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Ivan Argote (born 1983 in Bogotá, Colombia) lives and works in Paris and New York. He studied design and new media at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá as well as fine arts at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. Argote works with mixed media: his (video) performances, photography, sculptures, paintings, new media and video art often share humour with a rebellious twist and comment on the ways we traditionally regard art. “My works are reflections about the way we behave, about how we understand our close environment, and about how this close environment is related with history, traditions, art, politics and power. Creating these reflections in a playful spirit, this allows me to work with great freedom in different ways, which also is a comment about the way one works on art,” explains the artist, who already enjoys international attention. Argote presented his work at solo exhibitions in acclaimed art institutions like Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CA2M, Madrid, the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil and numerous group exhibitions in Europe, USA and South America.
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