Paco Cao

° 1956

Lives in New York City (United States).

Paco Cao, born in Tudela Veguín, Asturias, Spain in 1965. He studied Art History at the University of Oviedo (Spain), where he received his Ph.D. in 1992.

Among his long-term projects are Dance Poison (2009-on going), a 71 minutes film commissioned by CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), currently expanding into a series of historical installations; a Look-alike Contest Series (2001-2004) organized in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio (New York), Casa de América (Madrid), El Prado Museum (Madrid), the Art Museum of Nuoro (Sardinia), and the Jovellanos Museum (Gijón); and the Rent-a-Body business enterprise (1993-1998) organized in collaboration with Creative Time, Inc. (New York.)

Among his public projects and one-solo exhibitions are Don’t Touch the White Woman, 2006 (Claire Oliver Gallery, NY), Border, 2000 (Skoghall); La ciudad de Dios, 1999 (Artfutura, Seville) and Alma Mater, 1997 (Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona.)

He has participated in group exhibitions and events organized, among others, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); 8 Mercosul Biennale (Porto Alegre); the New Museum (New York); Museo Carrillo Gil (Mexico City); BOZAR (Brussells); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), White Box (New York); Blue Star Art Space (San Antonio, Texas); Anne Faggionato Gallery (London); and Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid.)

He is the author of the following books: The museum of the Victim, 2009 (MV Editions); JP-UM, 2005 (Llibros del Pexe), Fèlix Bermeu. A Hiden Life, 2004 (Ajuntament de Terrassa, Hangar), Ignoto, 2002 (MAN), and Rent-a-Body, 1999 (Maguncia, S.L.)

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