Iván Candeo (Caracas, 1983) currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He has been part of an independent study group comprised of Venezuelan artists from different generations since 2004. In 2008, he obtained the title of Professor with a specialisation in Fine Art at the Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas. He graduated with a Masters in the History and Theory of Fine Art from the U.C.V. and with a Diploma in the Contemporary History of Venezuela from the Rómulo Betancourt Foundation. He has also carried out complementary studies in “experimental cinema” in the Aula Xcèntric at the CCCB in Barcelona and in 2018, was awarded a scholarship to study at the Laboratory of Contemporary Audiovisual Practices, Master LAV, in Madrid. He also participated in the artistic residency Lugar a Dudas, in Cali, Colombia. Some of his most notable recent solo exhibitions include: “Antes que, mientras que, más tarde”, Galería Carmen Araujo Arte, Caracas (2021); “NOVÆ ANDALUSIÆ. Observante inestable”, Alarcón Criado Gallery, Seville, Spain (2019) y “Sin Acto”, Carmen Araujo Art Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela (2018).

Candeo focuses on the relationship between movement, time and history, in order to identify a series of contradictions and paradoxes. His work considers the ideological relationship between perceptual operations, narrative strategies and worldview assumptions that serve as the basis for the discursive control mechanisms of the sensible world. He explores this subject by researching the multidirectional dialogue of several forms of expression: he juxtaposes notions from different origins to create a space of interstitial continuity between video, sculpture, painting, photography and cinema.

He has participated in group exhibitions in several spaces in Latin America, the United States, Canada and Europe. They include: “When a Painting Moves… Something Must Be Rotten!” (Sternesen Museum, Oslo, Norway); Unresolved Circumstances: Video Art from Latin America (MOLAA- Museum of Latin American Art, California, 2010); 8th Bienal do Mercosul: ensaios de geopoética (Brazil, 2011); Moving image, un abedécédaire contemporain / Alteration”, (Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, 2012) Colonia apócrifa. Imágenes de la colonialidad en España (MUSAC, Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla y León, 2014); Ibi Et Nunc: on democratic paradoxes LOOP (Barcelona, 2016), among others.

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