December, 18

Fernando Renes

Born in Covarrubias, Burgos, 1970. Live and works between Bilbao  and Covarrubias, Spain.
His practice commenced in the 90’s, with his contribution and animation as the main means. When in 2014 he returned to Spain after 17 years living in New York and Rome, started working on ceramics, giving a three-dimensional and vernacular support to his piezas. There is an exhibition at Casa Encendida (Madrid), DA2 (Salamanca), CAM Raleigh (Carolina del Norte), Mucsarnok Kunsthalle (Budapest), Cabañas Cultural Institute (Guadalajara, Mexico), Caja de Burgos Art Center CAB (Burgos), Fundación Santander Bank (Boadilla del Monte, Madrid), TRANS ›area (New York), Fundación BilbaoArte Fundazioa (Bilbao) and MAC Genalguacil (Málaga), among others. His work forms part of the collections of the Botín Foundation (Santander), MUSAC Museum of Contemporary Art of Castile and Leon (León), Center d´art La Panera (Lleida), Federico García. Lorca Foundation (Granada) or the Queens Museum of Art (New York). Also appears in publications like 100 Spanish artists (EXIT, 2008), the Vitamin D, New Perspectives in Drawing (Phaidon, 2005).

 

 

June, 06

Sidival Fila

 Sidival Fila was born in Brazil, State of Paranà, in 1962. Live and works in Rome, at the Convent of the Franciscan friars of San Bonaventura al Palatino.

A constant feature in the aesthetical path of Sidival Fila, an artist and member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, is his research for contact with matter. This includes humble material, discarded objects, all the way to free and introflexed fabrics. His works of art aim at giving a voice back to these materials, as he attempts to tell their story and enable the perception of their vibrations. Sidival Fila as an adolescent he began to be deeply interested in plastic arts, particularly painting. He loves Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, but feels most attracted by modem artistic movements from Impressionism to Cubism. After a few years, and after various work experiences he decided to give way to his vocation to religious life, and thus abandoned his worldly projects and entered the Order of the Friars Minor of San Francis of Assisi.

In 2006 he organized his first personal exhibition at the Convent of St. Bonaventure in Frascati. He was invited in 2010 to exhibit at “Trasparenze: l’Arte per le Energie Rinnovabili”, a collective exhibition held at the MACRO Museum in Testaccio in Rome ; in 2011 “The Splendour of Truth and the Beauty of Love – Artists for Benedict XVI on the 60th anniversary of his Ordination”. In 2012 the Gallery Ulisse dedicated and exhibition “Dittico sull’Orlo dell’lnfinito” to Agostino Bonalumi and Sidival Fila. Sidival also exhibited in the solo show “Le pieghe della luce” at the ex GIL Palace in Rome. In 2014 he participated in the project “Atelier d’Artista” at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, in Rome. It’s of 2015 the “TrasFormAzione” exhibition (together with Yves Klein and Tito) at Bilotti Museum and in 2016, he exhibited at the Embassy of Brazil in Italy, at Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona. In 2016, there is the exhibition “DRÔLES DE TRAMES!”, at Le Fresnoy – Studio des Arts Contemporains – in Lille, France, where its works are called to dialogue with important artists such as Thomas Bayrle, Blanca Casas Brullet, Dan Flavin, Sheila Hicks, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Sol LeWitt, Jean- Michel Meurice, François Morellet, François Rouan and Pablo Valbuena. In May 2017, one of his project won the selection organized by Sankt Peter Kunst-Station in Cologne (Germany), where, in the spring of the same year, Fila proposed a site specific installation that invests the entire architectural structure. In December 2017 RI-NASCITA, realized in collaboration with Fondaco Italia in the Arches of the Papal Palace of Rieti. In the same month of Dicember 2017 he inaugurated the first solo exhibition in France at Jérme Poggi Art Gallery in Paris and at Parisian church of Saint Eustache. On 2018 has been performed an at Palazzo delle Scintille, in Milan, for the presentation of the Moncler collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino’s creative director, within the Moncler Genius Collection Fall 2018-2019 project. On February 2018 Sidival Fila has been the protagonist of a prestigious exhibition at San Fedele Gallery in Milan, dialoguing with main masters of Italian art such as Lucio Fontana and Jannis Kounellis. In

May 2018, Silvana Editoriale published the official monographic text by Elisa Coletta and from September to November numerous site-specific works were exhibited at the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo, part of the National Museum “ Gallerie Estensi”, in a solo exhibition entitled “Sidival Fila: Prospettive Relative”. Also in 2018, the works of Sidival Fila were exhibited in some of the most important international fairs, in the cities of Madrid, Bogotà, Mexico City and New York. Currently, Sidival Fila is present at the Venice Biennale 2019 with the polyptich “Golgotha”, a site-specific installation inside the Venice Pavilion, at Giardini della Biennale.

