Marco Evaristti (born 1963) is a Chilean artist who has lived in
Denmark since the 1980s. While a trained and practicing architect,
he is best known for his work that put live goldfish in a blender.
1 Early life
2.1 Pink State
4 See also
6 External links
Though raised a Catholic, in his teenage years Evaristti found out he
was born to a Jewish mother, which some account for the philosophical
and religious themes in his work. Evaristti holds a master's degree
in architecture from the
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he
was a student of architect Henning Larsen. Through the years, he has
continued working on private architectural projects as well as larger
His architecture works contain a blend of Scandinavian, Asian and
Latin American approaches. He travels to other countries and
embellishes the natural environment with coloured dye as part of an
ongoing project he calls "Pink State". Evaristti sometimes uses
materials taken from nature, such as diamonds, gold, semen and blood,
to create a psychological reaction in the viewer.
Evaristti describes Pink State as his own independent state, a state
of mind with passport and constitution, but without government
control. Although imaginary, he will materialize it from time to time
in his transitory landscape works. Pink State is Evaristti's, but
without controlled or controlling borders. Manifestations of Pink
State have included 2004's The Ice Cube Project off Greenland, 2007's
attempted painting of the summit of
Mont Blanc (The Mont Rouge
Project) in France, and 2008's Arido Rosso Project in the Sahara. All
these projects, at their core, deal with issues of territorial power
In 1995, Evaristti was a visiting professor in
Bangkok at the
Silipakorn Fine Arts University. While in Bangkok, he witnessed over
thirty road casualties every day, and accompanied investigators to
several accidents. Here he acquired blood and other materials from
some of the scenes, and used them with ink to paint on canvases. In
this way, he was trying to create an image of what disaster might look
like. The most important element was the use of real blood. Evaristti
Picasso that art is a representation of reality expressed
through a lie. However, in these paintings the blood is real and thus
not a lie. He titled the piece "Crash".
After studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Evaristti
gained notoriety for a museum display entitled Helena in 2000 that
featured ten functional blenders containing live goldfish. The
display, at the Trapholt Art
Museum in Kolding, Denmark, invited
guests to turn on the blenders. This led to museum director Peter
Meyers being charged with and, later, acquitted of animal cruelty.
In 2001, Evaristti worked on his project "Terrorialista", which is a
silver-patina bronze sculpture made up of twenty-eight parts that
together form a complete human body. The pieces are all based on
photographic images of human bodies that were blown apart by acts of
terror by both sides of the conflict. The allegiances, gender,
nationality, religion and every other feature that had identified the
people in those photographs was now eradicated. Parts of this work are
further explained in the Pink State.
Evaristti's next major work, in 2004, entitled Ice Cube Project, was
to paint the exposed tip of a small iceberg red. This took place on
March 24, in Kangia fjord near Ilullissat, Greenland. With two
icebreakers and a twenty-man crew, Evaristti used three fire hoses and
3,000 litres (790 US gallons) of paint to color the iceberg blood-red.
The artist commented that, "We all have a need to decorate Mother
Nature because it belongs to all of us."
On January 13, 2007, Evaristti hosted a dinner party where the main
course was agnolotti pasta that was topped with a meatball made with
his own fat, removed earlier in the year in a liposuction
On June 8, 2007, Evaristti draped the peak of
Mont Blanc in France
with red fabric, along with a 20-foot pole with a flag reading "Pink
State". He had been arrested and detained on June 6 for attempting to
paint the peak red. He has stated that his aim is to raise awareness
of environmental degradation.
In 2009, Evaristti exhibited his "Body Bags" project. This consisted
of three body bags cast in bronze, each in a different color, to
symbolize the three main monotheistic religions. He claimed the body
bags were like the modern-day image of the skull and reminded people
how fragile human life was. By making each resemble a different
religion, he was trying to enforce the idea that no matter what ideas
you believe in, your life will still end in death.
On January 27, 2010, Evaristti exhibited his artwork "Rolexgate" which
is a model of the entrance gate to the Auschwitz-Birkenau
concentration camp. 80% of the model is made up of gold which comes
from the teeth of
Jews who died in the concentration camps. The model
had been briefly exhibited in Berlin, but was removed because of the
In 2010, Evaristti created his "Boxing Bag" project, in which he
replaced boxing bags' sand stuffing with hair cut from Christians,
Jews, and Muslims. He invited viewers to nudge certain bags aside to
get through the pathway. He suggested that a viewer who hit certain
bags had a vendetta against that religion. 
In March 2013, Evaristti painted a frozen waterfall in Hovden,
Norway red with fruit juice.
^ "Biography". evaristti.com. Archived from the original on February
7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
^ a b BOMSDORF, CLEMENS (28 August 2013). "
Goldfish in a Blender?
Marco Evaristti Calls It Art". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13
^ a b c d e f g Evaristti, Marco. "Welcome to Evarisitti Studios".
Retrieved 20 March 2014.
^ "Liquidising goldfish 'not a crime'". BBC News. May 19, 2003.
^ "Meal fried in artist's own body fat". news.com.au. 2007-01-13.
Mont Blanc in Red". The Washington Post.
2007-06-08. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
^ "Description of "Rolexgate" on the artist's website". 2010-12-19.
Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
^ "Vurderer å anmelde ismaler". NRK. 2013-03-11. Retrieved
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