DIEGO FIGUEROA

Diego Figueroa´s (b. 1975, Buenos Aires) body of work explores the tensions between the “legitimate” and the popular. His operations make use of procedures like the quote and displacement; parody and intelligent sarcasm are applied to canonical works from Western art and culture history, through a personal grammar of everyday materials, whose use alters and diverts.

Paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations, that further interrogate the tensions between the popular and the classic, and the relations of class and power that they inevitably represent, transferring those tensions to the materials with which he works.

Figueroa attended workshop by artist Eduardo Medici and received the Fundación Antorchas Grant and the Fondo Nacional de las Artes Grant.

Figueroa resides and works between Colonia Benitez and Resistencia, Chaco. Since 2002, he has developed different projects to promote the visual arts in his adopted city. For many years, he coordinated different workshops for artists in other regions of Argentina.

His solo exhibitions include: Mi reina, Hache galería, Buenos Aires (2018); Horizonte de sucesos, Museo de la Memoria, Rosario, Santa Fé (2018); Cuando todo el ruido se duerma, Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires (2015), Cuando todo el ruido se duerma, Museo de Bellas Artes René Brusau, Resistencia, Chaco (2014); El tiempo entre las cosas, Galería Braga Menéndez, Buenos Aires (2011); Esta noche no, with Edgardo Giménez, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires (2009); El David y la Copia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bahía Blanca (2008).

Figueroa´s work has been the subject of many group exhibitions (selection): Premio Klemm (2020); Premio Colección Fortabat (2019); La marca original: arte argentino, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires (2019); Concurso de Artes Visuales, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Casa del Bicentenario, Buenos Aires (2018); Golpe en Seco (junto a Andrea Fernández), Museo de la Memoria, Rosario, Santa Fé (2018); Bienal de Pintura CFI, Buenos Aires (2017); Congreso de Tucumán. 200 años de arte argentino (itinerancia por numerosos museos de Argentina entre 2016-2018); Lo firme en el centro encuentra correspondencia, Hache galería, Buenos Aires (2017); Has llorado, en silencio, Hache galería, Buenos Aires (2016); Colección Igualdad Cultural, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Timoteo Navarro, San Miguel de Tucumán (2015); Colección Hugo Albrieu, Museo Palacio Ferreira, Ciudad de Córdoba (2015); 10 SAR, Décima Semana del Arte de Rosario, Santa Fe (2014); Expansiva IV, terca presencia de lo inerte, Centro Cultural San Martín, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (2013); Mitos y Sincretismos, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (2013); Entre el retorno y la partida, normas, límites y actualizaciones en el arte contemporáneo argentino, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Salta, Ciudad de Salta (2013); Fase 4, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (2012); Proyecto CAL, Semana del Arte, Rosario, Santa Fe (2012); Entre el retorno y la partida, normas, límites y actualizaciones en el arte contemporáneo argentino, MACLA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano de La Plata, Buenos Aires (2012); Simultaneidades y otras yerbasFundación Miglorisi, Museo del Barro, Asunción (2011), among others.

Figueroa has been the recipient of numerous notable awards, including a Mention at the Concurso de artes visuales Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires (2018); Plataforma Futuro Grant, Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación (2016);  Premio Igualdad Cultural – Visual Arts (2013), 2nd Prize at Bienal de Pintura del Consejo Federal de Inversiones (2013); 1st Prize at the Fundación la Capital, Museo Castagnino de Rosario (2003); 2nd Prize at the Salón Nacional de Salta (2001); Grand Prize of Honor at the V Salón Nacional del Mar, Centro Cultural Auditórium, Mar del Plata (1999); 3rd Prize at the Salón Nacional de Santa Fe, Museo de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez (1998); Mention at the Premio Palais de Glace, Young Painting, Buenos Aires (1997).

In 2015, a book has been published brining together Figueroa´s works from 2005 to 2015. Work by the artist is found in many important collections.

WORKS

Cuando todo el ruido se duerma, 2014

Diego Figueroa

Pneumatic tire, plastic sealing, soccer ball, pipes, container pack, carafe, wood, containers, chairs and plastic elements
Variable dimensions

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Fuente, 2010

Diego Figueroa

Tarp, metal, plastic, water turbine and 5000 liters of water in motion
70.8 x 98.4 x 78.7 in

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Los infernales de Venus, 2018

Diego Figueroa

Cement tattoo, and ferrite on a garden statue
35.4 x 13.8 x 11.8 in

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La piedad, 2009

Diego Figueroa

Plastic bags, plastic, paper, adhesive tape, beer boxes, knife, sneakers, leather ball, metal goal and plastic rope
66.9 x 47.2 x 51.1 in

La familia Frontera, 2008

Diego Figueroa

Plastic, nylon, adhesive tape, packing tape, paper, mask, gas cylinders, wooden table and chair, porcelain dishes, metal clothes rack, and glass bottle with water
Approximate dimensions: 236.2 x 236.2 x 78.7 in

Tres gracias, 2009

Diego Figueroa

Nylon bags, plastic bags, paper, adhesive tape, rubber and wood
66.9 x 27.5 x 19.6 in

El tiempo entre las cosas, 2011

Diego Figueroa

Chopped wood, broom sticks and sheeted roof
62.9 x 23.6 x 25.5 in

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Imborrable, 2020

Diego Figueroa

Acrylic on paper
9.8 x 13.8 in

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Los jardines de Mi reina 4, 2018

Diego Figueroa

Synthetic Enamel paint on a corrugated metal sheetl
36.2 x 43.3 x 24.4 in

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El amor, 2020

Diego Figueroa

Acrylic on paper
9.8 x 13.8 in

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Palacios, 2018

Diego Figueroa

Synthetic Enamel paint on cement, bricks and wooden fruit box
11.8 x 10.2 x 10.2 in

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Pica/Picante, 2017

Diego Figueroa

Gray concret, white concret, ferrites, fixative/sealer, metal and plastic
9 x 7 x 10.6 in

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Untitled (melancolía), 2016

Diego Figueroa

Acrylic on paper
19.6 x 14.9 in

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EXHIBITIONS

LO QUE QUEDA
GROUP SHOW

NOV 23. 2020 — APR 30. 2021

MI REINA
DIEGO FIGUEROA

CURATED BY FRANCISCO ALI-BROUCHOUD
NOV 13. 2018 — FEB 20. 2019

Cuando todo el ruido se duerma
DIEGO FIGUEROA

Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti
oct 31. 2015 — FEB 21. 2016

PRESS

ART FORUM

BY M.S. Dansey
JAN 15. 2019

fAIRS

ARTEBA 2021

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
NOV 3 — 7. 2021

ARTEBA 2019

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
APR 11 — 14. 2019

ARTEBA 2017

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
MAY 24 — 27. 2017

ARTEBA 2016

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
MAY 19 — 22. 2016