Rigau was born and raised in Little Havana, Miami, Florida to a teen immigrant mother. His grandparents spoiled him silly with numerous trips to Disney World. At the age of 7, Rigau's uncle brought him to the news station he worked at. There he learned about media production. In his third year of high school he had his first daughter. Rigau's work comes out of all this, and more. His experiences growing up in Miami's Little Havana (urban Miami) has shaped the contents and attitude of his work. It has provided the subject matter for incongruent compositions. Rigau works with images, moving images, sculpture and painting. He is interested in artifice, display and perception. Miami (where he is from) is inundated by artifice and replicas. The layers of fake (plastic plant) and real (actual plant) are nearly indistinguishable. In this way Rigau's interest comes from his formative surroundings. His work imitates the materials and aesthetic of art, while considering the psychology used by the advertising industry. Critical agitation and defamiliarization is the intent
Carlos Rigau graduated from Florida International University with a double major in Fine Art and Television Communications. In 2012 Rigau completed Hunters Master of Fine Arts program in New York City. He has completed Residency at Fountainhead and Everglades AIRE Program. Fellowships and Media Arts Fellow BRIC and A.I.M Bronx Museum. Currently participating in Wanderers at Tile Blush. On view until July 27, 2019.
Endless Everglades, 2019 (Video Still)Green Furniture grade PVC, 43 inch Monitor