What is Factum Arte?

Factum Arte consists of a team of artists, technicians and conservators dedicated to digital mediation. The main focus is on the production of works for contemporary artists and the application of new technologies to the creation of objectively accurate facsimiles that are part of a coherent approach to understand and read the importance of material evidence. The emphasis is on cross-disciplinary communication, innovation and sharing information and ideas.

Factum’s goal is to demonstrate what can happen when technology is developed and applied by creative thinkers and where the line between the digital and the physical no longer exists.

Over 50 people work together in about 10,000 sq meters of studio space on two sites in the East of Madrid, close to the airport. Their skills are diverse; architects, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software writers, product designers, moulders and casters, welders, conservators, fine and applied artists, printers, machine operators, accountants, photographers, film-makers, 3D scanners, textile specialists, typographers and both digital and physical sculptors. Precision engineering, CNC milling (3 and 7 axis), foundry work in many materials (at every scale and level of detail), water-jet cutting, laser technologies of various kinds, 3D printing, electro-forming and electroplating, wood carving, stone carving and a host of manufacturing techniques are carried out on site or in collaboration with skilled specialist workshops.

Led since 2001 by Adam Lowe, who founded Factum Arte with Manuel Franquelo and Nando Guereta, the workshop was conceived as an interdisciplinary studio where diverse skill sets collide on a daily basis. Artists such as Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor, Maya Lin, El Anatsui, Ahmed Mater, Paula Crown, Wang Yuyang, Marc Quinn, Gillian Wearing, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Akram Zataari, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joriege, Rachid Koraïchi, Mariko Mori, Abdulnasser Gharem, Manal AlDowayan, Hrair Sarkissian, Shezad Dawood, Sarah Sze, Subodh Gupta, Michael Hansmeyer, Jenny Holzer and many others have enjoyed and taken advantage of Factum Arte´s craftsmanship and bespoke technology to create new works of art.

“It is one of the curious places where, as an artist, you feel that it is possible to reinvent the process of `making´ works of art, and where at the same time
the word ‘no’ almost doesn’t exist.”
Marina Abramović on Factum Arte – Harper’s Bazaar, 2019

"That immaculate eye for detail is typical of the work of Factum Arte, a Madrid-based studio whose combination of digital analysis with assiduous craft is transforming the way we see art. I have been watching their work develop for nearly a decade.
I am now convinced it is the most important thing happening in 21st-century art."
Jonathan Jones – The Guardian, February, 2017

Read more: A digital mediation studio, 2022


Adam Lowe Juan Carlos Arias Carmen G. Figueras Damián López Rojo Francesco Cigognetti Carlos Bayod Lucini
Blanca Nieto Dwight Perry Pedro de Miró Infante Gabriel Scarpa Carlos San Juan María Carmen Pascual
Michael Ward Angel Jorquera José Menéndez Carlos Alonso Manuel Franquelo Aliaa Ismail
Aniuska Martín Jorge Cano Isabel Fernández Charlie Westgarth Jordi García Pons Otto Lowe
Ferdinand Saumarez Smith Jacinto de Manuel Voula Paraskevi Natsi Natalia P. Buesa Silvia Álvarez Carlos Sanz Sayalero
Iván Allende Teresa Casado Oak Taylor-Smith Irene Gaumé Eduardo L. Rodríguez Esperanza González
Amanda Blázquez Miguel Hernando Nuria Goytre Nicolas Béliard Oscar Parasiego Nathaniel Mann
Nuria Medina Marina Luchetti Pedro Salafranca Osama Dawod Giulia Fornaciari Larissa van Moorsel
Dylan Dobson Celestia Antrusther Carolina Gris Valentino Tignanelli Marina Luchetti Jemima Lowe
Eduardo García Raul Candil Sol Costales Doulton Mar García Sánchez Macarena Crespo Almudena Casado
Inés Urbina
In Memoriam: Piers Wardle Guillermo Múgica Bermejo

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