Jorge Pardo (b. 1963, Cuba) explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. All Pardo's work shares a sense of color harmony; in other words, painterly questions come into play in an oeuvre that otherwise tends to work in quite different art historical spheres, including sculpture installation, buildings. Using vibrant colors and patterns and natural and industrial materials, he creates everyday objects and spaces with transformed meanings, such as lamps that function as both lighting and sculpture. As Christina Vegh observed, “Lamps, because of their function, are entirely suited to the forging of connections that is such a leitmotif within his oeuvre. (...) Even though we are dealing with readymades, it is clear that here Matisse, as Pardo himself suggested, is at least as important as Duchamp. The key to Pardo's objects is atmospheric lightness, sweeping arabesques and ornaments, along with the domestic and private aspects - elements that the French painter addressed throughout his lifetime. If one artist was interested in using color effects to make light an effect or a subject for painting, the other takes the liberty of distributing actual light sources around the gallery and thus putting painterly questions on the agenda. (...) But Pardo is not concerned with pure light and pure color in space, like Dan Flavin or James Turrell. And nor is he interested in wall-to-wall illumination. He is concerned with the various different lamp forms as elements that can create a composition within a particular spatial order and yet still recall everyday personal use, revealing their social dimension”.
A 2010 MacArthur Fellow, Pardo has gained acclaim for such large-scale works the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles commission 4166 Sea View Lane or his 2008 redesign of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)'s pre-Columbian galleries. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has had solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, neugerreimschneider, and Petzel Gallery. Pardo lives and works in in Mérida, Mexico.