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Los Carpinteros

La Havana, Cuba 1991


“Our work-studies quotidian objects and their functions … we have discovered that, hidden in the functionality of things that man fabricates, lay many fissures that betray his thoughts and conduct…” — Los Carpinteros


Los Carpinteros was an artist collective founded in 1992, Cuba by Marco Castillo, Alexandre Arrechea (who left in 2003) and Dagoberto Rodriguez. The group merges architecture, design, and sculpture in unexpected and often humorous ways.

One key feature in their oeuvre is the reuse of everyday objects, architecture-or rather the transformation of objects into architecture and of architecture into objects-.

Los Carpinteros’ works are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the TATE Gallery, London; the Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria; the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Art photo courtesy of Los Carpinteros
Profile photo by Los Carpinteros, courtesy of Cuban Art News