Photo Edition Berlin presents an online exhibition of José María Rodriguez Madoz better known as Chema Madoz.
Born in 1958 in Madrid, where he lives and works. He studied History of Art at the Complutense University of Madrid. His first individual exhibition was in Madrid in 1983, at the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid. Since 1990 he has been developing the concept of objects, a subject which would appear constantly in his photography until the present. The photographs show in a subtle and ironic way paradoxical worlds of everyday objects. Familiar objects are placed in a new context, beyond a function – and achieve a new meaning through the playful interaction with other objects. These assembled constructions play with reality, our perception and exaggerate it – and release it in a poetic way.
At the end of 1999 the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía offered him an individual show “Objetos 1990 – 1999″, which was the first retrospective show of this museum for a living spanish photographer. Chema Madoz has received a number of important awards and honors such as: Kodak Spain Prize (1991), National Photography Award, Spain (2000), Higasikawa Overseas Photographer Prize from the Higasikawa PhotoFestival (Japan) (2000), PhotoEspaña Award (2000).
His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Colección Fundación Telefónica, Madrid; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Fonds National d`art Contemporain. París; DZ Bank Kunstsammlung among others.
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