CHEMA MADOZ

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Biographical notes

Chema Madoz was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1958. He studied History of Art at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1980-1983). His images – influenced by surrealism and visual poetry – contain a magical universe in which ordinary things are never what they seem to be. His visual paradoxes are the result of a careful conceptual operation. Though alienating, these compositions end up acquiring a very solid logic. The first paradox in his production concerns the contrast between the abstraction of the image construction process and the concrete result: his objects are real (but often unrecognizable because of their decontextualization), but they invite us to decode their new and anomalous interpretation.

In 2000 Chema Madoz’s work received important honors such as the Premio Nacional de Fotografía, PHotoEspaña Prize and Higashikawa Prize. He exhibited in numerous institutional locations in Europe and the United States.

The exhibition Objetos 1990-1999 is the first retrospective dedicated to a living Spanish author hosted at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. Poética is the title of its important exhibition toured in Japan, China and Brazil. Between 2004 and 2010 ADMIRA travelled his exhibition The dream of objects, curated by Enrica Viganò. Among the numerous publications we mention: Obras Maestras, Jardin Botanico, XXI, Tempo, Poésia Visual. Duane Michals / Chema Madoz is the title of the exhibition presented at the Galleria Galleria Clara Sels in Dülsseldorf (Germany) in 2017.

All images Chema Madoz.