The practice of Mateo López (Bogotá, 1978) speaks of cartographies, journeys and construction processes while revolving around the themes of chance, encounter, time, and the connection of events that take place in our daily life. His work traces a conceptual approach and expands from drawings to installations, architecture, films and sculptural choreographies. He reproduces memories and converts them into something susceptible to displacement through the creation of portable modules that host different collections of objects.
Recent solo shows include: Camina Habla Canta Baila, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (2023), Pasado Futurista, MAC, Lima (2023); Círculo de Palabras, Casey Kaplan, New York (2022); Disclose, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2022); Si Pero No, Casa Republicana, Museo Banco de la República, Bogotá (2021); Hesitante, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2021); Make Do And Mend, Goodman Gallery, London (2020); Escultura de viaje (with Bruno Munari), Travesía Cuatro, Mexico City (2020); Ruta del Castor, Mexico City (2020); Bodega Piloto, Bogotá (2019); N+1, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (2019); Play, Casey Kaplan, New York (2019); XYZ, Travesía Cuatro, Guadalajara (2018); Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona (2018); Undo List, Drawing Center, New York (2017); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2016); Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (2015); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2011).
Recent group shows include: Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022); ‘the moon is not the sun at night’, Goodman Gallery, Miami (2022); I am a Citizen of the World, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, California (2021); Did You Ever Think There Would Come A Time?, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2021); South South, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (2021); Soft Architecture, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2021); Where the threads are worn, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (2021); Nuestra América, Galeria Luisa Trina, São Paulo (2020); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2019); KMAC Museum, Louisville (2019); Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, (2019); Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Puebla (2019); Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (2018); Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); MuBE, São Paulo (2017); MoMA, New York (2017); MANA Contemporary, Jersey City (2016); UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); Drawing Room, London (2015).
Major awards and residencies include the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, William Kentridge’s Protégé, Geneva Switzerland in 2012 and the Gasworks Residency Program, London, UK in 2010, which was followed by an exhibition.
Collections which his work is part of include: MoMA Museum of Modern Art, USA; Collection Instituto Inhotim, Brazil; Banco de la República, Colombia; CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, USA; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Venezuela and USA; Colección Berezdivin, Puerto Rico; Colección Hochschild, Peru; Blanton Museum Collection, USA
Mateo López lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.