||Kcho I Residency from January to Jjuly 1999
Kcho, (Alexis Leyva Machado), was born in 1969 on the island of Juventud, Cuba. He lives and works in Havana. Kcho entered the international world of art institutions and galleries early in his career. His work won awards at both the Havana Biennial in 1991, and at the Kwangju South Korean Biennial in 1995. In 2000, he represented Cuba at the Venice Bienniale.
Being doubly island born is not insignificant to Kcho's work. The theme of isolation and the need for communication with the rest of the world is essential to the entirety of his work, at the same time retaining its connection to Cuban culture and traditions. Boats and everyday objects are the principal elements in his work.
Studded with oars, associating boat hulls, canoes, tables and disparate objects, the works produced are animated, suspended in the air. The homage to Calder's mobiles is evident. Furthermore, Kcho acknowledges that "Calder's mobiles were the first works that I studied at the School of Fine Arts in Havana." During his residency, Kcho produced a boat mast which was displayed on the Champs Elysées in Paris for the exhibition "Champs de la Sculpture" in September of 2000.