ABOUT THE ARTIST
For five years I worked on a series entitled In Camera, 2001-2005, the urban landscapes depicted in these large-scale photographs were partially obstructed by foreground objects such as walls or fences. These barriers acted like veils that draped, separated, distorted, and most importantly concealed the scenes behind them. The barriers, however, were never completely opaque or impenetrable. The viewer could peak into and look beyond the holes, gaps, tears, and openings in the foreground and imagine or fill in the entire landscape. The places I’ve chosen to document for the series Open Secrets, 2006-2010, are concealed or out of bounds to some extend (at least to the general public), but most significantly, they are used to contain and preserve valuable objects. Some of these sites for example, include storage areas from major art museums. I have for some time been interested in photographing these ‘hidden’ spaces as a way to reveal some aspect of their functionality, but in fact, what draws me to these environments is really their inaccessibility, their mystery. They characterize a disciplinary and rigorous formality, which I find visually arresting, yet at the same time they feel intimate and familiar. In addition, there’s also the general significance: they represent the need to protect and preserve our rich artistic history as well as our own cultural identity imbedded in these. The series has been shown at the Jersey City Museum in their Projects Room in 2009. It was exhibited at Praxis Art gallery in New York City in the fall of 2009 and in Sicardi gallery in Houston as part of the FotoFest biennial in 2010. The series has been reviewed in Art Nexus and Art in America.
Solo Exhibitions 2015 Praxis Gallery, “Interruptions” NYC 2013 Dock’s Art Fair Open Secrets, Lyon, France 2012 Modern Art Galerie Open Secrets, Lyon, France 2011 Modern Art Galerie Luis Mallo, Lyon, France 2010 Sicardi Gallery (Fotofest) Open Secrets, Houston TX 2009 Jersey City Museum, Projects Room – Jersey City, NJ Praxis Gallery, Open Secrets, NYC 2006 Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL 2004 Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX 2003 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City 2000 Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada 1999 Galeria Pierre Verger. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Centro Cultural de Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo, Brazil 1998 Sicardi-Sanders Gallery. Houston, TX. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY. Ricco/Maresca Gallery. New York City 1997 The Center for Photography. Saint Louis, MO. 1996 Houston Center For Photography. Houston, TX. La Casa de Melilla Cultural Center. Valencia, Spain 1995 Jadite Gallery, New York, NY. Parchman/Stremmel Gallery. San Antonio, TX. Institute for Art and Photographic Resources. Peekskill, NY. The Galleria. University of California at Berkeley, CA. 1994 S.R.O. Gallery. Lubbock, TX. 1992 La Chapelle du Geneteil Cultural Center. France Selected Group Exhibitions 2015 THE AVANT-GARDE AND LATIN-AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, CCE Miami 2014 “New York Sate of Mind” Lehman Art Gallery, NYC 2013 “Religious to the Sacrilegious” Farside Gallery, Miami, FL 2011 “Time/Behind the Vision” Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL 2010 “US After Today” Lyon Biennial, France (Exhibit travels to Italy in 2011) 2009 Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL Off the Grid – Kumukumu Gallery, NYC 2008 Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art – The Museum of Art. Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. Gallery Artists: Iturria, Mallo, Torres Llorca – Praxis International Art, Miami, FL 2007 El Museo’s Fifth Bienal: The S Files – El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY Urban Renewal – Galeri Urbaine, Marfa, TX Cuban Americans in Focus – Kean University CAS Gallery, NJ Selections of Latin American art from the collection– LUAGH, Bethlehem, PA Global Anxieties: Nine Perspectives on a Changing Planet – The Wooster Art Museum, OH 2006 Viajeros: North American Artist – Photographers Working in Cuba – Miami Dade art galleries, FL Gallery Artists: Art Basel Miami – Praxis