Carlos Martiel - CV + Bio

Carlos Martiel uses his body and earthy substances such as water, soil and stone to explore issues of race, isolation and injustice. Since 2007, he has presented scores of performances, all of which have tested his ability to endure pain, deprivation and physical restraint, reducing his existence to his biological need to survive. He has been sewn to gallery walls; has bled himself; has had a piece of skin surgically removed from his side; and he has pinned his father’s military medals directly onto his bare chest. Apart from such physically grueling work, Martiel creates photographs and video as part of his artistic practice.


Born 1989, Havana
Lives and works in New York

Education
2010
Chair “Art Practice”, Havana (directed by Tania Bruguera)

2009
National Academy of Fine Arts, San Alejandro, Havana

Solo Exhibitions and Performances
2020
Lux Art Institute, San Diego (upcoming)
Black Bodies — White Lies, K Contemporary Gallery, Denver (upcoming)
Herida Oscura, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2019
South Body, 5th Biennial of the Americas, Denver
Muerte al olvido, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park
Statute, Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Vancouver Biennale
Under Occupation, Hinge Park, 4th Vancouver Biennale
Sabor a lágrimas, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, 14th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates
Intruder, Gilda Lavia Gallery, Rome

2018
Black Lament, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Ascendencia Charrúa, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay
Gente de color, 14th Cuenca Biennial, Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
Gente de color, 14th Cuenca Biennial, Plaza Cívica, Cuenca, Ecuador
Sangre Yanga, Peana Projects, Monterrey, Mexico
Intruder (America), AC Institute, New York
Encomienda, CCK, Buenos Aires, Argentina
América, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Performance Art Festival, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California

2017
Línea de fuego (Line of Fire), Factoría Habana, Havana, Cuba
Continent, Y Gallery, New York
Fragmentos de memoria, Factoría Havana
Anatomía de un disidente (Anatomy of a dissident), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Hacerse Olvido (Becoming forgotten), Factoría Habana, Havana, Cuba
Fuente de energía (Energy source), Despina, Río de Janeiro, Brazil
Horizon, Wake Festival, United Kingdom
Bala perdida, Cais do Valongo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lamento Kayapó, Despina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mediterráneo (Mediterranean), Cuban Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Stampede, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Hijo de haitiano (Child of Haitian), Museo Fortaleza San Felipe, Dominican Republic
Cauce (Riverbed), LA Art Show, Los Angeles

2016
Vivere nel tuo corpo, Rossmut Gallery, Rome
Basamento, CIFO Art Space, Miami
Intersección, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela
Maze, The 8th Floor, New York
Mule, Denniston Hill, Fallsburg, New York
Caribes negros: la ruta del dolor, Proyecto Poporopo, Guatemala City
Lineage, Y Gallery, New York
Aparecido, Historical Center, Guadalajara, Mexico

2015
Segregation, Samsøn Projects, Boston
Legado, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Aislado, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Basamento, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York
Ascension, MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space, New York
Ruins, CentralTrak, Dallas

2014
Sentence, Cannonball Residence, Miami
Simiente, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago
Plegaria Muda, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

2013
Camouflage, Fonderie Darling, Montreal
Acid Rain, Axenéo7, Gatineau, Canada
MARES (with artist Gustavo Solar) Pera del Olmo, Buenos Aires
Punto di Fuga, Nitsch Museum, Naples
Prodigal Son, Lux Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala

2012
MARES (with artist Gustavo Solar), Project Room, Quito
Mock, 11th Havana Biennial, Contemporary Art Center “Wifredo Lam”, Havana
Simulation, Contemporary Art Center “Wifredo Lam”, Havana

2011
Desilucional, Zalle Zero, French Alliance in Cuba, Havana
Lost sentiment, Havana Factory

2010
Prodigal son, Witch House, Liverpool
Quartered spirits, Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana

2009
Adam Black and more, National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro”, Havana

Group Exhibitions
2020
Cuba Radical Video Images, National Museum of 21st Century Art (MAXXI), Rome (upcoming)
Adolescence – Between Departure and Nightmare, Kunstraum Hase29, Osnabrück, Germany (upcoming)
10 de 500: La cuadratula del círculo, Factoría Habana, Havana

