Marco Rios is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in sculpture, photography, video, and performance. He received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine and his undergraduate degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
His work has been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Artists Space, New York; Estacion, Tijuana, Mexico. Previous exhibitions include Death’s Boutique at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Mixed Signals, a traveling exhibition organized by ICI; This is Killing Me, a group exhibition at MASS MoCA; and the 2008 California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art. In addition, he produced three solo exhibitions at Simon Preston Gallery in New York; a solo project Despair Beyond Despair at LAX ART, Los Angeles; a solo project Anatomy of an Absent Artist t Santa Museum Museum, CA (now Institute on Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) and an outdoor public project at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. Recently, he’s produced projects at artist-run spaces Skulpturgarten in Vienna and National Museum in Berlin.
In 2007, he was a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship. In 2008, he was selected as one of the James Irvine Foundation Visions from the New California awardees. In 2009, he was awarded an ARC grant from The Durfee Foundation, and in 2014 he was awarded an Art Matters grant.