Wynwood, Miami, FL 2005 New to View: Recent Acquisitions of Photography – Worcester Art Museum, MA Cut Out – Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, On. Omni Art Miami 2005 – Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FLA Project Diversity – Momenta Art & Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Viajeros: North American Artist – Photographers Working in Cuba – LUAGH, Bethlehem, PA On the Other Hand- George Eastman House, Rochester, NY No Eyes: Selections from the collection of W.M. Hunt – Arles Recontres Festival 2005, France Resurrections: A benefit to aid Katrina relief efforts – Latin Collector Gallery, NYC Documenting Poetry: Latin American Photography – Maier Museum of Art Lynchburg, VA 2004 Photo Forum 2004 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Open House: Working in Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement – Smithsonian Institution, DC Water – Ricco-Maresca Garelly, New York, NY The Future is Now: Contemporary Cuban Artists – Show Walls, New York, NY 2003 Images of Deception – Curated by Paul Sharpe, 41 Union Square, New York The Parallax Effect: Cuban Contemporary Photography – CCEMiami, Miami FLA. 2002 Selection 1: Made in Brooklyn – Wythe Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Constellation – Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY. Contemporary Cuban Photography – The Art Museum at Ft. Lauderdale 2001 Vollbart: das bildnis Jesu Christi in der Fotografie – Fotographie Forum Int. Frankfurt 2000 York Now 2000: Contemp. Photography – Museum of the City of New York Grace – Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY. Cuban Allure: Photography and Video – The Light Factory. Charlotte, NC. Fresh Work III – The Southeast Museum of Photography. Daytona Beach, FLA. La Metamorfosis de la Mano – Centro Recoleta. Buenos Aires, Argentina Latin American Artists-Photographers – El Museo del Barrio, New York 1999 The Hand – The Power Plant. Toronto, Canada Transformation – IV Mes Internacional da Fotografia. Sao Paulo, Brazil 1998 Eight Million Stories: Photographs of New York from the permanent collection The New York Public Library. New York, NY. Fresh Work II – The Southeast Museum of Photography. Daytona Beach, FLA. Backstage – Serge Sorokko Gallery. New York, NY. Breaking Barriers – The Tampa Museum of Art. Tampa, FLA. Fotoseptiembre, International 1998 – Airport Art Spaces. San Antonio, TX. Blue – Stephen Bulger Gallery. Toronto, Canad Current American Photography – University of Toledo. Toledo, Spain Cuba-on – G M Gallery. Curated by Manuel Gonzales, New York, NY. 1997 Realities – Ricco/Maresca Gallery, curated by W. M. Hunt, New York City Breaking Barriers: Selections from the Museum’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Cuban Art – The Museum of Art. Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. Once Removed: The Photograph in Contemporary Cuban-American Art- Fullerton State West Gallery CAL. Fullerton, CA. L’homme at Home – Throckmorton Fine Art. New York, NY. 1996 8 x 10, Contemporary Photography – The Godwin Ternbach Museum, NY. Spanish is as Spanish Does – The Eighth Floor Gallery. New York, NY. Journeys – The Clement Gallery, University of Toledo Art Gallery, Toledo, OH. Open your Heart, Benefit for the Bailey House – Leo Castelli Gallery, NYC. 4th Annual Governor’s Exhibition – Fotofest. Curated by Anne Tucker, Houston, Familiar Relations – The Woodstock Center for Photography. NY. Gallery Artists – Parchman/Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX. 1995 Quotations: Art Imitates Art – Houston Center for Photography. Houston, TX. Cintas Fellows – The Southeast Museum of Photography. Daytona Beach, FLA. 4th Annual Governor’s Exhibition – San Antonio Public Library. San Antonio, TX Contemp. Latin-American Photography -Photographs Do Not Bend. Dallas, TX. 40th Annual Art Exhibition – The Hecksher Museum. Huntington, NY. 1994 Combined Motions; Music and Art – Landon Gallery. New York, NY. 1993 Photography by Cintas Fellows – The Art Museum at FIU. Miami, FLA. Latin-American Artists Fight AIDS – Cavin Morris Gallery. New York, NY. 1992 Photographies – Corinne Timsit Gallery. Paris, France. 