Photo and drawing, 2002, 18x60 cm
Photo and drawing, 2002, 18x60 cm

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Born in Catamarca, in Argentina , Miguel Angel Ríos now divides his time between Mexico City and New York. Located in the far north of Argentina, Catamarca is distant both geographically and culturally from the urban, Eurocentric atmosphere of Buenos Aries÷a dichotomy reflected in his approach to art-making. Following works of the past two decades which involved map-based constructions exploring colonialism and globalization, the artist began experimenting with sculptural installations using sound and video in the early 2000s; in 2003, Ríos created a work of audacious brilliance, the three-channel video entitled A Morir (Til Death) . This darkly romantic narrative of spinning black and white tops - trompos - signaled a dramatic turning point in the artist's career. These moving images propel the viewer into uncharted territory with dynamic scenes of dueling tops÷a technique that has provided him with a rich new artistic direction allowing him to articulate his primary concerns of cultural translations, geopolitics, and human interaction on a broad symbolic and mythical level.

Miguel Angel Rios work relationship with Noire Gallery started in 2003 and 2004 with twoo special projects for Art Unlimited in Art Basel, your personal exhibition in Noire Gallery (2005, 2007), Outlook exhibition in Palazzo Bricherasio with Noire Gallery ( Turin 2007).

The artist has had solo exhibitions at 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), The Art Museum of the University of Houston (2007) and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2005). He participated in group exhibitions at Liverpool Biennial (2011), the Biennale of Sydney (2010), Daros Exhibitions, Zürich (2009).