Marcos Chaves

b. 1961, Rio De Janeiro
Lives and works in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Marcos Chaves, <i>Academia</i>, 2014
Marcos Chaves, Academia, 2014

Marcos Chaves’ work opens a dialogue with the geographic and historical condition of places. It is built upon appropriation and intervention, often focusing on borders, both between different countries and differing ways of being.

Chaves began his artistic endeavours in the early 1980’s using appropriation and intervention parameters, the artist works in diverse media, openly moving between the production of objects, photographs, videos, drawings, words and sounds. “Marcos Chaves surprises meanings and values that are immersed in vulgar things, dissimulated by habit or convention. He makes unpredictable displacements and produces assemblages in a tone of parody distilling his acute observations of the world, from technology to rubbish.” (Ligia Canongia). There is a humorous tone present in all of his work, often not only as an element of the piece, but as the fundamental core. Half of the work is in the hands of the viewer. It is the viewer who will utter the last word or better, the last laugh.

Chaves has shown his artwork at Manifesta7 - The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy, 25th São Paulo International Biennial, Brazil; 1st and 5th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; 17th Cerveira Biennial, Portugal; TRio – Tridimensional Intern’l Rio Biennial 2015 – CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 4th Havana Biennial, Cuba; 3rd Lulea Art Biennial, Sweden. 
His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain in Freiburg, Switzerland; NKB, Berlin, Germany; Ludwig Museum im Koblenz, Germany; Vantaa Art Museu, Helsinki, Finland. Marcos Chaves is represented by Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil

The artist was in the following exhibitions:
On leaving and arriving
If You Build It They Will Come
Sprung Spring
This artist is featured in:
It Was Never Going To Be Straightforward

Links :
  • Marcos Chaves, <i>Sorry for the Inconvenience</i>, 2008
  • Marcos Chaves, <i>Amoroso</i>, 2008
  • Marcos Chaves, <i>Touout</i>
  • Marcos Chaves, <i>Academia</i>, 2014