Marisa Caichiolo was born in Argentina. Expertly exploring diverse media that ranges from video art installation to painting and sculpture, Caichiolo is also working as International Art Curator.
She is working also with projects between the U.S. and South America.
Caichiolo pronounces this realm of spiritual union through the combination of motifs and symbols taken from today’s most prominent religions and belief-systems. Utilizing clothing as a working medium, she elaborates and re-invents the legacy of the dress. She yields a complex hybrid, a unique dress for an equally distinguished woman: a cover for the ancient priestess who simultaneously represents the Universal Mother.
She studied in the University of Buenos Aires and has a Master Degree in Art History, Restoration and Psychology. Her works as an artist have been showcased in Brazil, Mexico, Qatar, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, China, Argentina as well as in New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Fe within the United States.
She is one of the Founders and curator of Building Bridges International Art Foundation in Los Angeles, USA. She has been an international curator and jury of various biennials and important prizes with the Ministry of Culture of Mexico, Chile, Argentina, USA, Qatar, and Sharjah.
SKIN: A LAND OF DISCOVERY
By Daniel G. Alfonso. Art Writer, Cuba
From the beginning to end, Marisa Caichiolo is as surprising as her creative capacity using human body, skin, photography, and clothing, amongst other multiple means of expression.Her visual work has travelled through a variety of concerns; however, it is currently focused on working and investigating the skin as a metaphor that allows her to create a poetical speech about the different problems and complexities related to identity. All this through a thorough exploration of the different artistic forms the author uses to express herself. Skin is a part of the body; it is a part of all of us even though it differs from one person to another. Every skin has its own story, past, present, and future. Penetrating the epidermis and looking beyond is not an easy task: its interpretations and undertones are very fluctuating. Caichiolo appreciates this organ as a wrapper, as a map that separates our inner and outer worlds.
After restoring the Santa Vibiana Cathedral in center Los Angeles, the artist felt and found strong connections with the spirituality of her surroundings. She became interested in working on a very complex and mystical theme, expressed in the creation of dresses that work as an allegory to garments that cover and protect us (similar to the skins ́ function). This way, the Sacred dresses (2006-2011) installation was born: a title to a series of works that consist on seven large canvases that make the spectator wonder and reflect about different beliefs and religious practices. In every dress we find figurative and abstract representations that tell a story about the emergence of religious cosmogonies and the way they have influenced our current social context. Textures, tones, and colors allow the reading of each piece, and work as gateways that transfer us to heaven and communicate us with our deepest wishes.
During our conversation on the 12th Art Biennial of La Habana, my attention was powerfully drawn to the new videos and installations that she made for the Realidades Paralelas and Underneath the skin, EMPTINESS exhibitions shown on the Qingdao Art Biennial (China) and the HEART Contemporary Art Foundation (Italy). On the Asian region she displayed a video, with the same name, were a Latin woman (Rachel Robles) puts on and takes off a burka (dress) used by Middle-East cultures, an attire that becomes an icon that she will repeat, from now on, on her production. The audiences acquainted with Arabic costumes can visually perceive the issue Marisa Caichiolo points out.
She subtly transports us to the complex situation that migrants experience trying to fit in a culture that does not belong to them; a position she closely experimented when she arrived to the United States,” a country with habits and practices very different from her own”, the artist comments. Apparel, skin that covers us, becomes a symbol or footprint which is hard to erase, it is a mark that accompanies us in our trip through the universe. This is evidenced through the in situ work she carried out on the beaches of Qingdao, in which two large dresses- a black one, symbolizing women and a white one, symbolizing men- were shifted by wave currents through the whole space. The sea separates and unites us; it is an invisible barrier between the different systems of belief.
Marisa keeps inquiring and exploring her own territory in a very similar way, and broadens her series Bajo la Piel, el Vacio with new creations that stimulate our thinking. Her most recent piece, classified as a performance- installation by the artist, was executed during her stay at the Ifitry residence in Morocco. She works with a local model (SanaeArragas) in a both accurate and intelligent way that allows her to dialogue with her context and nod at the rest of the world.
Black and white are once again present on the symbolic world that Marisa Caichiolo builds with every work, Dermis León describes. The elegant and sober result consists on a woman that is wearing a long dress that works as skin, shield and defense; she is slowly hovered through the waters of a swimming pool, a metaphor of the sea that unites us and makes us equal. Her emptiness disturbs us; her messages produce more questions than answers. That is what her work and contemporary art are about: having doubts, reflecting on and approaching every object or artistic action.
Marisa Caichiolo ́s complete production manages to transmit even the smallest detail. Her philosophical, aesthetical, religious and artistic thinking have allowed her to create pieces full of mystical symbolism that contain a unique energetic vibration that allows the audience to experience different emotions with every piece. From her collaboration as a designer in “The Rugrats go Wild” and “The Wild Thornberrys” movies to her most recent video "No more blood in your clothes" that points out the abuse committed by the textile industry, Marisa has transcended art history as a woman who is able to link universal phenomena through images taken from her subconscious mind combining them with her different styles and techniques.
1997 - Selected Young artists prize- Palace de Glaze- Buenos Aires- Argentina
2008 - Selected by the International Olympic committee to be part of the permanent collection of the Museum FineArts- China-Beijing representing Argentina
2009 - Selected by David Pagel Los Angeles Times Prize – 825 Gallery
2014 - China Biennale – Qindao
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS MUSEUMS & CULTURAL CENTERS
China - OFFA museum of Olympic Fine Arts India-tagore Cultural Center
China - Qindao Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles - Kashfian Private Collection
Los Angeles - Japanese Cultural Center
2000 - Soho Magazine, New York
2002 - Soho Magazine, New York.
2003 - HOY- Newspaper, Los Angeles.
