My work questions assumptions about knowledge and perception. The way we understand our place in the world is structured by conventions and expectations that often overwhelm our perceptions. I focus on how our senses translate external stimuli into images and information, mediated by ‘what-we-think-we-know’.

Born in 1960 in Cartagena, Colombia
Lives and works in London, UK


Oswaldo Macià

Purely visual art no longer possesses sufficient power for Oswaldo Macià, so he has made a pioneering turn to scents and sounds, to which he attributes greater authenticity. He has entered a field that has been completely neglected by world culture, and hence we lack even the most essential basic vocabulary.

He is represented in the Daros Latinamerica Collection by two audio compositions: Something Going On Above my Head, a symphony for four times five hundred bird songs from four continents, and Vesper, a sound piece based on the structural principles of Gregorian chant and consisting of countless voices of Caribbean women speaking in joyful excitement.

The women’s voices and the bird songs are Macià's source material that he reworks symphonically. Harmonies collide with cacophony, the concrete transforms into the abstract and back again, the specific competes with the general, order becomes chaos and vice versa. The artist raises the question whether and to what extent “natural” differs from “cultural”; to him the sounds and noises of language are universal. Our worlds of sensory experience and perception are put to the test here; we rethink our listening habits and ask the fundamental question of the meaning of sounds and noises when listening to his symphonic sound pieces.

Hans-Michael Herzog

Daros Exhibitions
Selected titles in our library

Oswaldo Maciá. Ecuaciones (esculturas olfativo-acústicas) = Equations (olfactory-acoustic sculptures). Exhibition catalogue, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno - Sala San Antonio Abad, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, February 19 - June 18, 2017. With texts by Orlando Britto Jinorio, Jonathan Watkins, Adrian Searle, Carlos Jiménez, and the artist. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, 2017.

Amirsadeghi, Hossein (ed.). Contemporary art Colombia. With texts by Christine Barthe, and Jaime Cerón. London, Thames & Hudson, 2016.

Cantos Cuentos Colombianos. Arte contemporânea colombiana. Exhibition catalogue, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, March 23 - September 8, 2013. With interviews with the artists by Hans-Michael Herzog. Rio de Janeiro, Cobogó, 2013.

Oswaldo Macià. Library of Cynics. Exhibition catalogue, CHELSEAspace, London, UK, June 5 - July 20, 2013. With texts by the artist. London, Chelsea Space, 2013.

Manifesta 9. The deep of the modern. A subcyclopaedia. Exhibition catalogue, Genk, Belgium, 2012. With texts by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Dawn Ades, Katerina Gregos (et al.). Milano, Silvana Editoriale, 2012.

Roca, José, and Sylvia Suárez. Transpolítico. Arte en Colombia 1992-2012 = Transpolitical art in Colombia 1992-2012. Barcelona and Madrid, Lunwerg, 2012.

Who more sci-fi than us? Contemporary art form the Caribbean. Exhibition catalogue, Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands, May 25 - August 26, 2012. With texts by Nancy Hoffmann (et al.). Amsterdam, KIT Publishers, 2012.

XI Bienal de Cuenca. Entre-abierto. Aperturas, conexiones y derivas en el arte actual (Vol. 1: Atrabiliario, vol. 2: Hacia un meridiano inquietante, vol. 3: En defensa de la delicadeza). Exhibition catalogue, Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador, November 11, 2011 - January 31, 2012. With texts by Fernando Castro Flórez, Agnaldo Farias, Katya Cazar Almache (et al.). Cuenca, Fundación Municipal Bienal de Cuenca, 2012.

8a Bienal do Mercosul. Ensaios de geopoética. Exhibition catalogue, Bienal do mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2011. With texts by José Roca (et al.) Porto Alegre, Fundação Bienal do Mercosul, 2011.

Garzón, Diego. De lo que somos. 110 obras para acercarse al arte contemporáneo colombiano. Barcelona, Lunwerg, 2011.

41 Salón nacional de artistas. Urgente! Cali. Exhibition catalogue, Cali, Colombia, 2010. With texts by Clarisa Ruiz (et al.). Bogotá, Ministerio de Cultura, 2010.

Al calor del pensamiento. Obras de la Daros Latinamerica Collection = Al calor del pensamiento. Works from the Daros Latinamerica Collection. Exhibition catalogue, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain, February 3 - April 30, 2010. With texts by Katrin Steffen (et al.). Madrid, Fundación Banco Santander, 2010.

XXXI Bienal de Pontevedra. Utrópicos. Centroamérica e Caribe. Roteiro guía guide. Exhibition catalogue, Bienal de Pontevedra, Spain, June 4 - September 12, 2010. With a text by Santiago Olmo. Pontevedra, Deputación de Pontevedra, 2010.

Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art 2. Exhibition catalogue, Thessaloniki Biennale, May 21 - September 30, 2007. With texts by Catherine David, Jan-Erik Lundström (et al.). Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009.

Atlantide caraïbe. Exhibition catalogue, Parcours Martinique, Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique, November 2008. With Texts by Dominique Brebion, and Michèle-Baj Strobel. AICA South Caribbean and AMCA, 2008.

It's not neutral = Ez da neutrala = No es neutral. Exhibition catalogue, Tabakalera, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, July 19 - October 5, 2008. With texts by Joxean Muñoz, Luis Camnitzer and Eugenio Valdés Figueroa. Donostia - San Sebastián, Tabakalera, 2008.

Pabellón Cuba. 4D - 4 Dimensions. 4 Decades. Exhibtion catalogue, La Habana, Cuba, 8th Biennial 2003. With texts by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Tonel, Manuel Piña (et al.). Berlin, b_books, 2008.

