Dario Robleto (born 1972) is an American conceptual artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. Robleto received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1997 and has subsequently served as an artist in residence at several institutions including the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. He is currently represented by D’Amelio Terras in New York, ACME in Los Angeles and Inman Gallery in Houston.
Robleto employs a variety of media in his artworks, creating intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his passionate exploration of music, popular culture, science, war and American history. Most often incorporating everyday, found objects, Robleto transforms artifacts from a vast inventory of our collective past into delicately layered objects that are sincere and personal meditations on love, death, spirituality and healing. A great appreciator of hip-hop music and DJ culture, Robleto views his work as a mixtape or sampling of humanity, recycling old items and reconstructing them into new artistic forms, as a means to viewing the future through the past.
Robleto has also held solo exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2010); The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina (2006); The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York (2003); The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2003); and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2001).Artist website: www.dariorobleto.com