I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964 and with 12 years old, recently completed, I moved to Bariloche City (Argentina). Since very young, I always felt interested in nature, ecology and evolution, of living beings, feeling specially great empathy to animals. I relate with this themes using both hemispheres, reading and thinking contemplating and experiencing, drawing and making sculptures. The mountaineering practice became a center in my adolescence, allowing my longed contact with Nature and also an escape from the oppressive and repressive ambient of Argentina in those times.
I studied Biology in The Comahue's National University and I got my Doctorate in 1988, with a Conicet scholarship. In parallel I continued with drawings and sculptures, learning some techniques in local artists workshops and short curses given by artists from other cities.
Bariloche wasn't offering many opportunities to assist curses and not even to see art exhibitions and I was taking advantage to compensate when I traveled to Buenos Aires, sometimes with scholarships help like the Rio Negro's Culture Undersecretary scholarships in 1989 and the Trabucco Foundation in 2005. I didn't only visit visual art exhibitions, also theater, dance, cinema, music shows. In 1999 I won the Foundation scholarship for The Interior Artists Professional Training Program in Bariloche. More recently, my participation in Regional Inter fields (Entrecampos) in Gral. Roca City and Rosario City, both in Argentina in 2008, have been very stimulating.
I started to exhibit my work and to send sculptures to regional contests in 1983. I 1996 I got the first award of the XIII Annual Art Salon of the Bahia Blanca's Stock Market Foundation, with one of my first works in metallic fabric, which collects biological and sculptural concepts. In 2003 I won the first award in the XII Rio Negro Art Salon in Bariloche. That same year I've been selected to participate, for the first time in a exhibition in Buenos Aires: Open Studio in the ex Harrod´s stores. Then I was invited to participate in Artificial Nature in The Oliveras's Mansion. In 2005, the Rio Negro's Art exhibition, took part in the Recoleta Cultural Center, with the Argentina Paints Good Program (Argentina Pinta Bien), where I took advantage because I had some work already in Buenos Aires and it was at the same time when I've presented work at the Palais de Glace (Buenos Aires). To obtain an Honor Mention cheers me to keep presenting my work and at the following year I received the Third Award. I've started also to send work to the Manuel Belgrano Salon at the Sivori Museum, were I got a mention in 2005. In those years it was been organized, in the Cipolletti City, in Rio Negro, the unique National that exists in my region, and I got a mention in 2006 and the Second Price in 2008.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
Predator- prey, is the beginning of a series of works done with metal mesh (deployed metal and metal canvas) with images composed by animals. The metal meshes delimit my sculptures, referrers skin, the exterior limit of animals that connect and protect from exterior. The idea of individual's limit it's although is upset when seen trough light or in reflected shadow, other live animal in its interior (that’s is not a fetus and not even a parasite. The coexistence results in a different unit of the individual or species, a system, like ecosystem. Fairly, Predator- prey, is in population ecology, a self regulated population system. Although, if a fox looks like having the power to exterminate a hare, it still depends in it existence to survive. Otherwise, when this image emerged I had the conscience that what we are looking for is already in us.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
I feel interested in an interpretation with multiple possibilities, as biological concepts are also applicable to our human issues, as much in a society level like in individual aspects.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
When child, in Buenos Aires, I frequented Eva Garcia's classes, who talked and showed dadaist, surreal and crazy (from mental hospitals) artist' s images, we practiced with mixed techniques and sometimes she made us do portraits to teach how to see totality. The truth is that I've always been interested in biological phenomenons more than in to artistic referents. When I've started to pay more attention to artists, I felt attracted to sculptors, from prehistory in books up to Argentinian artists that I was knowing like Distéfano, Dompé, Gamarra and others. When I stayed more time in Buenos Aires during a scholarship in 1989, I've been surprised by a couple of exhibitions of some artists, like Jorge Macchi, one of those were an objects exhibition. The scene was growing year through year, but always in a kind eventful way. In 2003 I had the chance to see a Miguel Harte's exhibition in tha MNBA that I loved.. I had an impact with Nicola Constantino's work, so I asked her to direct me for the Trabucco scholarship in 2005. Let's say that I have a lot of uneven influences and in spite of that I can be more associated to paleolithic art.
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
I saw specially local artists exhibitions, very good ones, but that is a partial vision. I've coincided randomly in BA, with very important nationwide artists exhibitions like Kuitca and Grippo, in MALBA Museum. I heard more often the stories about artists instead of the experiences, as if you were behind an in a disorderly manner of what is happening with art in Argentina.