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Costa Rican artist Marton Robinson has an interdisciplinary background informed by his studies in both Physical Education and Art and Visual Communication. He completed an MFA at the University of Southern California. Robinson’s art, which is informed mainly by African-American traditions, challenges the conventional representations of black identities in art history, mainstream culture, and the official national narratives, especially those of Costa Rica. With an often ironic and rhetorical take on the constructs of racism, this practice endeavors to confront the hierarchies and conceptions inherited from colonialism in order to subvert the mindsets and prejudices ingrained in our social experience. Robinson’s work exposes the nuances present in the Afro-Latino experience, enriching the critical discourse of contemporary works of the African Diaspora.

Robinson has participated in exhibitions in spaces such as: The Getty Center, California; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica; Vincent Price Art Museum, California; Fundación Ars TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica; Museo de Arte Costarricense, Costa Rica; New Wight Gallery, California; X Bienal Centroamericana, Costa Rica; Pacific Standard Time LA/LA; Aidekman Arts Center, Boston; Le Palais de Tokyo, France; Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway; Centro de la Imagen, México; ARTBO, Colombia; Prizm Art Fair; Mandeville Gallery, New York; Gallery GVCC, Casablanca; Museo Amparo, México; 21st Biennial Contemporary Art Sesc Videobrasil, Brazil.

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Marton Robinson

Born 1979. San José, Costa Rica

Lives and works between San José,
Los Angeles, CA and Toronto.

EDUCATION

2018

University of Southern California,
Roski School of Art and Design

Master’s in fine arts

2015

National University of Costa Rica

BFA, Visual Arts and Communications

2013

National University of Costa Rica

MSc, Integral Health and Human Movement

2007

National University of Costa Rica

BPhEd, Teaching of Physical Education, Sports,
and Recreation

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES

2020

The Fountainhead Residency
(Miami, FL)

2017

The Impact Award, Art Direction

Tracking Ida IndieCade, 10th Anniversary Festival
(Los Angeles, CA)

Best Gameplay Winner, Art Direction

Tracking Ida Games for Change Awards
(New York, NY)

2016

Artist International Fellowship

University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, CA)

Alter-academia Residency

TEOR/éTica
(San José, Costa Rica)

2015

Honorable Mention for Bro Two Shoes

Inquieta Imagen 15
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
(San José, Costa Rica)

Exhibitions

Individual/Two Person

2019

No hay más que un nombre + Gala Berger

Centro Cultural Español (San José, Costa Rica)

2018

No hay más que un mundo + Gala Berger

Reunión (San José, Costa Rica)

2014

¿Y qué fue de Cocorí?

TEOR/éTica: Sala Poligráfica (San José, CR)

Group

2020

Fallen Monuments

EPOCH Gallery (Virtual Experiment)

Biomythography: Making Visible

Cerritos College Art Gallery (Norwalk, CA)

Aquí No Pasa Nada

La Embajada (Cuidad México, México)

2019

Ganas de Existir

Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA)

Digital Africa: International Biennale of Casablanca Incubator program

Gallery GVCC (Casablanca, Morocco)

La inmedible dimensión del caos

TEOR/éTica, (San José, Costa Rica)

Hemi Encuentro, The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Cuidad México, México)

Africamericanos

Museo Amparo (Puebla, México)

21st Biennial Contemporary Art Sesc_Videobrasil

Sesc Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

2018

A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas

Union College (Schenectady, NY)

Currency

Art Basel: Prizm Art Fair (Miami, FL)

Referentes: Diálogos a través del tiempo

ArtBo (Bogotá, Colombia)

Africamericanos

Centro de la Imagen (CDMX, México)

Video Sur: Una programación de video arte de América Latina

Le Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France)

A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas

Tufts University Art Gallery (Medford, MA)

2017

Detrás del Portón Rojo: una visión de la erótica en el arte costarricense

Museo de Arte Costarricense
(San José, Costa Rica)

Biomythography: Currency Exchange

California Lutheran University
(Thousand Oaks, CA)

Possible Worlds, Unseen Worlds | Virtual Space

15th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)

I AM ERICA

The New Wight Gallery/UCLA
(Los Angeles, CA)

