Iván Navarro was born in 1972 in Santiago, Chile, where he grew up during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Navarro’s experiences under the regime continue to fuel his examination of electric energy and sound as symbols and tools of power. He is known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. Navarro represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include Una Guerra Silenciosa e Imposible, CorpArtes Foundation, Santiago, Chile (2015); Under the Same Sun, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); South London Gallery, London (2016); Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); This Land is Your Land, Madison Square Park, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; and North Park Center, Dallas, TX (2014 - 2016); 299 792 458 m/s, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea (2014); Where is the Next War?, Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris (2013); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; and CorpArtes, Santiago, Chile (2013 - 2016); Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures, Frost Museum of Art, Miami (2012); Nacht und Nebel, Fondazione VOLUME!. Rome, Italy (2012); the Prospect.2 Biennial in New Orleans (2011); Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York (2010); HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel (2010); Nowhere Man, Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, UK, and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (2009); Threshold, Chilean Pavilion, Aresnal, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Don Quijote, Witte de Witt. Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006); and Artificial Light, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami (2006).
His work is held in the public and private collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), CAB (Burgos), Towner Contemporary Art Museum, (Eastbourne, UK), LVMH Collection (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL), Fundación ARCO (Madrid) and Borusan Contemporary Art Collection (Turkey).
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
“Onomatoepopeyas,” CENTRO CULTURAL MATUCANA 100, Santiago, Chile
“Una Guerra Silenciosa e Imposible,” CORPARTES FOUNDATION, Santiago, Chile
“Nacht und Nebel,” GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON, Brussels, Belgium
"This Land is Your Land," NORTHPARK CENTER, Dallas
"299 792 458 m/s," GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea
This Land is Your Land, Madison Square Park, New York
"Where is the Next War?," GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON, Paris
"Impenetrables," ART KABINETT, Art Basel, Miami
"Heaven or Las Vegas," SCAD MUSEUM OF ART, Savannah
"Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures," FROST MUSEUM OF ART, Miami
"Light at the End of the Tunnel," EGERAN GALLERY, Istanbul
"Nacht und Nebel," FONDAZIONE VOLUME!, Rome
"UNO Fence, Prospect.2" UNO GALLERY, New Orleans
BARO GALERIA, Saô Paulo
"Heaven or Las Vegas," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"The Armory Fence," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY AT THE ARMORY SHOW, New York