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Carlos Chacin Art | Biography

Carlos Chacin is a Colombian artist, born in 1974 in Santa Marta.

As well as being Colombian, Chacin sees himself as Caribbean, as a term that gives him more universality to the context in which he developed his artistic production in the visual medium.

Being Caribbean is also a philosophical position towards life that makes us see and feel differently, because in this area, all races and cultures come together, giving us the hybrid features that are found in each of the signs and symbols present in Chacin’s artworks.

After starting his training at Santa Marta, Chacin went off to study at the Academy of Fine Arts of Havana in Cuba.

Affinity with the Italian Arte Povera led him to leave for Italy in 1999, where he settled for three years and confronted the Italian Renaissance with the contemporary aspect of Arte Povera.

Chacin returned to his homeland in 2002, where he developed new projects to then leave again for Europe, this time to Paris, where he has lived and worked since 2010. 

Curriculum Vitae



1995 – 1998   Painting, National Academy of Fine Arts, San Alejandro. Havana, Cuba

1994 - 1995    Workshop on mixed media and painting, National University, Bogotá section, Colombia

1978 - 1981    Drawing and painting, School of Fine Arts. Santa Marta, Colombia


Solo Exhibitions (selection)


2016                Dejen que Sople / Entre Lineas, (Let Blow / Between Lines) Bolivarian Museum for Contemporary Art                                  Foundation. Santa Marta, Colombia

2014                Dejen que Sople, (Let Blow) Bolivarian Museum for Contemporary Art Foundation. Santa Marta, Colombia

2013                Fototropias, (Phototropy)Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation. Santa Marta, Colombia

2008                Caminos y Quebradas, (Paths and Ravines) Colombo-French Alliance. Bogotá, Colombia

2007                Movimientos, (Movements) the Cultural Action Centre for Martinique (CMAC) and the Regional Office for                              Cultural Affairs DRAC. Fort de France, France

2006                Movimientos, (Movements) Museum University of Magdalena. Santa Marta, Colombia

2005                Ni Pesca, ni Milagro, (Neither Fish nor a Miracle) Alianza Francesa. Barranquilla, Colombia

2004                Sueños Tormentosos, (Stormy Dreams) French Colombo Alliance. Santa Marta, Colombia

2003                Presencia II, (Presence II) University of San Buenaventura, Sala Enrique Grau, Cartagena, Colombia

2002                Presencia I, (Presence I) Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation. Santa Marta, Colombia

                         Trabajando Golpes II, (Working on Impacts II) Officina Giovani. Prato, Italy

2001                Trabajando Golpes I, (Working on Impacts I) Officina Giovan. Prato, Italy

2000                El Secuestro, (The Kidnapping) installations, EX Macelli di Prato, Officina Giovani. Prato, Italy


Group Exhibitions (Selections)

2019                Mangle En Carnaval (Mangrove In Carnival) University Del Caribe, "Water for Life" 3rd Edition,                                                Cancun, Mexico.    

2018                Quitate Tu ( Muve Over ) of serie "Directions" Basilica Of San Lorenzo - Salon Donatello. Florence, Italy                                OpenArtcode-Florence

2017                Impresiones ( Impressions ) Salon des Artistes Independants Grand Palais Paris, France

2016                Fototropia en Linea (Phototropy Online ) OpenArtCode, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti Venice, Italy

2015                Fototropia (Phototropy) X Florence Biennale. Florence, Italy

2013                Fototropias (Phototropy) Flat-Land, Consulate General of Colombia. Paris, France

2011                Entornos (Surroundings) CAF Gallery Development Bank of Latin America, Caracas, Venezuela

2009                El dibujo es mentira (Drawing is lying) Alianza Francesa. Barranquilla, Colombia

2009                Pensamientos Dignificados (Dignified Thoughts) X Biennial of Havana, Brigada "Marta Machado" Cuba

2007                Itinerarios (Itineraries) Kcho - Zarají - Chacin. Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art. Santa                                                Marta, Colombia

2006                Hábitat (Habitat) Bolivarian Museum for Contemporary Art. Santa Marta, Colombia

2006                Hallazgos (Findings) JM'Arts Gallery. Paris, France

2006                El Caribe nos Mira, (The Caribbean is looking at us) 40 Exhibition of Artists from the Northern                                                Area. Bogotá, Colombia)

2000                Installations for the (terre verso il sole) show, organised by DEA (Didáctica Expresión-Ambiente), Town                                Hall of Firenze, Italy

1999                XI regional exhibition of plastic arts, University of Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Cartagena, Colombia

1998                II International exhibition by plastic arts students "Académia 98" Havan, Cuba

1998                Painting exhibition, San Alejandro Academy Gallery. Havana, Cuba




2015                Third prize " Lorenzo il Magnifico " X Florence Biennale. Florence, Italy

1998                II International exhibition by plastic arts students "Académia 98" award. Havana, Cuba




Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Marta, Colombia

CAF Latin America development bank. Caracas, Venezuela





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