Mutate

PST: LA/LA. Monte Vista Projects
(Los Angeles, CA)

9/11 – 11/9

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo
(San José, Costa Rica)

A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas

Vincent Price Art Museum
(Monterrey Park, CA)

Un Reino De Las Horas/ A Kingdom of Hours

TEOR/éTica, (San José, Costa Rica)

Stand Your Position FAR BAZAAR

(Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA)

2016

No One Belongs Here More Than You

Despacio (San José, Costa Rica)

Lo Escrito, Escrito Está

TEOR/éTica (San José, Costa Rica)

Todas Las Vidas

Bienal Centroamericana
(Puerto Limón, Costa Rica)

Biomythography: Currency Exchange

Claremont Graduate University
(Claremont, CA)

Mined Control

As It Stands (Pasadena, CA)

Inquieta Imagen 15

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (San José, Costa Rica)

2015

Biomythography: Currency

Eastside International (Los Angeles, CA)

Recent Video from Latin America

The Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA)

SINERGIA: Apropiaciones/Colaboraciones

TEOR/éTica (San José, Costa Rica)

Recuerda Mi Nombre

Terminal (San José, Costa Rica)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE, WORKSHOPS

2020 - present

OCAD University: Faculty of Design, Faculty of Art and Graduates Studies

Assistant Professor (Toronto, Canada)

2019

Ryerson Image Centre: Youth in Focus in Collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts –
Photography Workshop (Toronto, Canada)

Art facilitator, reviewed portfolio and conceptualized artistic ideas and notions

2016

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) – Comic and Narrative Lab (fanzine and digital GIF Workshop), (San José, Costa Rica)

Art facilitator, approached play and experimentation in digital animation by taking contemporary art as a starting point. Addressed issues such as race, identity, representation, stereotypes, and multiculturalism.

2013 - 2015

National Center for Special Education Fernando Centeno Güell School – Proposal of Teaching Technique (Pictogram) for the Learning of Mini Basketball and the Improvement of the Quality of Life of Children with Hearing Impairment (Goicoechea, Costa Rica)

Designer for Health and Basketball Instructor, developed and implemented a visual teaching technique for hearing-impaired students through pictograms. Promote the social integration of children with hearing impairment through play and provided access to sports practice, favoring the improvement of human development and quality of life, of the population with auditory sensory limitations.

2010

Guararí School – Training Project and Silkscreen Workshop Guararí 2010 (Heredia, Costa Rica)

Inclusive Designer and Art Facilitator, created and implemented an Integral Intervention Model for the training and implementation of a silkscreen printing shop for the adolescents of the at-risk community of Guararí, based on visual communication and the promotion of positive lifestyles. Provided and promoted the development of technical skills and economic empowerment.

2005 - 2006

Instituto Latinoamericano de Psicología y Pedagogía Alternativa (ILPPA) – Director of the Health and Human Movement, and Recreation Department
(Santa Ana, Costa Rica)

Physical Education and Health and Recreation facilitator, created, developed, and implemented programs in sports, fitness, recreation, and wellbeing for the student community.

2005

Itskatzú Educational Center – Director of the Health and Human Movement, and Recreation Department (San Rafael de Escazú, Costa Rica)

Physical Education and Health and Recreation facilitator, created, developed, and implemented programs in sports, fitness, recreation, and wellbeing for the student community.

ARTIST TALKS, SYMPOSIUMS

2020

Center for Afrofuturist Studies: Afro Hemispheric Performance Experimental Pedagogy + Curatorial Online Digital Workshop (Online)

Speaker, investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

LL Proyectos; Sopa de Piedra: Rondón...just throw the pat and run it down(Online)

Artist Talk and Presentation of portfolio, and investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

University of California, Davis: Cinema and Media Program (Online)

Visiting Artist Talk and Studio Visit in Web Development and Portfolio Design

Voces en Acción: Voces en Acción (Online) with Donna Colon and Jonathan Harker

Visiting Artist Talk and Presentation of portfolio, and investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

Texas Tech University; Public Programming: Simulation (Online)

Speaker investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

2019

Ryerson Image Centre: Youth in Focus (Toronto, Canada) in Collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts –

Artist Talk and Presentation of portfolio, and investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

ConverSalón: Marton Robinson (Toronto, Canada)

Artist Talk and Presentation of portfolio, and investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

Museo Amparo: Africamericanos (Puebla, México)

Artist Talk and guided visit of the exhibition.

