Gabriela Caregnato was born in Chivilcoy, Buenos Aires Province, on October 31st 1978.
In her hometown, she studied with the artist Miguel Ronsino.
When she was 18 she moved to the city of La Plata to begin her studies in Painting. In the year 2002 she graduated from Bachelor and Teacher of Fine Arts, UNLP - National University of La Plata.
She has realized numerous solo and group exhibitions, like Camino del Real [Road of the Royal] (Islas Malvinas Cultural Center, La Plata); Ruta Potemkin [Potemkin’s route] (MACLA, Museum of Contemporary Latin American Art of La Plata); Proyecto Néctar [Nectar Project] (Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires C) and Plan B (Pabellón 4 Gallery, Buenos Aires).
She received awards and mentions like: Mention of Honor from the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires, Sculpture; Young Art Award, 2008; Jury’s Mention of Honor in the Estímulo Painting Award organized by the Artists’ Association of the province of Buenos Aires in 1999 and 2004; Scholarship for the Provincial Forum of Visual Artists, Painting category, Mar del Plata City.
She is currently working on Proyecto Cubo 2007-2008 [Cubo Project] at Pabellón 4 Gallery. She also takes part in “Las Ediciones del año verde” group [Editions of the green year], directed by the artist Alfredo Benavidez Bedoya.
She teaches Painting and History lessons at her private studio. She works and lives in the city of La Plata.
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.
I chose the work “Still the bridge”, a 1.20 x 0.80 meters painting realized with paper and acrylic on canvas. It was specially realized for an itinerant group show of Pisouno Art Gallery and it travelled through the cities of Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba and La Cumbre.
This painting was conceived in a period of high production between January and March 2008. It represents the maturity of my image and the achieved iconography, where each element placed in the painting expresses in a natural way what it is: the framed highway in the bridge, and below, the city: three links that unify my work, and a beginning where you can start travelling through it.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
I would like my work to be placed in very busy sites, with lots of movement, disorder or under construction. Not in a quite place of contemplation. I can imagine it being hung in corridors or places of transit. Like a referent, a map or drawn guide to show the next steps to follow.
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?
I don’t situate myself in any tradition, I think my images are constantly developing and becoming, to the point that I’m surprised by many of them. Although I think that the majority of my images can be framed in the genre of landscape. Sometimes this landscape is more like a container and sometimes it’s introduced as a simple travel note of a journey about to start. I can recognize the influence of Van Gogh, Alvar Aalto, Peter Eisenman.
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
Julio Le Parc’s exhibition at MNBA - Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires.