CHEMA MADOZ (Spanish, b. 1958)

“Objects have the same character that words do when you put one next to the other: they contaminate one another and meanings change. I profit from those circumstances.”

Chema Madoz, in a 2010 interview with Ana Ibarra Jensen for Elephant magazine

Chema Madoz was born Jose Maria Rodriguez Madoz in Madrid, Spain, in 1958. He studied art history at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid during the early 1980s while studying photography at the Centro de Enseñanza de la Imagen. In 1985, Madoz had his first solo exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid.

In the 1990s, Madoz began to question the everyday uses of objects by manipulating and accentuating their characteristics in his photography. Without digital alteration, Madoz photographed either unaltered objects or objects that he manipulates or invents himself. He considers himself "an objectual sculptor who works from a photographer's point of view."

Madoz has had his photographs exhibited worldwide and now lives and works in Madrid.

Selected Collections:

Coca-Cola Foundation Collection

Coleccion de arte de la Compania Telefonica, Madrid, Spain

Coleccion Generos y Tendencias, Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas

Coleccion Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Coleccion Testimonio, Fundacion la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain

Hermès Collection, France

Kodak Collection, Madrid, Spain

Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Marugame Hirai Museum, Japan

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Museo Marugame, Hirai, Japan

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Prosegur Collection, Madrid, Spain

Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, Helsinki, Finland

Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain