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Darío Escobar

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1971
Lives and works between Mexico City and Guatemala

Darío Escobar studied Architecture. His work is characterized by formal and conceptual research on objects and its insertion in visual arts and art history. Escobar’s oeuvre constantly challenges the viewer to reconsider the central relationships in contemporary life: our bond with mass culture, the elaboration of new identities through consumerism and the questioning of "the popular" and “the cultured”; how produced objects that invade our everyday life make us reflect about our own role in the social, political and economic systems that support our existence.

Since the late nineties, Escobar has used a wide range of everyday industrial and consumer products: McDonald’s cups, cereal boxes, vulcanized wheels, car bumpers and sportswear of different kinds to build a continuous dialogue with reality and global consumerism. Also, it has incorporated an extensive conversation with the object’s development through the times.


The work of Escobar (b.1971) has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, USA), Museo Jumex (Mexico City, Mexico), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, (Monterrey, Mexico), ArtNexus Foundation (Bogota, Colombia), Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara, USA); CAFAM Museum (LA, USA), among others.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago,USA), the Centre Pompidou Foundation (Paris, France), The Museum Of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, USA), the Colección Jumex (Mexico City, Mexico), Taguchi Art Collection (Tokyo, Japan), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna, Austria), Carlos Mérida National Museum of Modern Art (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Museo Del Barrio (New York, USA), Femsa (Monterrey, Mexico), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami, USA), The Arts Council Of The Municipality Of Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark), among others.