Iván Argote (born Iván Assad Argote Calderón), was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1983. He is a contamporary artist and film maker based in Paris. He holds a Master Degree in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and a Master In Graphic Design from the National University of Colombia. Argote creates scenarios in his art that blend rebellion and absurdity. “My works are reflections on the way we behave and how we understand our environment and how our immediate surroundings relate to history, tradition, art, politics and power,” Argote says of his work. He works mainly in video, films and installations, and his projects have been shown in several countries all around the world.
Recent individual contemporary art exhibitions include: “Let’s write a History of Hopes”, Galería Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2014; “Strengthlesness”, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France, 2014 ; “La Estrategia”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013; “Un millón de amigos”, Galería ADN, Barcelona, Spain, 2013; “Sin heroísmos, por favor”, CA2M, Madrid, Spain, 2012, “Caliente”, Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, Paris, France, 2011.
His work has been also included in prestigious group shows such as : “5th Tesaloniki Biennale”, Tesaloniki, Greece, 2015; “Buildering: Misbehaving the City”, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA, 2014; “Utopian Days – Freedom”, Total Museum, Seoul, South Korea, 2014; “Colonia Apócrifa”, MUSAC, Leon, Spain, 2014; “Tectonic”, Moving Museum, Dubai, UAE, 2013; “Los irrespetuosos”, Museo Carrilo Gil, México DF, Mexico, 2013; “30th Sao Paulo Biennial”, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012 ; “Girarse”, Joan Miró Fundation, Barcelona, Spain, 2012.