Simon Vega (1972) creates drawings, ephemeral sculptures and installations inspired by the informal, self-made architecture and vendor carts found in the streets and marginal zones of Central America. Growing up in El Salvador in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Vega witnessed the Cold War in a period when both the U.S. and the Soviet Union were competing for influence in Central America. These early memories have greatly shaped the artist’s view and approach to the world of contemporary art. His works, assembled with wood, cardboard, plastic and found materials, often parody famous Modernist and mythological high-tech robots and satellites developed by NASA and the Soviet Space Program, creating an ironic and humorous fusion between first and third worlds, while commenting on the political and socio-cultural effects of that conflict in today’s Central America.
Vega has exhibited his work extensively in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the 55th Venice Biennial in Italy (2013), the IX Havana Biennial, in Cuba (2006), at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California (2018), at the Bronx Museum in New York (2019) and most recently at the Centre Pompidou, París for the exhibition Cosmópolis 2. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Costa Rica, at Locust Projects, Miami and at the Hilger Next Gallery in Vienna amongst others. He lives in La Libertad, El Salvador.