1990 mages Derobees – La Nef des Fous. Paris, France. Collections MAC Lyon - Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon The Brooklyn Museum of Art The George Eastman House Photography Collection The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA. The New York Public Library, New York, NY. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. The Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. The Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FLA. A G Edwards & Sons, Corporate Collection, St. Louis, MO. The SPRINT Corporate Collection The Charles Goddard Center for the Arts, Ardmore, OK. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY. The Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA. Wake Forest University Student Union Collection, North Carolina. The Cintas Collection, The Art Museum at FIU, Miami, FLA. Selected Bibliography US After Today, book accompanying the exhibit, 2010 Art News, “Luis Mallo Open Secrets” Review by Robert Ayers, 2009 New York Times, “Hand Signals” Text by Bonnie Yochelson, 2008 Azure, Portfolio “Open Secrets” Text by Michael Totzke, 2006 Metropolis, Portfolio “Between the Blinds” Text by Criswell Lappin, 2006 Art New England, Report from New York “Three Photographers” by Donald Kuspit, 2003 Details Magazine “How to start collecting photography” by Jonathan Sabin, 2003 Art New England, “Luis Mallo. In Camera at Ricco Maresca Gallery” Exhibition review, 2003. Exhibition Catalog, “Luis Mallo, In Camera”. Introduction by Alison Nordstrom, 2003. Lenswork, “Passengers”, a portfolio with text by Luis Mallo. Portland, 2000. Spot, “Luis Mallo: Through a Glass Darkly” Review by Ileana Marcoulesco. Houston,1998. Zing Magazine, Review by Christian Viveros-Faune, 1998 Woodstock Times, “Silent saints in a shadow world” Review by Kathi Norklun, 1998. C Magazine, “Reports: Luis Mallo at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City”, Review by Scott Walden. Toronto, CA. 1998. Exhibiton Catalog, “Critical Monuments: The photography of Luis Mallo”, essay by Christian Viveros-Faune. Introduction by W. M. Hunt, 1998 Leica World Das Card Magazin 1/97, “Luis Mallo, Fremde in der Subway”, Text by Michael Koetzle, Munich, Germany. 1997. Soho Art News, “Reliquiarium”, Artist Pages. New York. 1996. Ars Magazine, “Eros and Civilization”, Review by G.Valdez,Miami, FLA. 1996. Exhibition Catalog, “8 x 10, Contemporary American Photography”, NY. 1996. Exhibition Catalog, “Spanish is as Spanish Does” Text by A. Suarez and C. Viveros,1996. The Center Quaterly, Woodstock Center for Photography, “Eros and Civilization” Photo Metro, “Periple” Text by Luis Mallo. 1994. Revue Noire, “Cuban Art Issue”, Text by Luis Mallo, Paris, France. 1992. Exhibition Catalog, “62 (Un Viaje a la Isla)”, Text by Jose Triana, Chateau-Gontier. 1991. Awards The Art Matters Foundation, Fellowship Award. 1995. Best of Show, “4th Annual Governor’s Exhibition”, Awarded by Anne Tucker. 1995. The Catherine and Dennis Krusos Award, The Hecksher Museum. 1995. The Cintas Foundation, Fellowship Award. 1990-91. Education A. A. S. Degree in Graphic Design. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. Professional Activities Panel Discussion, “Cuban American Photography” Kean University, NJ. 2007. Artists Lecture, Arts @ Oswego, Oswego. NY. 2005 Artists Symposium, “Documenting Poetry” The Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg. VA. 2005 Artist Presentations at The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Brooklyn, NY 2004 Student exhibition visit and workshops at The Museum of American History, Washington DC. 2004 Artists Symposium, “Our Journeys/Our Stories” The Museum of American History, DC. 2004 Review Panel, Woodstock Center for Photography AIR Program, NY. 2003 Artist Slide Presentation, “Cuban Allure” The Light Factory. Charlotte, NC. 2000 Symposium, “New Directions in Contemporary Art” The Southeast Museum of Photography , FLA 1998. Gallery Talk, “Reliquiarium (inside the cave)” Sicardi-Sanders Gallery, Houston, TX. 1998. Artist Talk, “Passengers” Ricco/Maresca Gallery. New York City, 1998. Gallery Talk, “Passengers” Houston Center for Photography. Houston, TX. 1996. Artist Lecture, The Hecksher Museum. ”Eros and Civilization” Huntington, NY. 1995. Artist Symposium, The Art Museum at FIU. Miami, FLA. 1993.