Alfredo Jaar (Santiago del Chile, 1956) lives and works in New York.
He is mostly known as an installation artist, often incorporating photography and covering socio-political issues and war. His work has been shown extensively around the world, notably in the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), Kwangju (1995, 2000), Johannesburg (1997), Seville (2006) and Liverpool (2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002).
Important solo exhibitions include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992); Whitechapel, London (1992); Museum of Contemporary, Chicago (1992); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1994); Museum of Comtemporary Art, Rome (2005); Fundación Telefónica, Santiago (2006); Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007); Hangar Bicocca and Spazio Oberdan, Milan (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); Berlinische Galerie and Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2012); Merz Foundation, Turin (2013); Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires (2014), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art (2014), Times Square, New York, public project (2014), mac – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille (2015).
He has created over than sixty public interventions around the world and more than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2006 he received Premio Extremadura a la Creación.