1972, Santiago, Chile. Lives and works in New York, USA
The appeal of Iván Navarro’s works springs from a combination of elements that question our perception. On the one hand, from a formalist point of view, his works are carefully constructed, having light as their main support. Light that arouses feelings, at the same time that it sparks enchantment in the spectator. Iván Navarro’s production is also imbued with political connotations, communicated to the public through countless strategies, as seen in the titles of his works, in his careful use of color, in the use of anagrams, or in the appropriation and deconstruction of symbols that represent ideologies and institutionalized power.
Iván Navarro graduated in visual arts, in Santiago, Chile, in 1995. He has held solo shows at prominent institutions such as Farol Santander, São Paulo (2020); MAC – Niterói, RJ (2019); MACBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019); the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Santiago, Chile (2015); and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (2010). Titles and venues of group shows he has participated in most notably include the Illuminate SF Festival of Light, São Francisco, USA (2020); the XIV Bienal de Nuevos Medios, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (2019); the 13th Biennale of Cairo, Egypt (2019); MACBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018); Guggenheim NY, USA (2018); the Museo del Barrio, NY, USA (2017); MuBE-SP (2016); the Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile (2016); the 10th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2015); the Cairo International Biennale, Egypt (2010); the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2009); and the 2nd Moscow Biennale, Russia (2007). His works figure in the collections of important institutions such as the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Spain), the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (France), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (USA), Inhotim, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA), the Saatchi Collection (England) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (USA).