Carlos Rolón

Carlos Rolón (°1970, Cicago, IL )known for his multi-disciplinary practice whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of craft, ritual, beauty, spirituality, identity and its relationship to art history and the institution. Born to a Puerto-Rican family, Rolón’s background allows the artist to explore personal ideas which directly deal with questions of inclusion, aspiration and cultural identity. Often connecting childhood memories, the artist bore witness to the ways in which households have adapted to new American middle-class lifestyles with homes, walls and furniture adorned with ephemera of color, texture, patterns and items brought into the home to create a sense of longing. It is from here Rolón takes inspiration and transforms these vantage points producing a hybrid language of exuberant flora paintings, sculpture, social practice and site-specific installations composed of diverse materials that offer opportunities for self-reflection, rich symbolism and community engagement, bridging the divide between public and private. Rolón explores how cultivated settings and social barriers operate and its relationship to postcolonial spaces. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. Inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.


New Orleans Museum of Art, ‘Outside/In’, Louisiana, USA

Library Street Collective, ‘Buscando América’, Detroit, USA

Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, University of Alabama, ‘BOXED’, Alabama, USA

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, ‘Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms’, California, USA

Cūmmer Museum, ‘Lost in Paradise’, Florida, USA


The Tube Factory, ‘50 Grand Curated by Shauta Marsh’, Indiana, USA

Library Street Collective, ‘Loiza’, Michigan, USA


Museo de Arte de Ponce, ‘Tropicaliza’, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Monique Meloche Gallery, ‘Ace of Fades(on the wall)’, Illinois, USA

Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ‘Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories’, Michigan, USA

Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Carlós Rolon/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely…’, Illinois, USA

Oakland University Art Gallery, ‘IllinoisCommonwealth’, Michigan, USA


Pearl Lam Gallery, ‘Mi Casa’, Singapore, Singapore

Rolls-Royce Art Initiative, Singapore, Singapore

Rockford Art Museum, ‘Now and Then’, Illinois, USA

Art Basel, ‘Encounters – Invitational Sector’, Hong Kong, China

Casterline Goodman Gallery, ‘ONLY YOU: New Mirror Paintings’, Colorado, USA

Tiffany & Co., Chicago; EXPO Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Tiffany & Co., MCA Commission + Collaboration’, Illinois, USA

Lincoln Center, ‘Vera List Artist Project’, New York, USA


space k, ‘Tunnel Vision’, Gwangju, Korea

Walter Otero Contemporary, ‘New Work’, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Art Cologne Invitational, Salon 94 and Galerie Henrik Springmann ‘Trophy Room’, Cologne, Germany

Leeahn Gallery, ‘Thinking of Forever’, Seoul, Korea

Paul Kasmin Gallery and Salon 94, ‘Dzine: Born Carlós Rolon, 1970’, New York, USA


Public Functionary, ‘Victory’, Minnesota, USA

The Dallas Contemporary, ‘Victory’, Texas, USA


Galerie Henrik Springmann, ‘Imperial Nail Salon’, Berlin, Germany

Deptford X, ‘Phenomenon Curated by Hew Locke and Indra Khanna’, London, United Kingdom

La Pelanda – Centro Di Produzione Culturale, ‘Installation and performance’, Rome, Italy


Salon 94, ‘Imperial Nail Salon’, New York, USA

New Museum, ‘Get Nailed at the New Museum’, New York, USA

Galerie Zidoun, ‘Zeniths and Daytons’, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Leo Koenig Projekte, ‘Voodoo’, New York, USA

Krinzinger Projekte, ‘Voodoo’, Wien, Republik Österreich

Flint Institute of Arts (fleckenstein video gallery), ‘Posse’, Michigan, USA


Bass Museum of Art, ‘Bass Museum of Art’, Florida, USA

Leeahn Gallery, ‘Love & Loyalty’, Daegu, Korea


Deitch Projects, ‘The Beautiful Struggle’, New York, USA

Emily Murphy Contemporary, Madrid, Spain

Illinois State University, Illinois, USA


Contemporary Arts Society, Rome, Italy

Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands


SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, ‘Stealing Dreams’, Tokyo, Japan

Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, Illinois, USA

Museo del Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘Just Kidding’, Gateshead, United Kingdom


Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Punk Funk’, Missouri, USA


moniquemeloche, ‘Staring at the Sun’, Illinois, USA

Palais de Tokyo, ‘Gangster Boogie’, Paris, France

Illinois State Museum Gallery, ‘traveling exhibition’, Illinois, USA

University of Missouri – Gallery 210, ‘traveling exhibition’, Illinois, USA

St. Louis & Illinois State Museum, ‘traveling exhibition’, Illinois, USA

Equal Gallery, Osaka, Japan

SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, ‘Beautiful Things’,Tokyo, Japan

ARCO ‘04-International Contemporary Art Fair, ‘Project Invitational’, Madrid, Spain


Institute of Visual Art Center (inova), ‘Alley Oop’, Wisconsin, USA

University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery, ‘Tokyo Boogie’ Tears’, Alabama, USA


moniquemeloche gallery, ‘Beat Junkie, Chop Shop’, Illinois, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Sampler’, Illinois, USA


Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, ‘Pardon My Language Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama’, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Selfridges, ‘What Are We Fighting For Curated by Michèle Lamy’, London, United Kingdom

Cornell Art Museum, ‘Flora Curated by Melanie Johanson’, Florida, USA

Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Bronzeville Echoes’, Illinois, USA

Pensacola Museum of Art, ‘Stone’s Throw Curated by Carrie Fonder’, Florida, USA


Contemporary Arts Center, ‘Ephemera Obscura’, Louisiana, USA

Pearl Lam Galleries, ‘Acts of Transgression’, Hong Kong, China

David Castillo Gallery, ‘No Burden as Heavy’, Florida, USA

Flag Art Foundation, ‘The Times’, New York, USA

Children’s Museum of Art, ‘Maker, Maker’, New York, USA

Pearl Lam Galleries, ‘Materialized Condition’, Singapore, Singapore

Leeahn Gallery, ‘Beautiful Black’, Daegu, Korea


The Lehman College Art Gallery, ‘Bedazzled’, New York, USA

Chimento Contemporary, California, USA

New Art Projects, ‘Erik Hanson: Two Years of Looking’, London, United Kingdom

Daegu Art Museum, ‘DNA’, Daegu, Korea


The Mint Museum, ‘Body Embellishment’, North Carolina, USA

Eric Firestone Gallery, ‘Black/White Curated by Brian Alfred’, New York, USA

Jack Shainman Gallery, ‘All Killer No Filler’, Illinois, USA

Tiffany & Co., Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘EXPO Chicago 2015’, Illinois, USA

Pearl Lam Galleries, ‘EXPO Chicago 2015’, Singapore, Singapore

Salon 94, ‘EXPO Chicago 2015’, New York, USA

Arts Incubator, ‘Forms of Imagination’, Illinois, USA

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americans (MACLA), ‘Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance’, Florida, USA


EXPO CHICAGO, ‘Shaq Loves People Presented by the Flag Art Foundation’, Illinois, USA

Art Sound Machine, MARTa Herford, ‘Booster’, Herford, Germany

Rockford Art Museum, ‘Tradiciones’, Illinois, USA


Galerie Henrik Springmann, ‘The Concept of Baroque in Contemporary Art Curated by Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt’, Berlin, Germany

Zachęta National Gallery of Ar, ‘In God We Trust’, Warsaw, Poland

Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Homebodies’, Illinois, USA

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, ‘Vial’, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), ‘On Painting’, Canary Islands, Spain



Eric Firestone Gallery, ‘The Haberdashery’, New York, USA

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, ‘Interconnections’, Santurce, Puerto Rico


Domaine Pommery, ‘Experience Pommery #9 (La Fabrique sonore) Curated by Claire Staebler and Charles Carcopino’, Reims, France

Domaine Pommery, ‘Carcopino’, Reims, France

Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Write Now: Artists and Letterforms’, Illinois, USA

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture and POST, 54th Venice Biennale, ‘Commercial Break Curated by Neville Wakefield’, Venice, Italy

Sun Valley Center for the Arts, ‘Geared: The Culture of Bicycles’, Idaho, USA

El Museo del Barrio, ‘VOCES Y VISIONES: Signs, Systems and the City in El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection’, New York, USA


Martha Otero Gallery, ‘Legal Tender’, California, USA

Busan Biennale, ‘Living in Evolution Curated by Takashi Azumaya’, Busan, Korea

Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape’, California, USA

MAMA, ‘(I Can) Feel the Pulse’, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ‘Stages’, Paris, France

Traveled to Deitch Projects, New York, and O.H.W.O.W, Miami


Collection Vanmoerkerke, ‘Not So Minimal’, Oostende, Belgium


Deitch Projects, Art Basel Miami Beach 2007, ‘Barrio Dreams’, Florida, USA

Ukrainian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, ‘A Poem about an Inland Sea’, Venice, Italy

Brooklyn Museum, ‘Carribean Encounters’, New York, USA

LABoral, ‘Simply Beautiful’, Gijon, Spain

Pinchuk Art Centre, ‘Generations U(s)A’, Kiev, Ukraine

Fundament Foundation, ‘Public Image, Painting the City’, Tilburg, Netherlands


Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘Spank the Monkey’, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Carla Arocha and Dzine, ARCO ’06, ‘New Territories: On Youth Culture’, Madrid, Spain

Museo de la Ciencias Principe Felipe, ‘Observatori’, Valencia, Spain


Nerman Museum of Art/JCCC, ‘Lost in Music’, Kansas, USA


Real Art Ways, ‘None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists’, Connecticut, USA

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, ‘None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists’, Santurce, Puerto Rico

LUXE Gallery, ‘Stop & Stor’, New York, USA


Wayne State University Gallery, ‘Painting by Design’, Michigan, USA

Parco Gallery, ‘Sk8 on the Wall’, Tokyo, Japan


  • Chicago, Illinois, USA 1970


  • Lives and works in Chicago