2019
Desafío al poder II, Justice Hotel, Chicago
Please leave this World, Maëlle Galerie, Paris
Afro Syncretic, The King Juan Carlos Gallery, New York
Sigan bailando (Despierte al vecino), BienalSur, Casa Museo Torre del Reloj, Cúcuta, Colombia
Concerto para pássaros, Goethe-Institut, São Salvador, Brazil
Broken Idols, Maëlle Galerie, Paris
11th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, San Ildefonso Museum, Mexico City
Manifestation Arts Ephémères, FLUX, Maison Blanche, Marseille, France
Zero Gravity International Performance Art Festival, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada
Nada personal, 13th Havana Biennial, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Detrás del muro, 13th Havana Biennial
Madre, en tus ojos me veo, Concrete Space, Miami
Look for Me All Around You, 14th Sharjah Biennial, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Queer is not a manifesto, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2018
FREE, Brickell City Centre, Miami
Resilience and Resistance in African Diaspora, Musée des Civilisations noires, Dakar, Senegal.
Loop Barcelona (with Gilda Lavia Gallery)
Estructuras vivientes, XIV Bienal de Cuenca, Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, Ecuador
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami
Drifting bodies actions in liquid contexts, (BOX) Videoart Project Space, Milan
Malditos de la posguerra, Espacio Aglutinador, Havana
Code Art Fair (with Gilda Lavia Gallery), Copenhagen
Carretera al mar, Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia.
Herencia, SACO – Festival de Arte Contemporáneo, Fundación Minera Escondida – Sala de Arte, Antofagasta, Chile
Utopías, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador
New Generation Performance Artists, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Wallach Art Gallery, New York
La persistencia del cuerpo: Rastros del arte de performance en América Latina, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay
Habeas Corpus Ad Subjiciendum: La mística del cuerpo, Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia
Monuments: Poetics of disclosure, MIAMI Prácticas contemporáneas, Bogota, Colombia
Supermarket Art Fair (with Kunstverein Familie Montez), Stockholm, Sweden
Habemus Korpus, Knoerle & Baettig, Winterthur, Switzerland
BioPix, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Live Artists Live: Simultaneity, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Performance Art Festival, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

2017
Untitled, Miami Beach, (with Y Gallery)
ON/OFF, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Self-Organize / Auto-Organizar, Bronx Art Space, New York
ARTBO (with Y Gallery, Corferias), Bogota, Colombia
Histories of Sexuality, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil
Ch.ACO (with Rossmut Gallery), CV Galería, Santiago, Chile
Curar la historia, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana
Manjar, Solar dos Abacaxis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Este mesmo corpo, Despina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California
Immigrancy, Samsøn Projects, Boston
Wake Festival, Performance Space, Folkestone, United Kingdom
Art x Cuba – Contemporary Perspectives since 1989, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, Anaheim, California
Pensar la Praxis, Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
Mostra Performatus #2, Sesc, Santos, Brazil
Vinte e três, Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal
Habeas Corpus Ad Subjiciendum: La mística del cuerpo, Pabellón Cuba, Havana
Memorie Indelebili: Arte e parole in movimento, 58° edizione del Premio Bice Bugatti, Villa Vertua Masolo, Nova Milanese, Italy
ON/OFF, Casa Victor Hugo, Havana
BP.17, Performance Box – arteBA, Buenos Aires
Tiempo de la intuición, Cuban Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH)
Independence Pop, Museo Fortaleza San Felipe, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Arte Fiera, with Rossmut Gallery, BolognaFiere, Bologna, Italy
Sonique, Spanish American Culture Center, Havana
Our Anxious Times, Express Newark, Rutgers University, New Jersey
LA Art Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles

