About The Work
Rolón is known for his elaborately-crafted paintings and ornate sculptures that correspond to his experience as a first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican descent. His work questions the concept of luxury and craft-making and explores identity, integration and aspiration. These tile paintings are made with Moorish ceramic and Spanish Porcelain and emblematic of the artist's exploration and use of the crafts of other cultures to reveal relationships to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. They both were featured in Rolón's 2018 solo exhibition Outside/In at the New Orleans Museum of Art along with site specific planters, benches, and other sculptures which also incorporate decorative and colorful mosaics.
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.
Since its creation in 2002, Gallery Salon 94 has expanded from exhibiting a small
group of artists projects in a non-traditional, domestic setting to the support and
exhibition of a versatile and eclectic program of artists from around the world. The
gallery has long shown both established and emerging artists working in sculpture,
painting, fiber, installation, and video. Salon 94 has ushered female artists such as
Judy Chicago, Huma Bhabha, Sylvie Fleury, Laurie Simmons and Marilyn Minter
towards becoming more established fixtures of contemporary art. The additions of
Lyle Ashton Harris, Lisa Brice, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Ruby Neri, and Warlimpirrnga
Tjapaltjarri to the gallery’s roster are significant of Salon 94’s desire to expose an
audience to artists from countries outside of the United States, with diverse