Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony Goicolea is a first-generation Cuban American artist now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Employing a variety of media, Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, to cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.
Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images. Soon thereafter, Goicolea garnered international attention with his ambiguous, yet strangely compelling, landscapes, ranging from dream-like woodland environments to vast, unforgiving urban and industrial wastelands. Suggesting a world on the brink of obsolescence, these chilling images further cement the pervasive undercurrent of human alienation – from one another as well as the natural environment – that can be traced throughout the artist’s work.
The artist has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the International Center of Photography (New York City, NY), Postmasters Gallery (New York City, NY), Haunch of Venison Gallery (Londres, Royaume-Uni), Galerie Aurel Scheibler (Berlin, Allemagne), the Groninger Museum (Groningen, Pays-Bas) and also the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Espagne).
The works of Goicolea are part of many public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (New York City, NY), as well as those of the Yale University Art Collection (New Haven, CT), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC) et des Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA).
His work has been featured in ARTnews, Art in America, Artforum, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune, among other periodicals. The artist has received several awards including a Cintas Fellowship (2006), a BMW Photo Paris Award (2005) and a Joan Mitchell Fellowship Foundation grant.