Los Carpinteros (or “the carpenters,” because with art materials in short supply during their studies, they made wood the center of their artmaking) is an artists’ collective founded in 1992 in Havana. Originally the collective comprised three Cubans who graduated in 1994 from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, namely, Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés (born in 1971 in Camaguey), Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (born in 1969 in Caibarién, Las Villas), and Alexandre Arrechea Jesús Zambrano (born in 1970 in Trinidad, Las Villas), and was first active when the three members were studying art.
In 2003, it was reduced to the duo of Valdés-Sánchez. Both live and work in Havana (Cuba) and Madrid, especially when realizing works that cannot be undertaken in their native country. Works by Los Carpinteros can be seen in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The two have shown their work in Cuba, Europe, and North America, and have been awarded numerous prizes.
Polen Hexagonal Azul, 2016
Watercolour on paper
214.5 x 243 cm