Carlos Bunga's work is located at the point where architecture, painting and performance meet. Bunga first became known in the early 2000s with ephemeral interventions whose main action, rather than constructing through addition in the traditional sense, was the apparent opposite: subtraction, destruction and removal. His habitual material, cardboard, allows the exploitation of relatively opposite qualities, such as malleability and hardness, strength and fragility.
Bunga creates architectural-sculptural installations that respond to the constructive elements of the context in which they are sited. For the most part, therefore, these are responses to existing buildings. Demanding great physical exertion, their execution is never pre-planned with the aid of preliminary drawings, but rather embraces the cultivation of intuition and chance.
Exhibitions in which he has participated include Manifesta 5 (San Sebastian, 2004); In Site 05 (San Diego Museum of Art, 2005); Unmonumental. The Object in the 21st Century (The New Museum, New York, 2007); Fundación Marcelino Botín (Santander), IVAM (Valencia), Museo Patio Herreriano (Valladolid), 2008; National Museum in Warsaw (Warsaw, 2009); 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (Israel, 2012); and Bronx Museum (New York, 2014). Individual exhibitions include Culturgest Porto (Oporto, 2005); Milton Keynes Gallery (United Kingdom, 2006); Miami Art Museum (Miami, 2009); Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Lisbon, 2010); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, 2011); Museu de Serralves (Oporto) and Pinacoteca de São Paulo, 2012; MUAC (Mexico City, 2013); Haus Konstruktiv Museum (Zurich, 2015); Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional, Bogotá and the 1st Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago.
Bunga lives and works between Madrid and New York.