Wilfredo Prieto’s work (Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1978) indistinctly implements installation, video or performance, proposing spaces for reflection around power, the paradoxes of social relations and the effect and incidence of economic and political fluctuations. At the same time, he handles a peculiar poetics of scale, giving meaning to the magnitude of an object and the banality of a gesture. His work questions the basic structures of contemporary culture and reflects on consumption, society and thought itself. His actions move between the subtle and the obvious, an invitation to distance ourselves from common experiences.

Wilfredo Prieto appropriates the world around him to shape ideas with radical, precarious and fragile gestures. Through his work he presents metaphors that are crystallized in everyday objects and recognizable materials of everyday life.

Wilfredo Prieto lives and works in Havana, Cuba.

Selected works

Avalancha

2003
Straight line made with spheres assembled from smallest to largest
Dimensions variable

Eclipse (Euro)

2010
Two coins
2.5 × 3.3 cm ( 3132 × 1 516 inches )

Miren el tamaño de este mango (Look at the size of this mango)

2011
Mango, blackberry and rubber band
Dimensions variable

Tied up to the table leg

2011
Table, rope and helicopter
Dimensions variable

Pantalones rotos (Torn Jeans)

2012
Horses and a pair of Levi’s jeans
Dimensions variable

Hoja verde

2018
Leaf, acrylic paint
40 × 25 × 10 cm ( 15 34 × 9 2732 × 3 1516 inches )

Amor

2019
Papaya seed and porexpan
1 × 0.5 cm ( 38 × 316 inches )

Flowers with Chanel No5

2011
Plant, perfume
Dimensions variable

Monument

2008-2012
Concrete mixer truck, cement
Dimensions variable

The round ball comes in a square box

2011
Ball, box
34 × 25 × 25 cm ( 13 38 × 9 2732 × 9 2732 inches )

Magnet and gum

2012
Magnet, gum
15.5 × 6 × 1 cm ( 6 332 × 2 38 × 38 inches )

Una aguja en un pajar (Needle in a haystack)

2012
Needle, starw
Dimensions variable

Untitled (white library)

2004
White books, shelve, tables and chairs
Dimensions variable

Magia

2002
Metal, rubber, plastic
100 × 320 × 60 cm ( 39 38 × 125 3132 × 23 58 inches )

Papas piedras

2017
Potatoes, stones
Dimensions variable

Explicaciones a la anomalía (Fake News)

2020
Acrylic on canvas
29.7 × 42 cm ( 11 1116 × 16 1732 inches )

Las mujeres más eficientes a la hora de invertir su dinero (Fake News)

2020
Acrylic on canvas
29.7 × 42 cm ( 11 1116 × 16 1732 inches )

Apolítico (versión diagonal)

2004
Chalk on blue paper
70 × 100 cm ( 27 916 × 39 38 inches )

Speech

1999
Toilet roll made with newspaper
⌀10 cm ( ⌀3 1516 inches )

Matriuska

2004
Pencil on paper
100 × 70 cm ( 39 38 × 27 916 inches )

Installation

Chiudere un occhio

2019
Fondazione Morra Greco
Naples

No se puede hacer una revolución con guantes de seda

2016
Kurimanzutto
Mexico City

Composicions

2016
Latitudes
Barcelona gGallery Weekend
Barcelona

Ping Pong Grid

2015
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Havana

System Error

2015
MACZUL - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia
Maracaibo

Itinerarios XXI

2015
Fundación Botín
Santander

Beso

2015
ArtLine Art Prize
Milan

Speaking Badly about Stones

2014
S.M.A.K.
Ghent

The View of the Garden of Helene Hollandt

2014
Kunstverein Braunschweig

Primer acto: Inauguración

2012
Museo Tamayo
Mexico City

Balancing the Curve

2012
HangarBicocca
Milan

A Museum That is Not

2011
Times Museum
Guangzhou

Left/Right

2011
MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo
Vigo

Landscape with the fall of Icarus

2011
Kunsthalle Lissabon
Lisbon

Amarrado a la pata de la mesa (Tied up to the table leg)

2011
CAM2 - Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo
Madrid

I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs

2010
De Appel Boys’ School
Amsterdam

Thessaloniki Biennial

2009
Thessaloniki

That Was Then…This is Now

2008
PS1 MoMA
New York

52 Venice Biennale

2007
Italo-Latinamerican Pavilion
Venice

VIII Havana Biennial

2003
Wilfredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art
Havana

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