Miguel Ángel Rojas
COL (1946). Lives and works in Bogota
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Photo: Oscar Monsalve
Miguel Angel Rojas is a painter, photographer, and architect who additionally uses installation and video to produce his conceptual pieces. He takes on challenging social subjects which include sexuality, violence, marginality, social inequality, and drug trafficking.
For Rojas, art is a means for reflecting on ethical issues and highlighting the social and moral problems that our modern society faces. His instrument is symbolic and metaphorical language that relates to Colombian history and culture and is a vehicle for clearly presenting the message. This language is frequently made up of controversial icons and symbols that have a double meaning. These include the coca leaf, gold, and silver.
The artist considers all his works self-portraits—even when they are not directly related to him—so long as all the subjects go through his interpretation and filter.
Miguel Angel Rojas has had solo exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, and the United States, and has participated in group shows throughout the world, such as the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2010. His work is included in many important museums and international collections, such as the Tate Modern in London, La Caixa de Barcelona Foundation, the MoMA in New York, the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, etc.