IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Galo Moncayo

Galo Moncayo is an installation artist and architect currently teaching as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Estonian Acady of Arts in Tallinn, as well as teaching in the Energy Design Department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He has exhibited throughout the United States including New York, and in Germany, Mexico, Austria, Spain and has been invited as a visiting artist/lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, The George Washington University, among other universities in North America and in Israel, Germany, Mexico, Austria and Ecuador. Galo Moncayo received a Magister of Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Zaha Hadid Master Class, a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in the United States.

Galo Moncayo explores the artificiality of cultural constructs by examining how they work and how they affect our concepts of what is “real” and what is “not.” Through the use of images and sounds, Moncayo engages the viewer in interaction with a physical structure, so the viewer may become aware of some particular aspect of our physical, cultural, and/or social environment. He strips technological artifacts of their shelf identity to bring out their human qualities. He uses multiple media, not to create electronic sculptures, but rather to create dynamics situations that are curiously comparable to everyday life, but with a provocative twist.