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Carlos Rolón was born in 1970 in Chicago, IL where he continues to live and work. He has been recognized for his elaborately-crafted paintings and ornate sculptures that correspond to his experience as a first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican decent. Rolón creates objects questioning the concept of luxury and craft-making to explore questions of identity, integration and aspiration. His studio practice investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. .
Rolón has had solo exhibitions at Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Museo de Arte de Ponce & Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. In 2007 Rolón represented Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture and his work is included in numerous public collections such as Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Bronx Museum, New York, Museo del Barrio, New York , Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands, and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego among others.