Los Carpinteros

Hidden in architecture are stories

“We are interested in exploring the simple functionality and daily life of a person, and how symbolic it can be.”

Los Carpinteros are Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez: a Havana-based artist duo. Their obsession lies in exploring the narrative potential of architecture and industrial design. Their fantastical body of work stretches throughout their airy, multi-level studio, where you can find everything from watercolors of utopian cities made of lego, to sculptures of melting congo drums.

A partnership with a happy, fluid dialogue, Marco and Dagoberto believe in bringing a collective vision to art. They draw inspiration from the simple physicality and movement of life: objects in a hardware store, the way a friend cuts their hair, or the practical objects that man creates.

Both were born and raised in Cuba. They describe the country as equal parts complex and inspiring, but most of all integral to the context with which they interpret the world. Cuba is home, but Los Carpinteros’ are applauded globally. Their works are part of permanent collections at some of the world’s top museums and galleries including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the TATE Gallery in London.