February, 28

Sebastián Gordín

Artist in collaboration with the gallery

 

Sebastian Gordin works and lives in Buenos Aires – Argentina, 1969.
In 1983, he joined the Manuel Belgrano National School of Fine Arts. This year was the last of the civil-military dictatorship and the beginning of the spring called Alfonsin. A time of great socio-cultural effervescence, after much suffering the horror of the dictatorship. The underground cultural scene of Buenos Aires experienced great growth. Like many young people of his generation, Gordin created, together with a group of friends of the school, a fanzine of comic called “Spring Salchichón”. The magazine began to transit in clubs and cultural centers of Buenos Aires as in Cement, Parakultural and etc. It is in these places that a part of the group begins to show graphic productions, which resemble more painting of the 90s than with the comics.
In those years, a new unit of the University of Buenos Aires, the Cultural Center Ricardo Rojas was created and, in 1989 was appointed curator of the gallery Jorge Gumier Maier Rojas. It is in this place that Gordin makes his first individual exhibition of paintings. The exhibitions held in this space – his and other artists – reconfigured the artistic map of Buenos Aires in the 1990s. Well known artists such as Pablo Suarez and Roberto Jacoby exhibited in the Rojas and are considered pioneers of a new aesthetic that have proposals relating to the years 60. Jacoby begins a stage of collaborative creation of a series of cartoons, one of which will be published in Fierro magazine.

In 1992, at Jacoby’s idea, Gordin held an exhibition – performance on Florida Street, at the gates of the Latin American Cooperation Institute (ICI) – an institution that soon became an ally to legitimize Rojas gallery. With a lamp in his forehead, the artist approached the audience on the street for a guided tour of a miniature exhibition “large premises” conceived within a model of ICI itself.

The quality of its facilities, and is a continuing process in its latest works, its sophisticated representations of galleries and imaginary museums, such as the Vampire Manuscript Museum, Zombie Museum or the Museum of Art which was part of the retrospective show that the Museum Buenos Aires de Modern art in 2014.

He won the Braque Prize, among others, the grant for the artistic creation of the National Foundation for the Arts and Torches Foundation and the Arteba Petrobras award. He was selected for the residencies of artists Monflanquin (1995), Frac des Pays de la Loire (2002) and Ateliers d’Artistes de Marseille (2001). His works are in public and private collections, such as: National Museum of Fine Arts in Argentina, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Art Reina Sofia, Jack Blanton Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, MAR Museum Rio de Janeiro, Castile and León Museum of Art, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Malba Constantini Collection.

Nicolas Schöffer

Artist in collaboration with the gallery

 

Schöffer born in Kalocsa, Hungary, 1912 – Paris, France, 1992
He was one of the main promoters of artistic space in post-war Europe, and a forerunner of “cybernetic art” and media art. His research, focused on the programming of time, light and space, marks a decisive break for the art of the twentieth century. In his work sculpture frees itself from the materiality of the object, to become device that generates effects on the spectator, in a spirit of total art. Schöffer is also known for connecting art with technology by providing his sculptures with ‘electronic brains’ responsible for feedback systems. The sculptures of a new kind were able to interact with humans, and the environment. In his art work, for the first time it was possible to replace man in a ballet performance with a robot, and control a monumental sculpture with a computer. (Tour de Liege, Tour Lumiere Cybernétique de la Defense). Schöffer received his artistic training at the School of Fine Arts in Budapest and the École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts in Paris. He moved to France in 1936. In 1948 he began to investigate Spatiodynamisme through the construction of a series of sculptures made of aluminium frames and glass or Plexiglas coloured slates (in some cases mobile) which particular design and structure produced dynamic changes of both, the internal spaces of the pieces and their environment, multiplying the effects of light and shadows. His sculpture ‘CYSP 1’ (1956) is considered as the first cybernetic autonomous sculpture in art history. To create this work, Schöffer used electronic system developed by the Philips Company. His creative-innovative career includes painting, sculpture, architecture, urbanism, spectacles, tapestry, films, music, videos,photo, teaching and 10 books.

Elias Crespin

Caracas, Venezuela, 1965. Lives and works in Paris, France.

Elias Crespin uses custom-software-controlled motors to animate the modular geometric structures he creates. His installations consist of arrangements of metal hand formed elements or single elements in geometric shapes, which are suspended in midair by nearly invisible nylon threads. Through computer programming, they constantly shift and mutate, producing highly nuanced choreographic effects. His work questions the concept of form, space, movement and time and it’s often associated with the study of color, the experimentation of different materials and textures, of light and shadow.

Elias Crespin grew up in Caracas, where he was originally trained as a computer engineer. His parents were both mathematicians, his grandparents were artists: his work perfectly integrates these two personal universes, science and art. It was only later in his career, in 2002, after having worked for fifteen years in software programming, that he started developing his first piece. He finished it after two years of research.

Since 2004, his sculptures have been shown in international cultural institutes like the XIII Bienal de Cuenca 2016, Busan Biennale in Korea in 2014, in the Museum of Fine Arts Huston, in the Grand Palais and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, in the Boghossian Foundation, the Maison particulière, the Verrière Hermèsin Brussels. They have entered the collections of important institutes such as the Museum of Fine Arts Huston, El Museo del Barrio in New York, the MALBA in Buenos Aires.
Since 2008 he lives and works in Paris.

March, 09

Erwin Olaf

Born in 1959 in Hilversum, Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Erwin Olaf is an interdisciplinary artist working across the fields of photography, video and installation. After studying at the Utrecht School for Journalism, Olaf emerged onto the international art scene when his series ‘Chessmen’ won the Young European Photographer of the Year award in 1988. This was followed by an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, with subsequent solo and group shows at major museums and galleries around the world, including Bilbao Art Centre, the Modern Art Gallery in Bologna, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

August, 23

Rui Calçada Bastos

Rui Calçada Bastos nasceu em Lisboa em 1971.

Estudou Pintura na Escolas de Belas Artes do Porto e de Lisboa, assim como Artes Visuais no Centro de arte e Comunicação Visual – ArCo, em Lisboa.

Após uma estadia em Paris, na Cité international des Arts, mudou-se para  Berlim em 2002 para efectuar uma residência artística na Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Em 2004, Calçada Bastos recebeu o prémio Arbeitstipendium der Senatsverweltung fur Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur em Berlim.

Em 2005, em colaboração com os artistas Sergio Belinchon, Santiago Ydanez, Paul Ekaitz e Antonio Mesones, fundou a galeria Invaliden1, um espaço gerido por artistas em Berlim. Até 2015, Invaliden1 apresentou e expôs obras de cerca de cem artista contemporâneos de todo o mundo.

Rui Calçada Bastos was born in Lisbon in 1971.

He studied Painting at the Porto School of Fine Arts and the Lisbon School of Fine Arts, and Visual Arts at the Centre for Art and Visual Communication – Ar.Co, in Lisbon.

After a stay in Paris, at Cité international des Arts, he moved to Berlin in 2002 for a residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. In 2004, Calçada Bastos was awarded the Arbeitstipendium der Senatsverweltung fur Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur in Berlin.

In 2005, together with artists Sergio Belinchon, Santiago Ydanez, Paul Ekaitz and Antonio Mesones, he co-founded the artist-run space Invaliden1 in Berlin. Until 2015, Invaliden1 presented and exhibited the work of almost a hundred contemporary artists from around the world.

August, 11

Fernando Campana

Em 1983, Fernando Campana (1961) em parceria com seu irmão Humberto Campana (1953) fundaram o Estudio Campana em São Paulo. O estúdio se tornou famoso pelo design de mobiliário, por criações de peças intrigantes – como as poltronas Vermelha e Favela – e, também, por ter crescido nas áreas de Design de Interiores, Arquitetura, Paisagismo, Cenografia, Moda, entre outras.

O trabalho dos Campana incorpora a ideia de transformação, reinvenção e integração do artesanato na produção em massa; tornando preciosos os materiais do dia-a-dia, pobres ou comuns, que carregam não só a criatividade em seu design, mas também características bem brasileiras – as cores, as misturas, o caos criativo e o triunfo de soluções simples. Empresas como A Lot of Brasil, Alessi, Alpi, Artecnica, Baccarat, BD Barcelona Design, Bernardaud, Bisazza, Camper, Cosentino, Corsi Design, Edra, Fendi, Foscarini, Ghidini1961, Grendene, H. Stern, Lacoste, Lasvit, Louis Vuitton, Moleskine, Nodus, Skitch, Trousseau, Venini, entre outros, produzem as ideias materializadas pela equipe do Estudio, que também assina sua própria linha de edições limitadas, numeradas e de peças únicas criadas, muitas vezes, em parceria com comunidades e ONGs. Essas edições especiais são representadas por galerias internacionais, incluindo Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Friedman Benda Gallery, Firma Casa e Galleria O. Roma.

