Los Carpinteros is the name taken by a group of young Cuban artists who collectively create humorous installations and objects.
In 1991 Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes, Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, and Alexandre Arrechea formed what would become Los Carpinteros—however they didn’t adopt the name until 1994, “deciding to renounce the notion of individual authorship and refer back to an older guild tradition of artisans and skilled laborers.” In 2003 Arrechea left the group. Both Valdes and Sanchez were born in Cuba and live and work in Havana. They have exhibited in Cuba, Europe and North America, and have received a number of awards.
In their work the artists incorporate aspects of architecture, design and sculpture to create installations and drawings that “negotiate the space between the functional and the nonfunctional",where they derive their “inspiration from the physical world” and express their interest in the intersection of art and society in a humorous manner. Los Carpinteros create a response to places, spaces and objects, how they have been conceived, built, used and abandoned.
Between personal exposures are those made in the 90s in the ' "Centro de Arte 23 y 12" Cuba. They have been exhibited at "The New Museum of Contemporary Art" and the "Contemporary Art Center" in New York; "Grant Selwyn Fine Arts" in Los Angeles, CA; at the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO'98 in Madrid; and Art Basel Miami where for the 2012 edition of the fair they built the "Güiro Art Bar".They held their first solo exhibition in Asia, 'Heterotopias', at Edouard Malingue Gallery in 2013.