2003 - Bitacora Cultural- Mexico DF.
2005 - Long Beach- Magazine, Long Beach.
2006 - Baja News- Ensenada-Mexico
2006 - International Contemporary Art Book.
2007 - Art in Capital-Catalogue-Grand Palais des Arts, Paris, France.2007-Open Art 6Artists in vedette. Atelier Grognard, Paris, France.
2008 - Los Angeles Times- Prize Gallery 825- by LA Times critic David Pagel 2011 - Publication Tagore Cultural Center, India
2011 - Peninsula - Newspaper Qatar
2012 - Arte Hoy - Publication Antofagasta, Chile2016- AAL Arte Al Limite – Chile
2016- Cuba Museum of Olguin – Intervention – Installation
2015-Los Angeles- The Loft – No more Blood – Solo Exhibition Installation & Performance
2014- Italy – Heart Cultural Center- Solo Exhibition Underneath the skin, Emptiness curated by Dermis Leon
2014- China - Qindao Biennale – Video Installation
2013/14- EUA- Sharjah/Dubai Sharjah Museum of Contemporary Art / Exhibition/ Islamic Festival- Parallel Realities
2013-China, Jintan, Contemporary Museum of Baosheng Garden, Mount Mao.
2012- Mexico-CEARTE- Center of the Arts - Water -Presentation performance and video art.
2012- Los Angeles- Bleicher Gotliesky Gallery
2012- Lebanon- Beirut - OFFA exhibition.
2011- India - Tagore Cultural Center, Hommenage to Tagore.
2011- Qatar , Cultural Center, Dialogue.
2010- Los Angeles- Bleicher Gotliesky Gallery
2010- May- SARAJEVO- OFAA- Olympic Fine Art Exhibition
2009- August –Sept.-PENANG, MALASYA- Cultural Center, City Hall, Penang.
2009- May-July-MEXICO- CEARTE-BUILDIG BRIDGES-Cultural Center/Museum Mexicali
2009- April-USA- Los Angeles-The Loft at Liz Contemporary Art Gallery (3 women show)
2009- February -MEXICO-ICBC-Cultural Institute of Baja California- Tijuana
2008-USA-Los Angeles -Gallery 825-Selected work by David Pagel/LA TIMES Art Critic as an emerging artists 2008.
2008-MEXICO- CEARTE-BUILDIG BRIDGES-Cultural Center/Museum,Ensenada.
2008-USA-Los Angeles-The Modern Art Gallery-International Show
2008-China-Beijing-Selected for The Olympic Fine Art Exhibition.
2008-USA-Long Beach-TRIALOGUE-(3 Women Show)- ADC Gallery .
2007-FRANCE-Paris- ART IN CAPITAL -Grand Palais des Arts.
2007-FRANCE-Paris-INTERNATIONAL ART SHOW, Atelier Grognard (Napoleon Bonaparte Castle)
2007-MEXICO - Tijuana Gallery 256.
2007-USA-Los Angeles- Metro Gallery.
2007-ARGENTINA- Rosario-International Artist Selection, travel Show.Rosa Galisteo Museum.
2006-USA-Los Angeles- Private Show – Lorna Ausbach’s House Pacific Palisades.
2006-MEXICO-Tijuana- Gallery 256-(Four artist Show)
2006-USA-Long Beach- California- C1D Gallery- ADC Gallery (Two Women show).
2006-ARGENTINA - Rosario- Museo Rosa Galisteo (Artistas Selectos)
2006-MEXICO-Ensenada-Gallery AH- (Group Show)
2006-MEXICO- Ensenada- Museo Historico. Arte Praxia .
2005-Los Angeles-Metro Gallery- 5 Artists Show.(International Artists)
2005-Los Angeles-Asto Museum- Group Show. (International Artists)
2005-Los Angeles - Latino Art Museum - Two Artists show. (Latina Images by Latinos)
2005-Mexico- Ensenada-Gallery AH, Group Show.(International artists)
2005-Mexico- Ensenada-Museo Historico., Group Show.(International artists)
2005-Mexico-Tijuana-Gallery 256 –Group Show-International Artists
2005-Long Beach-Platform Gallery- Solo show. Art Walk Long Beach.
2004-Las Vegas –Museum of History of Nevada- Group Show.
2004-Los Angeles- Modern Art Gallery, LELA International Show.
2004-Latino Art Mueseum. Argentinian Artists Group Show.
2004-Los Angeles Expresso Mi Cultura- Frogs-Solo Show.
2004-Los Angeles—Self Help Graphic Gallery- Group Show.
2004-Los Angeles-Expresso Mi Cultura-Women in the Arts.
2004-Mexico- Guanajuato -Cultural Center..FIAC Festival Contemporaneo de Arte Solo Show)
2003-Los Angeles-Klasky Csupo Gallery. (Solo Show)
2003-Los Angeles- Japanesse Cultural Center. (LANTER OF THE EAST L.A.)
2003-Los Angeles-The Modern Art Gallery-Contemporary Artists Show.
2003-Los Angeles – Here Gallery–Solo Show.
2003-Japan- Modern Art Museum of Nagasaki. (EXHIBITION OF PEACE)
2003-Mexico-Guanajuato –Frida Khalo Gallery-Group Show.
2003-Mexico-Cultural Center of Leon Guanajuato-Group Show
2002-Los Angeles- Japanesse Cultural Center. (LANTER OF THE EAST L.A.)
2002-New york - Montserrat Gallery. (Solo show)
2002-Los Angeles- Forest Lawn Museum.
2001-New York- Montserrat GalleryLos Angeles- Art Wave Gallery.
2000-New York- Montserrat Gallery.
Argentina- Recoleta Cultural Center.
Argentina- Armenian Cultural Center.
Argentina-Leonardo Avalos Gallery