.co. Una versión personal. With texts by William Ospina (et al.) Ojo de Pez, 2007.

Cart[ajena]. Exhibition catalogue, Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española, Cartagena, Colombia, March 25 - April 30, 2007. With texts and interviews with the artists by José Roca and Jorge Díez., 2007.

Day after day. Kunsthalle Fribourg Fri-Art 2003-2007. Exhibition catalogue, Fri-Art, Fribourg, 2003-2007. With texts by Sarah Zürcher, Carlos Jiménez (et al.). Fribourg, Kunsthalle Fribourg Fri-Art, 2007.

Negatec. Exhibition catalogue, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina, March - June 2007. With texts by Luis Camnitzer, Patrica Hakim and Trebor Scholz. Buenos Aires, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, 2007.

40 Salón nacional de artistas. 11 Salones regionales de artistas. Exhibition catalogue, Museo de Arte Moderno, Barranquilla, and 11 other cities in Colombia, 2006. With texts by Javier Gil (et al.). Bogotá, La Silueta, 2006.

Around the world in eighty days. Exhibition catalogue, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, South London Gallery, London, May 24 - July 16, 2006. Texts by Jens Hoffmann, summary of Jules Vernes's text by Peter Costello. Frankfurt, Revolver, 2006.

Guerra y pá. Simposio sobre la situación social, política y artística en Colombia / Simpósio sobre a situação social, política e artística na Colômbia / Symposium on the social, political and artistic situation of Colombia. Published in conjunction with the symposium held at the Kunsthaus Zürich, January 29, 2005. With an introduction by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa. Zürich, Daros-Latinamerica, 2006.

If walls had ears = Als muren oren hadden. 1984-2005. Catalogue, with texts by Saskia Bos (et al.). Amsterdam, De Appel, 2005.

La Biennale di Venezia. 51. International art exhibition. Participating countries, collateral events. Published in conjunction with the 51st Venice Biennial, June 12 - November 6, 2005. With a text by Fabrizio Plessi.

La trama e l'ordito. Exhibition catalogue, Pavillion of the Istituto Italo-Latinoamericano at the 51st Venice Biennial, June 12 - November 6, 2005. With texts by Irma Arestizábal and Félix Angel. Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, 2005.

Las Horas. Artes Visuales de América Latina contemporánea = The Hours. Visual arts of contemporary Latin America. Exhibition catalogue, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, October 5, 2005 - January 15, 2006. With texts by Sebastián López, Eugenio Valdés Figueroa and Hans-Michael Herzog. Zürich, Daros Latinamerica / Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz, 2005.

2004 Shanghai Biennale. Techniques of the visible. Exhibition catalogue, Shanghai Biennial, September 2004. With contributions by Sebastián López (et al.). Shanghai, Municipal Administration of Culture, 2004.

Animals. Exhibition catalogue, Haunch of Venison, London, June 22 - September 11, 2004. With texts by Christiane Schneider and Raimond Gaita. London, Haunch of Venison, 2004.

Cantos Cuentos Colombianos. Arte Colombiano Contemporáneo. Ostfildern-Ruit, Hatje Cantz, 2004.

Malin, Regula. Cantos Cuentos Colombianos. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Kolumbien. Zürich, Daros Art Education, 2004.

International 04. Exhibition catalogue, Liverpool Biennial, September 18 - November 28, 2004. With texts by Lewis Biggs (et al.). Liverpool, Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2004.

Artlab 021. Text by John Slyce. London, Artlab, 2003.

Ciudad, arte, ciudadanía. Fotoars 2003. II Bienal de Lanzarote.. Exhibition catalogue, 2nd Lanzarote Biennial, October 14 - December 15, 2003. With texts by José Pérez de Lama (et al.). Lanzarote, Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, MIAC, 2003.

Oliveira, Nicolas de. Installation art in the new millennium. The empire of the senses. London, Thames and Hudson Thames and Hudson, 2003.

Octava Bienal de la Habana. El arte con la vida. Exhibition catalogue, 8th Habana Biennial, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba, 2003. With texts by Rafael Acosta de Arriba, Hilda María Rodríguez Enríquez (et al.). La Habana, Consejo Nacional de Artes Plásticas / Centro Wifredo Lam, 2003.

Eso... Esau. Tercer festival internacional de arte sonoro. Exhibition catalogue, "Tercer Festival internacional de Arte Sonoro", Ex Teresa Arte Actual - INBA, Ciudad de México, June 29 - July 22, 2001. With texts by Guillermo Santamarina and Manuel Rocha Iturbide. Mexico City, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, 2001.

Tirana Biennale 1. Escape. Exhibition catalogue, 1st Tirana Biennial, National Gallery & Chinese Pavilion, Tirana, September 15 -October 15, 2001. Edited by Giancarlo Politi, with contributions by Francesco Bonami (et al.). Milan, Giancarlo Politi, 2001.

Continental Shift. Eine Reise zwischen den Kulturen = Een reis tussen culturen = Un voyage entre les cultures = A voyage between cultures. An exhibition of contemporary art. Exhibition catalogue, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Stadsgalerij, Heerlen and Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain, Liège, May - September 2000. Edited by Wolfgang Becker, Alexander von Grevenstein, Anke van der Laan and Françoise Safin-Crahay, essays by David Galloway (et al.). Freiburg im Breisgau, modo Verlag, 2000.

V Bienal de Arte de Bogotá. Exhibition catalogue, 5th Bogotá Biennial, October - December 1996. With texts by Gloria Zea (et al.). Bogotá, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, 1996.