2016
Toda percepción es una interpretación: You are part of it, CIFO Art Space, Miami
Bridges, Hacienda La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela.
Pierce, Mark, Morph, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami
We The People, Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, The Mezquita Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Art Verona (with Rossmut Gallery), Italy
Language Product, Boston Arts Academy
CUBA. Tatuare la storia, Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC), Palermo, Italy.
Swab Barcelona (with Galleria Rossmut)
Enacting Stillness, The 8th Floor, New York
La Cubana y el Cubano, The Copley Society of Art, Boston
Live Action 11, Bältespännarsparken, Gothenburg, Sweden
Quiebre: Festival Internacional de Performance, Paseo de Diego, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lima Photo 2016 (with Y Gallery), Centro de la Imagen
Xº Encuentro Hemisférico, DETUCH, Santiago, Chile
CUBA. Tatuare la storia, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC), Milan
Scope Art Show (with Kir Royal Gallery), Clarahuus, Basel, Switzerland
New World: Violence Remains, Teatterikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) (with Samsøn Projects), Basketball City, New York
Low-grade euphoria, Pfizer Building, New York
(AS ONE) Durational Works From IMMATERIAL, Benaki Museum, Athens
An Island Apart: Cuban Artists in Exile, Miller Gallery / Frank Museum of Art / Fisher Gallery; Westerville, Ohio
Barthes, mon amour, La ONG, Buenos Aires

2015
Time Sensitive, Pinta Miami, Mana Wynwood
Celebration Videoplay, Espaço Phosphorus, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Crossing Boundaries, Court Square Studios, New York, United States.
Festival de arte de acción Decadence Performance, Galería Espacio, Valencia, Spain
L’isola che sognava i leoni – Artwork in Cuba, Tornielli Museum, Ameno, Italy
A Beautiful New World, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Nanjing, China
Happy Hour, BHQFU, New York
4th Performance Festival Thessaloniki (5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art), Studio Vix Motrix, Thessaloniki, Greece
Encuentro Latinoamericano de Performance, Argentine Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA), Bueno Aires
Performeado, Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, New York
Video Action, Valencia Art Museum (MUVA), Carabobo, Spain
The Third Shore, Kir Royal Gallery, Valencia, Spain

2014
Encuentros, La Brise Glace, Annecy, France
The New [New] Corpse, Sector 2337, Chicago
Desafío al poder, Lugar Común, Caracas, Venezuela
Celebration Videoplay, (BOX)Videoart Project Space, Milan
Pinta London (with Steve Turner Contemporary)
Fleeting Imaginaries, CIFO Art Space, Miami
III International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2014, Mérida, Venezuela
30th Anniversary Havana Biennial, Centro Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art, Havana
Celebration Videoplay, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Argentino (MACA), Buenos Aires
Behind the Wall, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York
Rapid Pulse International, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago
Dextrocardíaco, Factory of Art, Madrid
Rolling Items Meet, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai
The In-Tension, Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon, Besançon, France
Think twice, New Latin American Jewelry, Museo Arocena, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
Lone star Explosion, Art League Houston, International Performance Art Biennale

2013
To Break the Walls, Museum of Fine Arts, Havana
Video in Action, French Alliance in Maracay,  Venezuela
Video Art of Central American and Caribbean “La Otra Bienal”, The Macarena, Bogota
The In-Tension, Beton7, Athens
Perpendicular Luta, SESC Palladium, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Behind the Wall, The 8th floor, New York
VIVA! Art action, Bain St-Michel, Montreal
Think twice: New Latin American Jewelry, Arts Center, Monterrey
Incorpora, Xisto Space, Bahia, Brazil
Beyon Fragility, Historical Center Kalamanca, Kalamanca, Greece
Road Maps, Sputnik Art Project, Milan
Sovereign acts, Space 13 Foundation, Warsaw
Think twice, New Latin American Jewelry, Estonian Museum of Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
Exhibition of Artists Award 2012, Haus der Kunst, Vallarta, Mexico

