Ivan Navarro Interview

Ivan Navarro is a contemporary sculptor from Chile. He’s best known for sculptures of fluorescent tubes that politically undermine the Minimalist style.

Who Are You?

Ivan Navarro, artist.

What do you do?

I am an artist, a sculptor, and I also run a record label called Hueso Records.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. My experience living under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet continues to influence my practice. Currently, I live and work in Brooklyn, New York.


When did you take your first big risk in life?

It was in 1997 when I decided to move to New York. I was determined to integrate the concerns of my homeland within the movements of American art.

Why have you found success so far?

I would have to say my strong work ethic has been central to my success as well as my openness to collaborate and embrace the influence of artists before me to realize my vision. Never stop!

Who is someone you would love to work with but can’t?

There are many people I would love to have the chance to work with but can’t. To name a few: Gordon Matta Clark, Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman and Robert Smithson, among others.

What are you working on now?

Lately I’ve been interested in researching language quirks and how I can turn them into sculptures. I’m also working to transition from 2D to 3D, or perhaps to some kind of unknown dimension. I was selected for the International Light Art Award. I’m making a sculpture using traffic lights.

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Where do you spend most of your free time?

Probably in my living room, I have a large collection of music in vinyl that I enjoy as much as I can.

When you look back at your life so far, describe your biggest success?

A pivotal point in my career as an artist was hosting the National Chilean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Not only did the public seem to enjoy the work but I also received several proposals to create new projects with people who appraised the work in Venice, even years after the event.


Why are you doing this interview?

Answering these questions requires that I pause and reflect – something I value very much.

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