ROGELIO LÓPEZ CUENCA
ROGELIO LÓPEZ CUENCA (Nerja, España, 1959)
Philologist, poet and research creator, a multidisciplinary artist who transforms images of everyday use and objects found, which decontextualizes and defamiliarizes until endowed with a new meaning. Rogelio López Cuenca composes new linguistic realities from the ironic use of words and messages from the media and advertising. Lopez Cuenca breaks the consumerist and subalternized logic to create in the style of the vanguard, a new poetic state as a state of freedom. His recognition as an artist began in the eighties when he founded and was part of an artistic group in the city of Malaga emerged from the Agustín Parejo School. The forms of expression of the group ranged from actions, videos, graffiti and publications that generated harsh criticism regarding the ability of artistic discourse to respond to politicians. In the actions of the Agustín Parejo School and later in those of Rogelio Lopez Cuenca, ideas of periphery and difference are catalysts for permanent social action.
Lopez Cuenca has developed projects in process for specific contexts and interventions in the public space of cities of Europe and America. In some of his interventions, this artist proposes a new urban and camouflaged signage that triggers the bewilderment of the inhabitants, the chaos of information, the vulnerability of surveillance systems and promotes the construction of a new identity. The work of Rogelio Lopez Cuenca is an art of action, an intrusive and camouflaged work that becomes effective and real by evading the conventional codes of artistic production. The visual and allegorical poetry of this consolidated artist encourages the viewer to discover new interpretations of the language of power and the power of language. Rogelio Lopez Cuenca has participated in the Biennials of Johannesburg, São Paulo, Lima and Istanbul, as well as in the European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta. The "conceptual rhyme" of this artist has been awarded many times and can be seen in large collections of museums such as the Reina Sofía National Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the Foundation Collection La Caixa of Barcelona, Patio Herreriano Museum of Valladolid, Collection Coca Cola Foundation of Madrid or the Collection Fonds Nationals d'Art Contemporain of Paris.