José Carlos Casado (b. 1971, Málaga, Spain; lives and works in New York City) makes paintings, photography, sculptures, 3D animations, digital video and installations that investigate the increasingly blurry line between real and imaginary, concrete and abstract, and the role technology plays in influencing the images we see every day. His work is about the body, identity and nature. He often uses augmented reality as an added layer of meaning.
Solo exhibitions of Casado’s work include Postmasters Gallery, NY; Watermill Center Gallery, NY; Municipal Museum, Málaga; La Fábrica, Madrid; Swatch Art Hotel, Shanghai; and public art installations in New York City parks, including one of Casado’s latest, “I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah Me…” commissioned by the Public Art Initiative of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and called one of the “outdoor installations to see in New York this summer” by the New York Times. Group exhibitions include Spain Art Fest, NY; MOCA Taipei; Sundance Film Festival; and the 3rd Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Korea.
Casado has been awarded multiple prizes and grants, including two New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships in Video, MIT’s Leonardo Excellence Award, Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, and a grant from Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), among others.
Casado received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2001.