2012
International Multimedia Art Festival, Institut français de Birmanie, Yangon, Myanmar
Deformes Biennial IV, University of Chile “School of Theatre”, Santiago, Chile
On sincerity, Boston University, Boston
N.N. International Performance, Space Quina, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Close Combat II, The multinational, Quito
FLYERS, Collateral to the 11th Biennial of Havana, Morro – Cabaña, Havana
A History Vintage, 273 Alcalá, Madrid
New Video-political realities, Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Medellin; Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires; Contemporary Art Center of Quito; Cordoba Cultural Center, Cordoba; Co-op Tramallol, Sevilla; Cultural Center Founders, Manizales, Colombia; La Mandorla: Space Test and Action, San Juan; Foundation Art Bilbao; Perifèries (Nau), Valencia; Antic Teatre, Barcelona
Art is not easy: Temporary Lapses and Artistic Tranlation, Links Hall, Chicago
Wakes, Flashing Space, Cartagena, Colombia

2011
Quinquenio, Zalle Zero, French Alliance in Cuba, Havana
Pink Noise, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design “Luz & Oficio”, Havana
Friendly takeover, zu Gast bei E105 Artlab21 studio, Bonn, Germany
Think twice, New Latin American Jewelry, Bellevue Museum of Arts, Seattle
Spray, Das Hochhaus Kokerei Hansa Museum, Dortmund, Germany

2010
Images, Imageres, Imaginaires, World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Biscuiterie of Medina, Dakar
The Atmosphere: Section poetic + Art Festival, Centro Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art, Havana
Touched, Visitor Center, International Festival of Art Contemporany, 6th Liverpool Biennial
The tip of the bullet, a decade of Cuban Art, Cuba Pavilion, Havana
Subject omitted, Humboldt Chair, Havana
Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York
American Night, Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana
Utropicos, University of Fine Arts in Pontevedra, Pontevedra Biennial XXXI, Galicia, Spain

2009
Strong is the Morro WHO I AM, Space Aglutinador, Havana
Only short, Transfusion Cuban Cultural Festival, Barcelona
State of Exception, Gallery X Havana Biennial, Havana

Residencies and Awards
2020
Artist-in-Residence, Lux Art Institute, San Diego (Upcoming)

2019
Vancouver Biennale International Artist Residency, Vancouver

2018
Visiting Artist Lecture-Project Residency, University of Maryland, College Park
Persona | Residency Exchange Program, Peana Projects, Monterrey, Mexico.
Montez Performance Residency, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany.

2017
Residência Despina (Arte e Ativismo na América Latina), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016
Franklin Furnace Fund, New York
Artist-in-Residence, Denniston Hill, Fallsburg, New York

2015
Artist in Residence, BHQFU, New York

2014
Artist in Residence, Immigrant Movement International, New York
Artist in Residence, Cannonball Residence, Miami
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Award
Cannonball Residence, Miami

2013
Prize “Arte Laguna”, Venice

2012
Award “Close Up Vallarta”, Jalisco, Mexico
Short Term Residence, The Multinational, Quito

2009
Parties Prenantes, Betansalon, Paris

Bibliography
2019
Escamilla, Carlos. “Cuban Artist Carlos Martiel Brings His Powerful Performance Art to Denver,” 303 Magazine, September 23
Dupuis, Chris. “From Marina Abramović to Carlos Martiel, a Tradition of Self-Harm in Performance Art,” Hyperallergic, April 4
“At the Museo Nacional in Havana, 5 Shows Explore Cuban History & “Cubanidad”,” Cuban Art New, March 27
Dawson, Aimee. “Fake news, contested histories and fluctuating borders: the Sharjah Biennial in pictures,” The Art Newspaper, March 12

2017
Pichardo, Fernando. “Carlos Martiel Makes Sacrifices with His Body to Criticize the World,” VICE,
May 29
Imani, Theo. “Venice Biennale 2017 | Carlos Martiel’s body is a battle field,” Griot, May 12

2015
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2014
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2013
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2012
Frency. “Incontinente,” Uprising: Caribbean and Contemporary Art, September
Llanio, Arlén. “Hombre, negro, cubano, performer… Martiel entre la espada y la pared,” Uprising: Caribbean and Contemporary Art, January
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2009
van Nieuwenhuyzen, Martijn. “10th Havana Biennial: Integration and Resistance in the Global Era,” Flash Art International, July/September, p 28