Darío Escobar’s sculptures explore the official history of Guatemala and comment on past colonialism and the current consumer class emerging in his country. Known for works that combine Baroque handcraft with well-known consumer products, Escobar’s sculptures focus on exaggerated artifice, critiquing both product and consumer and implicating each in a collusion to overlook the realities of violence and marginalization within Guatemalan society.
Escobar has exhibited at Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Santiago, Santiago, Chile (2012); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2012); Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2011); Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California (2009); and the Venice Biennale (2008). Recently, he was awarded the Zona Maco Premio 1800 Coleccion Award at Zona Maco 2014. He lives and works in Guatemala City.