Emanuel Rodriguez Chaves

Emanuel was born in Costa Rica in 1986. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica from 2005-2012, and at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin KhB, under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2013-2015. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Sanja Pahoki and Bernhard Sachs. Where his research examines images as elements in the construction of memory and knowledge, via databases, printed photos, and digital resources. These images are enhanced and distorted, to modify meaning and agency.


Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.




2016-2019 Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia.

2013-2015 Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany. 

2011-2012 (Honors) Fine Arts, Painting, Universidad de Costa Rica.                                                                                                                                                              

2005-2012  Bachelor Fine Arts, Painting. Universidad de Costa Rica.

Conferences and Symposiums

2018 IX Coloquio-taller de la Red Europea de Investigaciones sobre Centroamérica

Identidades heridas: el discurso del cuerpo en las artes centroamericanas.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy. November, 2018.



2019 Teaching Associate under the Academic Assistantship Program. Painting Department. Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. University of Melbourne.  

2016 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France,  Alliance française Costa Rica, Institut français                                                                                                              

2016 Melbourne Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.                                                                                                                                

2013-2015 DAAD Stipendium, Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin


Prizes and Awards


2018. AG McMillen Arts Trust, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne, Australia. 

2017. VCA Access Program. VIctorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.


Curated Shows

2019 Anathema: Kicking A Dead Horse, with artists Yundi Wang, Madeleine Peters, Peter Narzisi, Aaron Christopher Rees and Sanja Pahoki. Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

Solo shows


2019 (upcoming) la pintura / die Malerei. c3 Contemporary, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia.

2019 (upcoming) A Naïve Faith In Images: (Re) Construction Of Two Files. VCA Artspace (Final PhD Exhibition Show), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.

2018 darkroom / The Assassination of Viviana Gallardo. Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia. 

2017 Sinonimia.  Allianza Francesa, San José, Costa Rica.

2014 Fifth Column. KSCA, San José, Costa Rica.

2013 Coercitiva, procesos y fracasos, Museo Calderón Guardia, Costa Rica.

2012 Error, Bacon como proceso. Universidad de Costa Rica. Costa Rica.


Group exhibitions


2019 1919 Salon. Curated by George Adams, Galerie Pompom, Sydney, Australia.

2018 'NO SAFE PLACE TO REST YOUR EYES'. c3 Contemporary. Artists: Ashley Perry, Brie Trennery, Charlie Donaldson, Emanuel Rodríguez-Chaves and Genevieve Piko. Curated by Katie Paine.

2018 Premio Bancarte, Museos del Banco Central, San José, Costa Rica. 

2017 ultra_Contaminados - Inquieta Imagen, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo Costa Rica. 

2017 Waves, c3 Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia.

2017 Rara #13, Espacio La Erre, Guatemala.

2016 Amsterdam Art Fair, Galerie Conrads, Amsterdam.                                                                                                                                                                                    

2015 Pulse Miami, Galerie Conrads. Miami.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

2015 Versus, Equilátero, San José, Costa Rica.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2015 Supplément, Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Ahrenshoop, Germany.                                                                                                                                                                  

2014 Artconnect Berlin X BoumPop Up Exhibition Berlin Art Week, Berlin.                                                                                                                                                            

2014 Das Floß der Medusa, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin.

2013 Satisfactory, San José, Costa Rica.

2013 Weird international Collage Show. Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo Costa Rica.

2012 Valoarte, In collaboration with artist Shih Chang Yang. Edición 10. San José, CR.

2012 Casino, Avenida Escazú, Costa Rica.

2012 Grandes y jóvenes del arte costarricense. Galería Nacional,SanJosé, Costa Rica.

2012 "Soccer / Passion / Costa Rica", Primus Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2012 Intersubjetividades, Museos del Banco Central. San José, Costa Rica.

2010 Taller abierto. Escuela de artes plásticas, Universidad de Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.

2010 Zentica. Costa Rica-Japón. Casa del cuño, San José, Costa Rica.

2009 Centenario a Francis Bacon, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.