2018

Centro de la Imagen (Cuidad de México) Encuentro Afrovisiones en América Latina

Artist Talk and guided visit of the exhibition

Pleasure Dome: Migration Crisis (Toronto, Canada), Co-Presented by aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), and Charles Street Video – in collaboration with Marcela Araya and soJin Chun.

This multi-channel video screening and talk brought to light the crisis in Central America as Nicaragua’s political turmoil, which began in April 2018, is forcing many to flee to Costa Rica. This presentation included the visual material that has been created by the people in Nicaragua to portray what they are currently living.

Art, Materiality and Representation Symposium, Clore Centre, British Museum (London, United Kingdom)

Presentation of portfolio, and investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

California African American Museum (CAAM): RACE/d: A Journal for You, (Los Angeles, CA)

Presentation of portfolio, and investigation research Tecnologías Deculoniales.

2017

Renewal Symposium, The Media Arts Network of Ontario (Toronto, Canada)

Speculative Futures of Races Symposium, California State Univ. (Northridge, CA)

A Decolonial Atlas & Yreina D. Cervantez: Closing Program, Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterrey Park, CA)

2016

CAPACETE: Archivos De Resistencia Panel

Presentation of portfolio, artist talk. (Río de Janeiro, Brazil)

Conversatorio, TEOR/éTica: Alter Academia (San José, Costa Rica)

Visita Guiada + Conversatorio - Lo Escrito, Escrito Está, TEOR/éTica (San José, Costa Rica)

2015

Biomythography: Currency Artist Panel Discussion, Eastside International (LA, CA)

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Tzul Tzul, Gladys, et al. 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil Exhibition Catalogue. Sesc_Videobrasil editorial. 2019.

VV.AA Africamericanos Exhbition Catalogue. Editorial_rm. 2019.

Quirós, Luis Fernando. “No hay más que un nombre” Pliegues (in)ciertos en el acontecer del istmo,” Árbol de Miradas. Published August 26, 2019. read

Rebollar, Jessie transcriber. “Marton Robinson rompe con paradigmas de raza y género” AAVI. Published Nov 6 2018. Read

Royal Anthropological Institute et al. British Museum and SOAS: Art, Materiality and Representation Conference Programme and Book of Abstracts. 1 – 3 June 2018. Read

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo. 9/11 – 11/9 Catalogue of collective works presented at MADC. Published on Nov 7, 2018. Read

“Trapos Sucios (El día en que Marton Robinson y Huba Watsons se conocieron).” Súper Legítimo v2: Bitácora de la escena 2015. 2015. Read

Vences, A. J. “Marton Robinson: Rectifying History Through The Assertion of Black Labor.” 28 July 2017.
Vincent Price Art Museum

Díaz, D. “La apuesta joven del Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo.” La Nación. May 2017.

Santos, JJ. “Un Reino De Las Horas.” ArtNexus. March 2017.109-111.

Arriola, A. Ojos Táctiles, Ojos Blandos, Tercer Ojo: Una Mirada Compuesta a La X Bienal Centroamericana. Editorial Concreta. 14 Dec 2016.

Leckie, R, López, MA. “Un Reino De Las Horas.” Artishock Revista. 7 Nov 2016.

Johnson, JB. “Biomythography: Currency Exchange Opens at Claremont.” Art And Cake. 9 Sept 2016.

Miranda, C. “Why you need to see the Getty’s collection of video art from Latin America.” Los Angeles Times. 2015. Read

Muñoz Solano, D. “Racismo: Del Insulto Grosero, a La Agresión Políticamente Correcta.” Semanario Universidad. 10 Feb 2015.

Isenberg, R. “TEOR/éTica Revisits Ugly Politics in ‘Chronicle of Interventions’”. The Tico Times. 5 Nov 2014.

Bolaños Acuña, D. “El Desengaño Tico de Cocorí.” La Nación. 2 Nov 2014.