Negocios grandes y pequeños
Negocios grandes y pequeños arises from a profound reflection on Colombia’s persistent economic inequalities, while responding to the artist’s interest in questioning and revisiting socio-political and cultural conflicts afflicting today’s society. Large-scale drawings, video installations and sculptural pieces employing historically charged materials such as coca leaves, gold, silver, and native grass, act as metaphors that refer to the increasing disparities in income and wealth, resulting from misguided public policies (or lack thereof.)
For Rojas, art is an ethical and inclusive space that for years has allowed him to reflect upon themes as complex as drug trafficking, injustice, double standards, and war. In this exhibition, however, Rojas focuses on questioning the distribution of wealth by juxtaposing notions of misery and opulence materialized into impeccable formal solutions that seek to dignify those less fortunate.
Miguel Ángel Rojas, was born in Bogotá in 1946. He studied Architecture at Universidad Javeriana and Painting at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Selected solo exhibitions include: El Camino Corto, Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2012); Objetivo-Subjetivo, Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá (2007); Bio, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá (1991). He has participated in a number of international group exhibitions including 29 Bienal São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brasil (2010), Cantos Cuentos Colombianos, Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, Switzerland (2004), 39 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Bogotá, Colombia (2004), Re-Aligning Vision, Museo del Barrio, New York, USA (1997), Latin American Artist of the Twentieth Century, MOMA, New York (1993). His work can be found in collections like Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona; Daros Latin America Collection, Zurich; Museum of Modern Art, New York; MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Castilla y León; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá; Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México City.