Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s works are formally seductive, technologically sophisticated and conceptually rigorous. His works are engaged in an investigation of how certain extraordinary forces and systems—both natural and man-made—perpetually reshape our world. Collaborating with scientists, architects, engineers and biotech researchers among others, he visualizes pure data into physical form. “What I want to represent,” he states, “is how the world represents itself to us.” Through the medium of sculpture, photography, video and installation, Manglano-Ovalle’s works make the intangible tangible and challenge our notions of the political and the cultural.

Manglano-Ovalle lives and works in Chicago. He was the 2012 winner of a USA Fellow Award and winner of the 2001 MacArthur Fellowship. Manglano-Ovalle has been honored with numerous solo exhibitions including the inaugural show, The Black Forest, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (2015); Seven Thousand Cords, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Farnsworth House, Plano, IL (2015); Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Bird in Space at Mach 10, Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2013); Always After (The Glass House), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2011); and Gravity is a force to be reckoned with, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2009). Group exhibitions include the Chicago Architecure Biennial (2017 and 2015), IN/SITU 2015, EXPO Chicago, curated by Louis Grachos, Chicago, IL (2015); SITElines: Usettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (2014); Moving. Norman Foster on Art at Carré d’art, Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes, France (2013); Scattered Showers - Forms of Weather, Frankfurther Kinstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2013); Inaugural Exhibition, The Broad Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2012); and major projects for Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany (2007) and the Barcelona Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2002). Manglano-Ovalle’s work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Gent, Belgium; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Bilbao, Spain; and Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, among others. 

Architectural Portfolio

Artist Portfolio


Asteroid (Apophis), 2012
anodized aluminum
8 x 8 x 16 inches
20.31 x 20.31 x 40.63 cm
Edition of 3, with 1 AP

Jin, Calvin and Lisa (from The Garden of Delights), 1998/2017
archival pigment prints
overall: 60-1/2 x 74-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches
153.7 x 189.2 x 4.5 cm
Edition of 3, with 2 AP

Cloud Prototype No. 2, 2006
fiberglass and aluminum alloy foil
57.28 x 96.65 x 60.54 inches
145.5 x 245.5 x 153.8 cm
Edition of 5 with 2 AP

Single Iceberg (two by two), 2016
4 archival pigment prints
20 x 30 inches; 51 x 76 cm, each
44 x 64 inches; 112 x 162.5 cm, overall
Edition of 5

Bat House Prototype No. 1, 2012
anodized aluminum
28-1/2 x 5-1/4 x 16-3/4 inches
72.4 x 13.3 x 42.5 cm
Edition of 3, with 1 AP

Plume, 2003/2015
archival inkjet prints
40-3/4 x 49-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches; 103.5 x 125.5 x 6.5 cm, each (framed separately)
40-3/4 x 101 inches; 103 x 256 cm (overall dimensions)
Edition of 5

Iceberg B15 (12/08/2003 21:25 GMT), 2010
archival giclee print (framed)
26 x 20 inches; 66 x 50-3/4 cm
Edition of 5, with 1 AP

Bird in Space Prototype for Re-Entry, 2014
steel, aluminum
54 x 5 x 4 inches
137 x 12.5 x 10 cm
Edition of 2, with 1 AP