Dario Robleto

b. 1972, San Antonio, Texas

Dario Robleto, Harvest / Harvest Moon, 2015
Cyanotypes of various moons of the Solar System, cave-formed crystals, home-grown crystals, laboratory-made crystals,
blue agate, various minerals, coral, various cut seashells, various butterflies, butterfly antennae made from stretched audiotape of Neil
Young’s “Heart of Gold” and “Harvest Moon”, cut paper, sea urchin teeth, dyed feathers, glitter, colored mirrors, plastic and glass domes,
lights, wood, polyurethane, Plexiglas
30 x 69 x 16 inches
selected work
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Dario Robleto was born in San Antonio, Texas and received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1997. He lives and works in Houston, TX. The artist has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2014) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014). In 2008 a 10-year survey exhibition, Alloy of Love, was organized by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. Notable group shows include Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2016); Nouveau Festival 5th Edition, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (2014); The Record/ Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC (2011); and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2004). Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many universities and institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD. In 2013 he served as the California College of the Arts Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor, Oakland, CA. Robleto is the recipient of both the 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the 2009 USA Rasmuson Fellowship. He has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as the Menil Collection (2014); Rice University (2013-14); and the Smithsonian Museum of American History (2011). In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to the “Breakthrough Initiatives”—the most comprehensive search ever attempted at finding scientific evidence of life in the Universe. He is currently serving as an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He was recently appointed as the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate.

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