Lino Lago - Biography
Lino Lago, a graduate of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, has been living in Vilnius (Lithuania) for several years, where he is developing his artistic career. He has exhibited individually at the Casa de Galicia in Madrid, at the Peda Gallery in Klaipeda (Lithuania), at the Bredgade-Kunsthandel Gallery in Copenhagen (Denmark), at the Club Financiero in Vigo and at the C5 Gallery in Santiago de Compostela, as well as at the George Adams Gallery – one of the most prestigious galleries in New York.
The artist from Redondela has also taken part in various collective exhibitions, including those at Arte Xoven Gallega at the Municipal Museum of Ourense, at Casa de Vacas in Retiro Park (Madrid), at the Vartai Gallery in Vilnius (Lithuania); at the Bredgade Kunsthandel Gallery in Copenhagen (Denmark), at the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and at the Fran Daurel Foundation in Barcelona.
He won the Kristoforas Award in 2002, the Vilnius City Council Arts Award (Lithuania). In 2007, he received an Honorary Mention at the Arts and Artists Foundation Painting Awards held by the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.
As explained by the curator, Rafael Doctor, Lino Lago imbues his work with a “constant critique of the politically accepted norms in the artistic system and the deactivated image of commitment”. Hence, in his most recent work, Lino Lago has produced a result that merges his most deep-rooted beliefs on his own position as a “rational” animal while living in a world surrounded by other animals that are exploited and wiped out for various reasons, something in which the artists refuses to take part. The latest pieces by Lino Lago are a direct criticism of the meat-related ideology that governs the modern world and, from a conceptual standpoint, are based on animal welfare support – a way of thinking and acting that understands that the relationship maintained between human beings and animals in modern society is wholly abusive, cruel and unfair.