Steegmann Mangrané’s works often unsettle the conventional ways in which art is seen or felt; examples include his virtual reality–based project Phantom (2015) and his subtler drawings and sculptures that entwine light, color, and the architecture of the venues they are displayed in. In its emphasis on experience over object, Steegmann Mangrané’s practice echoes some of Brazil’s most significant contemporary artists, like Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, whose pioneering work of the latter half of the 20th century exchanged spectatorship for full-body participation.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Barcelona, 1977) has lived in Rio de Janiero since 2004. He studied arts and photography in EINA and Gris Art, both in Barcelona. He has had major solo exhibitions at CAC Vilnius (2018); Serralves Museum, Porto (2017); Museo de Arte Moderna de Medellín (2016), MAM Rio de Janeiro (2015); CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (2014); and, Uma certa falta de Coerência, Porto (2013). Mangrané’s work has also been featured widely at international institutions and biennials, including the 14th Biennale de Lyon (2017); Centre Pompidou, Metz (2017); 9th Berlin Biennial (2016); New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2015); Renaissance Society, Chicago (2013); 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2013); Museo Experimental el Eco, Mexico DF (2013); and, 30th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2012) Mangrané is a member of the advisory board of Capacete, an experimental art school and residency program in Rio de Janeiro, and organized its Summer University from 2011-2014.