from 5/10/2012 to 20/11/2012

Contemporary art in South America has had in recent years a great development. In addition to the macro-Brazilian continent, many of the other Latin countries saw the flourishing academies, museums and research environments at the level of the leading countries of the art market. This exhibition, organized by the gallery Primo Piano LivinGallery of Lecce, Italy ( ) and curated by Dores Sacquegna, is a magnifying glass on the art scene of today’s Venezuela and is part of a touring exhibition that took other steps to Lecce, Bari and Naples and which aims to acquaint the Italian audience this fascinating world poised between the language of modernity and the links with tradition.
A few times the Italian art sites have dealt with Venezuela. Yet the link between Italy and the country has always been very close, thanks to the massive immigration that on several occasions there was to those lands. The unstable political situation has certainly made it more difficult to obtain artistic schools able to assert itself on the international scene, but among them we remember the founding of the Circulo de Bellas Artes, where they operated writers, poets and artists of avant-garde, which marks the break with academicism; inspired by the Bauhaus school of E. Monsanto, with a search that led to the most advanced artistic movements in Venezuela, close to abstraction, the group of “dissidents” that were part of, among others, Alejandro Otero, Pascual Navarro, Luis Guevara Moreno.

In the second half of the twentieth century, the Foundation of the Taller Libre de Arte, which joined among others Oswaldo Vigas, Omar Carreño, as the sixties were dominated by artists of kinetic art including C. Cruz Diez and J. Soto. Among the names that emerged after 1970s are cited Carlos Zerpa, Henry Bermudez, Rolando Peña, José Campos Biscardi, Francisco Hung, Corina Briceño, Margot Römer, Ana María Mazzei, Bartus Bartolomes, Jose Coronel, Ricardo B.Sanchez, Domingo De Lucia , artists whose work gradually acquired international recognition. Among the “young artists” are Astolfo Funes, Carlos Anzola, Albert Riera, Roberto Notarfrancesco and others.
Despite the difficulties of recent years, the creative ferment and the desire to give voice to their identity revealed new names singular uniqueness. The exhibition features nine artists who experiment with forms and genres very different. Best-known names as Bartus Bartolomes known for his proclamation on “Transposizionism” centered on new iconography and symbolism of ‘”visual art” contemporary. His works (painting, drawing, caricature, photography, design and poetry) are inspired by syncretism, hybridisation and secret codes, expressed in contemporary languages. Ricardo B. Sanchez, architect and photographer, who works on the concepts of identity and migration, Jose Coronel, also a designer and graphic artist, performs large murals and had major show and retrospectives public. His works (sculpture and painting) play with the light in the labyrinth joints of color and transparency. Domingo De Lucia, Italian-American, who emigrated to Venezuela, is a minimalist artist and president of Fundación ArtQuímia and Atenea in Caracas. Since 1997 he is member of the “Grupo Provisional” an association of artists working in the field of art and culture.
Among the “young artists” include Astolfo Funes, his works are in important private and public collections around the world. Works with painting, with a sign biting and typical Latin; the photographer  Paola Puppio Zingg with the magic realism in contemporary style, the artist  Katiuska Gonzales, Ytaelena Lopez who also work with video and installation. Posted in exhibition, the artist Sandra Garcia Pardo, born in Colombia, which in recent years has collaborated with Bartus Bartolomes and included in the project as a “Visiting Artist”. She works with sculpture and installation.
Among new figuration, abstraction or experimental languages, common elements are always careful observation of the changing society of their continent and an explosion of life that make the show an experience of the senses.
The show adheres to “The eighth day of Contemporary Art” organized by AMACI (Italian association of museums and galleries)

The Artist



Review by Curator Dores Sacquegna
Courtesy of Primo Piano Livign Gallery, Lecce, Italy