Miguel Angel Rios

Born in Catamarca, Argentina, Miguel Angel Rios now divides his time between Mexico City and New York. He received worldwide appreciation when he first showed his work A Morir (Till Death): a ground-breaking three-channel video of audacious ambition exploring colonialism and globalization by creating a darkly romantic narrative with spinning black and white tops—’trompos’.

Rios made several works in the series of spinning-top videos, in which he expresses his primary concerns of social power struggles, violence and geopolitics on an intriguing symbolic level. In his more recent films, Rios continues to compose powerful metaphors for violent subjects, combining control and coincidence to represent the uncertainty and temporariness of the human condition.

Miguel Angel Rios (1953, Catamarca, Argentina) has had solo exhibitions at museums across the world, including ASU Art Museum, Temple, USA (2015), Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA (2013), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2013), 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), and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2005). His videos have been screened during La Biennale de Lyon, FR (2015), Liverpool Biennial, GB (2011), and ), the Biennale of Sydney, AU (2010). He participated in group exhibitions at a.o. Centro del Carmen, Valencia, ES (2014), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA (2014), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes, FR (2013), Busan Museum, KR (2012), Tranen Contemporary Art Center, DK (2012), Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, USA (2011), The National Museum in Warsaw, PL (2010), and Daros Exhibitions, Zürich, CH (2009). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has received numerous awards including the John Guggenheim Fellowship (1998) for his work exploring the mediums of painting, drawing and collage.

  • Piedras Blancas, 2014, one-channel video projection, 453 min

  • A Morir (Till Death), 2003, centre piece of three-channel video projection (5 min film still)

  • Crudo, 2008 DVD/master devacam one channel video film, 3:14 min (still)