David Maroto

David Maroto is a Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands and a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art, with a research project called The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts, which has been recently published in a two-volume book (Mousse Publishing) and is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel.

David has an extensive international artistic practice: Havana Biennial; Biennale Warszawa; Kanal Centre Pompidou (Brussels); W139 (Amsterdam); A Tale of a Tub (Rotterdam); Artium Museum of Contemporary Art (Vitoria); Extra City (Antwerp); S.M.A.K. (Ghent); EFA Project Space (New York); Vigil Gonzales Gallery (Buenos Aires); Otty Park Gallery (Antwerp); West (The Hague); The Opening Gallery (New York), a. o.

In 2011, he spent time at a residency in ISCP New York, where he met curator Joanna Zielińska and began a collaboration called The Book Lovers, a research project based on the creation of a collection and bibliography of artists' novels with the continuous support of M HKA (Antwerp). The Book Lovers explore the different ways in which the artist’s novel is employed as a medium in the visual artists, exactly as installation, video, or performance. The collection and bibliography are complemented with a series of exhibitions, performance programmes, publications, commissions, and pop-up bookstores. This collaboration has enabled them to engage with a host of international institutions, including Whitechapel Gallery (London); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam); CCA Glasgow; Fabra i Coats (Barcelona); Index (Stockholm); De Appel (Amsterdam); Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw); a. o.

David has published numerous artists’ novels, essays, interviews, and articles, and edited various publications, including Artist Novels (Sternberg Press, 2015); Tamam Shud (Sternberg Press, 2018); and Obieg magazine no. 8, 'Art & Literature: A Mongrel's Guide' (2018), as well as the recent paper ‘Valid Fictional Contributions to Non-Fictional Debates: Fictocritical Writing in Artistic Research’ (Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis).

David also has ample experience as a guest lecturer at international art academies, such as Dutch Art Institute; Gerrit Rietveld Academy; XPUB Piet Zwart Institute; Sint Lucas Antwerpen; Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon; Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais, Sierre (Switzerland); Glasgow School of Art; and Stockholm University, a.o. In addition to lecturing, he has designed and taught diverse courses, workshops, and seminars, such as the Collective Novel Workshop at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid.



After his graduation David Maroto has been extensively involved in DAI's curriculum, as tutor, researcher and member of the Admissions Committee and as curator of a Roaming Assembly: 

2019 ~ Sunday December 1: Roaming Assembly# 26 ~ Not a Neutral Conduit: Fictocritical Approaches in Artistic Research 

Factory workshop: Happy Writing! (Writing as Research)

Apricot - Artistic Research explorations for DAI

Read Marianna Maruyama's interview for DAI with David Maroto.

David Maroto is a member of the DAI's Admission Committee.

Learn more about David Maroto’s written MA thesis: Artists Novels
Learn more about David Maroto’s DAI-publication: The South Highway
Follow David Maroto’s "life after DAI" by means of these websites: