Carlos Bunga (b. 1976 Porto, Portugal) attended the Escola Superior de Arte e Design in Caldas da Rainha in Portugal. He currently lives and works near Barcelona.
Bunga uses mass-produced materials such as cardboard, adhesive tape, and household paint to produce site-specific, process-oriented installations. Emerging from a dialogue with the existing architectural space, these ephemeral structures recall life-size architectural models as well as temporary street shelters. Through his work, Bunga not only encourages viewers to rethink their experience of space and architecture, but also evokes the transient and fragile nature of urban structures.
His work has been included in group exhibitions at Artists Space, New York (2005), New Museum, New York (2007), Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2009), University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (2012), the National Museum of Art, Cardiff (2014), Guggenheim Bilbao (2016-17), and Centro Botín, Santander (2017).
Bunga participated in “Manifesta 5” in San Sebastián (2004), “inSite_05” at the San Diego Museum of Art (2005); “14th Carrara International Sculpture Biennial” (2010), “29th Bienal de São Paulo” (2010); and “Artes Mundi 6” in Cardiff (2013).
Bunga has had solo exhibitions at numerous museums, including Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (2009); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); Museu Serralves, Porto (2012); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2013); Museo Amparo, Puebla (2014); Haus Konstruktiv Museum, Zurich (2015); the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018); Museo de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnología, Lisbon (2019); Carmona e Costa foundation, Lisbon (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (2020); and Secession, Vienna (2020).
In 2022, Carlos Bunga's solo exhibitions opened at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.