Chemi Rosado Seijo
Vega Alta, PR, 1973
Vega Alta, PR, 1973
Painter, video, installation, construction, and performance artist, creator of interventions. Obtained a Bachelor Degree at the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1977. He has taken part in such local and international events as the Prague Biennial in 2005, the International Painting Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2004, and the Whitney Biennial in New York in 2002. From 2002 to 2004 he did a residency at M&M Projects in San Juan, in 2005 at Art in General in New York, and in 2006 at Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA7) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He creates multimedia projects that attempt to bring daily life to contemporary art and propose alternative readings of the political and social situation. Currently he is interested in exploring the parallels between skateboarding and contemporary art and in producing an alternative map of the urban geometry from the skateboarding point of view. To do this, he uses documentaries and public “interventions,” such as his exhibit of sheets of plywood taken from skateboarding ramps, the skateboard marks taken as equivalents of Jackson Pollock’s drip painting technique.
My work consists of community-based interventions linked to and suggestive of the site where they have been developed. Mostly, it reflects my interest in socially engaged art and collaborations by juxtaposing architecture with the urban landscape, art with social action, and art with its history.
Often my art works, projects or interventions are set and/or developed on the communities that have inspired said works, projects or interventions. This, in turn, seeks to involve the people living in the communities with the actual (art) project. This “interweaving” of the communities that has inspired my work, intends to pay tribute to the people and the location where they have formed their communities. Likewise, my work aspires to exalt and/or draw attention to the already existing beauty of the place through the creation and depiction of a hyper reality that would bring together people from different social classes, the bureaucratic institutions and cultural agencies with those whom they are supposed to serve and/or affect, and those who, otherwise, wouldn’t come together.
En sus marcas…, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2008.
Produciendo realidad, Prometeo Association of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italia, 2005.
Judith Tannenbaum and René Morales. Island Nations: New Art from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico & the Diaspora, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island, Estados Unidos, 2004.
Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Deborah Cullen and Steven Colmes, None of the Above Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, Estados Unidos, 2004.
Lawrence Rinder, et. al., Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 2002.
Politi, Giancarlo. Prague Biennale 2, Praga, República Checa, 2005.
None of the Above. Contemporary Works by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, Estados Unidos, 2004.
Whitney Biennial 2002. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 2002.
PR'02 [en ruta], M&M proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Octubre 2002
Tapando para ver, M&M proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002
PR'00 [paréntesis en la ciudad], M&M proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001
Puerto Rico 02 [en ruta], M&M proyects, 6-12 de octubre de 2002, Editorial Comart, S.L. Madrid.
Medina, Cuauhtémoc. "El Ojo Breve: De Geografías Tropicales". Periódico La Reforma (México), 19 de mayo de 2003, p. 54.
Holland, Cotter. "2002 Whitney Biennial". The New York Times (New York, EU).
Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. The Americas Society, Inc. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Issue 68, Vol. 37, No. 1 de mayo de 2004.