Carlos Motta was born in 1978 in Bogota, Colombia. He lives and works in New York, USA.
Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities.
Motta’s work has been presented internationally in venues such as Tate Modern, London, UK; The New Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogota, Colombia;Perez Art museum of Miami, Musée d’art d’amérique-latine de Buenos Aires, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany; Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico; and many other public, private and independent spaces throughout the world. His solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Art Museum, Amsterdam and Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional at Claustro de San Agustín, Bogotá. In 2016 his solo exhibitions included: Histories of the Future, Pérez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami; REQUIEM, MALBA—Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Beloved Martina, Mercer Union, Toronto; Deviations, PPOW Gallery, New York; and the performance Mondo Invertito at Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno. Motta will also participate in Incerteza Viva: 32nd Bienal de São Paulo in 2016.
Motta’s work has been recently reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, Hyperallergic, BOMB Magazine, Arte al Dia and other magazines and publications.
In 2017 Motta won The Vilcek Foundation’s Prize for Creative Promise and in 2014 the Main Prize—Future Generation Art Prize of the PinchukArtCentre. He has recently delivered talks and presentations at MoMA, Artists Space, New Museum, Frieze New York and Museo Jumex. In 2014 he delivered a keynote presentation during SF MoMA’s Visual Activism symposium in San Francisco. Motta guest edited the e-flux journal April 2013 issue, “(im)practical (im)possibilities” on contemporary queer art and culture.
Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2006), was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2008), and received grants from Art Matters (2008), NYSCA (2010), Creative Capital Foundation and the Kindle Project (2012), and he is shortlisted for the Third Edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, PInchukArtCenter (2014).
He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design, New York, USA; The School of Visual Arts, New York, USA; and has been visiting faculty at Pratt Institute School of Art and Design, New York, USA.