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(Born. Carlos Rolon, Chicago Illinois 1970)
Lives and works in Chicago
Continuing his investigation into Kustom Kulture and its relationship to art, sub cultures and the institution, Chicago-based artist Dzine has developed a unique practice creating work that contextualizes these diverse elements to develop his own language. The work addresses these issues through a lens of spirituality, beauty, desire, faith, folklore, and identity. Incorporating the ideals of craft making, appropriation and the baroque, the end result is mixture of sculpture, paintings, and installation. The juxtaposition and combination of the studio paintings, the appropriated and original kustom kulture sculptures result in hybrid artifacts that are beautifully crafted, aggressive, thoughtful, sexual, and strangely seamless. The artist seeks to change the rules concerning the final image by illuminating how the masculine can become delicate, how baroque can be minimal, and how rational can become emotional. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. The result proves to be universal and painstakingly honest.
Dzine is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture. In 2011 he was selected as the Spring Semester Kraus Visiting Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Solo Museum exhibitions include:Bass Museum of Art, Miami;Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan;Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands.
Museum group exhibitions include: TheBaltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Museo del Barrio, NY and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev.
In 2007 Dzine represented Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Biennale di Venezia.