ARLES DEL RIO
Arles del Rio (b. 1975, Cuba) is a contemporary artist, living and working in Havana, Cuba.
Arles del Rio’s practise springs from a deep interest in human relations and the social contexts in which these play out. In his work he looks for physical ways to manipulate, reproduce and reinterpret elusive concepts of ideology, illusion and existence. Working across a multitude of materials and medias, his focus is always on the immediacy of perception; complex problems must be explained in simple forms that invites a broad audience to reflect and engage, exemplified in installations such as the iconic 'Fly Away', Havana (2012), 'Nearness' at Time's Square, NYC (2014) and ‘Subway’ Havana, 2016.
Beginning his career in the mid-90s, first as a craftsman, and later artist-apprentice, del Rio's artistic talent has been honed by years of research and exploration. Del Rio has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Cuba, the US, China and Mexico. His work is included in the collections of Perez Art Museum (PAAM), the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, alongside other notable private collections.