As peças Campana fazem parte de coleções permanentes de renomadas instituições culturais como MoMa, em Nova Iorque; Centre Georges Pompidou, em Paris; Vitra Design Museum, em Weil am Rhein; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo e, também, Musée Les Arts Décoratifs, em Paris. Os irmãos foram homenageados com o prêmio “Designer do Ano” pela Design Miami, em 2008 e os “Designers do Ano” pela Maison & Objet, em 2012. Neste mesmo ano, eles foram selecionados para o Prêmio Comité Colbert, em Paris; homenageados pela Design Week, em Pequim; receberam a “Ordem do Mérito Cultural”, em Brasília, e foram condecorados com a “Ordem de Artes e Letras” pelo Ministério da Cultura da França. Em 2013, eles foram listados pela revista Forbes entre as 100 personalidades brasileiras mais influentes. Em 2014 e 2015 a Wallpaper* os classificou, respectivamente, entre os 100 mais importantes e 200 maiores profissionais do design.

July, 01

Rasheed Araeen

Born 1935 in Karachi, Pakistan Lives and works in London

Rasheed Araeen is a civil engineer, artist and writer. In 2009, he was granted a US patent for an invention, which is both a floating sculpture and water sport, followed in 2001 by a full international Patent. Trained as a civil engineer, Araeen eventually turned to art as a profession. As an artist, he began his career in 1953, continuing his pursuit art while studying civil engineering at Karachi’s NED Engineering College. While still in Karachi in 1959, he pioneered the concept of making sculpture by burning and transforming an object from one material (or form) to another. After establishing himself in Karachi, he left for London in 1964 (where he presently resides).

In 1965, he pioneered minimalist sculpture, representing what is arguably the only Minimalism in Britain. After being active in several groups for liberation struggles, democracy and human rights, he began to write in 1975, and published his own art  journals: Black Phoenix (1978), Third Text (1987) and Third Text Asia (2008). He also established online versions of Third Text in Cape Town, South Africa, entitled Third Text Africa, and the Spanish language Tercer Texto in Lima, Peru – both available free of cost to readers. He curated two significant exhibitions: The Essential Black Art (1987), The Other Story (Hayward Gallery, 1989); and, he is a recipient of three honorary doctorates (PhDs) from the universities of Southampton, East London and Wolverhampton (UK). In 2011, he developed a project that generated a comprehensive and inclusive history of art in postwar Britain, which was inclusive of all artists from all cultures who have contributed within the historical framework of modern developments. Rasheed Araeen published an autobiographical book, Making Myself Visible (1984), along with a second book, Art Beyond Art / Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century (2010).

April, 27

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich

Artist in collaboration with the gallery

 

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich is a visual artist, curator and museum director, as well as writer, theatre director, and filmmaker. Exploring a distance between a work of art and its audience, he creates performances and site-specific installations, objects, guerrilla actions and long-durational works that he presents worldwide under curatorship of Hans Ulrich Obrist, RoseLee Goldberg, Klaus Biesenbach, and Marina Abramovic, to name but a few. Fyodor’s Performance Carousel was first shown in 2014 at Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, then in 2016 as opening event of Wiener Festwochen in Vienna and received Grand Prix at Kuryokhin Art Prize 2015. Pavlov-Andreevich lives and works between Moscow (where he looks after an artist-run space, Solyanka), London and Sao Paulo.
Solo presentations include exhibitions at Paradise Row Gallery (2008, 2010, London), Deitch Projects (2009, NYC), Galeria Luciana Brito (2010, São Paulo), Galerie Stanislas Bourgain (2009, 2010, Paris), Galerie NON (2011, Istanbul), Centro Cultural São Paulo (2013, São Paulo), Faena Arts Center (2014, Buenos Aires), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (2015, Brasilia), Künstlerhaus Wien (2016, Vienna), Museu de Arte Contemporanea MAC-USP (2017, São Paulo).

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