Marcos Chaves was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1961 and began his artistic endeavours in the early 1980’s. By using appropriation and intervention parameters, the artist works in diverse media, openly moving between the production of objects, photographs, videos, drawings, words and sounds.
“Marcos Chaves surprises meanings and values that are immersed in vulgar things, dissimulated by habit or convention. He makes unpredictable displacements and produces assemblages in a tone of parody distilling his acute observations of the world, from technology to rubbish.”
Chaves has shown his artwork at Manifesta7 - The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy, 25th São Paulo International Biennial, Brazil; 1st and 5th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; 17th Cerveira Biennial, Portugal; TRio – Tridimensional Intern’l Rio Biennial 2015 – CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 4th Havana Biennial, Cuba; 3rd Lulea Art Biennial, Sweden.
His work has also been presented in individual and collective exhibitions in Brazil and other countries, in institutions and galleries, such as the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Zeppelin Artprogram and Ludwig Museum, Germany; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort and Museum Beelden aan Zee, Holland; Vaanta Art Museum, Finland; Gallery 3.14, Bergen, Norway; S2 Gallery, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA: Fri-Art - Centre d’Art Contemporain in Freiburg, Switzerland; Espace Topographie de l’Art, Paris, France; Somerset House, Butcher’s Project, London, G39, Cardiff and Northern Gallery, Sunderland, UK; Iziko South African National Art Gallery, South Africa; Jim Thompson, Bangkok, Thailand; Centro per l’Arte Contemporânea Luigi Pecci, Prato and Milano, Italy; Focus Brasil and Museum of Contemporary Art of Santiago de Chile; CAB - Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, IVAM, Valencia, Patio Herreriano de Valladolid, Kiosco Alfonso y del PALEXCO e Galeria Blanca Soto Arte, Spain; MAM, CCBB, MIS and Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil; CCBB, MAM, MNBA, MAC, Funarte, Galeria Laura Alvim, Galeria Laura Marsiaj, A Gentil Carioca, Galeria Artur Fidalgo, Rio de Janeiro and Fundação Eva Klabin, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marcos Chaves is represented by Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil