catalogue) 2011 Miguel Angel Ríos, Alonso Garces Galeria, Bogotá, Colombia Miguel Angel Ríos, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina Mecha, Nederlans Instituut voor Mediakunst, The Netherlands 2010 Miguel Angel Ríos, Galeria Andres Millan, São Paulo, Brazil Miguel Angel Ríos, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand 2009 Miguel Angel Ríos, Malba-Fundacíon Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina On The Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA Miguel Angel Ríos, EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris, France Crudo, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2008 A Morir, Sala de Arte Contemporáneo, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Aquí, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands Crudo, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA White Suit, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany 2007 Aquí, Ex-convento de Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico; Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston, Houston, TX and EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM On The Edge, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy and ARCO, Madrid, Spain Fuego Amigo, Ex-convento de la Natividad, Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico A Morir, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ Aquí, Galeria Milan Antonio, São Paulo, Brazil Concentrations 49: Miguel Angel Ríos, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 2006 Serie Homenaje a Robert Mapplethorpe, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico On The Edge, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY Miguel Angel Ríos: Love, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL 2005 Love, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy Miguel Angel Ríos, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina Miguel Angel Ríos, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. 2004 A Morir, Art Unlimited, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Art Basel, Switzerland 2003 Miguel Angel Ríos, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA Miguel Angel Ríos, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany Ni me busques…no me encuentras, White Box, New York, NY A Morir, Artists Space, New York, NY 2002 Ni me busques…no me encuentras, Basel Art Unlimited, Project Room, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Basel, Switzerland 2001 El viaje del botanista, Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela 1999 Manhattan Códice, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico and John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1998 Los Vientos del Sur, Ruth Benzacar Galeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1995 Miguel Angel Ríos, Wohn Maschine Gallery, Berlin, Germany Miguel Angel Ríos, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1993 Así en la tierra como en el cielo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico Miguel Angel Ríos, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1992 Miguel Angel Ríos, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina Miguel Angel Ríos, Gallery Der Brucke, Buenos Aires, Argentina Miguel Angel Ríos, Gallery Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico Miguel Angel Ríos: El juego y el dolor, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico 1991 Miguel Angel Ríos, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY and ARCO, Madrid, Spain 1989 Miguel Angel Ríos, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY 1988 Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico 1984 Allen/Wincor Gallery, New York, NY 1983 Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with exhibition catalogue) 1980 Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with exhibition catalogue)