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 coreographies. 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: 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: 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; CACI Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Brazil; Banco de la Republica, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia; CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, USA; Coleção Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Venezuela and USA; Coleção Berezdivin, Puerto Rico.
Mateo López lives and works in New York, USA.