Enrique Machado resides and works in Miami, Florida. His artistic journey began in 4th grade when he was encouraged to apply for the Visual Arts Magnet Program at South Miami Elementary School. Inspired by this experience, Machado continued his artistic pursuits by attending various art magnet programs, including South Miami Middle School, Design and Architecture High School. In 2004, he graduated from the prestigious New World School of the Arts.
Machado's passion for art led him to be awarded a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute, where he joined the sculpture department. This opportunity provided him with a platform to explore different materials and unleash his creativity.
In 2007, Machado made a groundbreaking discovery that ignited a new passion within him—the material known as silicone. Intrigued by its sleek texture and organic properties, he traded in his paintbrush for a caulk gun. Painting with silicone became his obsession, transforming the act of painting into a performance in itself. Over the years, Machado experimented with various application techniques, using silicone as a powerful medium to express his artistic voice.
As one of Miami's emerging talents, Enrique Machado has garnered local attention from collectors, critics, and art fairs. Renowned Miami New Time's art critic Carlos Suarez De Jesus, and Triennial Miami's Director/Curator Jorge Luis Gutierrez have written essays on his work, highlighting his artistic vision.
Machado's artwork has been exhibited at prestigious Galleries and art fairs, including "Art Miami", "Aldo Castillo Gallery", "Art Spot", "Red Dot", "Spectrum Miami Art Fair", as well as galleries such as "LMNT Gallery," "Gallery 212," "1310 Gallery," "The Hangar Gallery," "Ave 74 Gallery," "Flagler Art Space Gallery," and "Buena Vista Gallery."
My artistic practice revolves around the creation of silicone paintings that draw inspiration from the vibrant Miami lifestyle. Through my stylized contemporary interpretations, I aim to capture the essence of water, the ocean, and its fluid energy using silicone and resins as my primary materials. Each artwork becomes a visual reflection of the movement and textures inherent in the water, with a particular emphasis on its mesmerizing translucency.
In my creative process, I wield a caulk gun as my brush, allowing the silicone to drip onto panels and form intricate, three-dimensional line drawings. This technique grants me the freedom to manipulate the silicone, creating lines of varying thickness, width, length, and curvature. By strategically directing the flow of silicone, I construct captivating patterns that build up textured patches throughout my paintings. Through meticulous exploration of composition and motion within these patterns, I seek to evoke a sense of dynamic energy.
Additionally, I employ other sculptural techniques, treating the silicone as a malleable ball of clay. With careful precision, I mold the material using my hands and fingers, creating deliberate indentations that enhance the tactile qualities of the artwork. The incorporation of carefully mixed colors in the resins contributes to a glossy, liquid finish that adds depth and visual richness to each painting.
Central to my artistic vision is the pursuit of organization and control over these materials. By mastering the esthetic characteristics of silicone and resins, I strive to communicate a new concept of textured art that encapsulates the movement and intricate visual patterns intrinsic to the study of water and its rhythmic properties.
Ultimately, my artistic journey aims to capture the viewer's imagination, transporting them to a realm where they can experience the captivating allure of the ocean in all its dynamic splendor. Through my silicone paintings, I invite audiences to embark on a sensory exploration that transcends traditional artistic boundaries, revealing a new realm of textured expression and profound visual engagement.
2006, Kansas City Art Institute, Sculpture, KC,MO
2004, New Wold School of the Arts, Fine Art, Miami, FL
Solo and Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2022 Art Miami, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2021 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2021 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2021 Art Miami, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2019 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2019 Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2018 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2018 Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2017 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2017 Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2016 Art Spot Miami, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2016 Aldo Castillo Gallery, Estero, FL
2016 Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Midtown Miami, FL
2015 Sea Fair Miami Mega Yatch, Texture, Irreversible, Miami, FL
2015 MIPAC (Miami Institute Private Art Collection) - Four Seasons Brickell, FL
2015 Cavalli Miami, Miami Beach, FL
2014 Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Midtown Miami, FL
2014 Proof, Miami, FL
2014 Armory Art Center, (Sea Rising), West Palm Beach, Fl
2014 Gallery 212, Miami, FL
2014 LMNT Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 PGA National Resort, West Palm Beach, FL
2014 TSL Lounge Art Walk, Miami, FL
2014 Secret Garden Art Walk Exhibit, Miami, FL
2013 Gallery 212, (Art Basel Showcase), Miami, FL
2013 Gallery 212, (Fall Exhibition), Miami, FL
2013 Gallery 1310, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2013 Sunset Harbor Yacht Club, Miami Beach, FL
2013 The Hangar Gallery, Miami, FL
2012 The Hangar Gallery, ( Art Basel Exhibition), Miami, FL
2012 Space Lighting, (Art Basel Exhibition), Miami, FL
2012 Gallery 212, (Art Basel Showcase), Miami, FL
2012 Bleach, Miami, FL
2012 Ave 74 Gallery, Miami, FL
2012 Tree House, Miami Beach, FL
2012 Blank Canvas Studios, Miami, FL
2011 Flagler Art Space Gallery,Miami, FL
2010 Buena Vista Gallery, Miami, FL