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About the Artist
Oil on canvas
86.61 x 70.86 inches
Anyone who would like to know who this plastic artist is, will have to browse through her early years in Mendoza (Argentina), her home city. Even as a child, Florencia Aise, already showed attraction for painting instead of playing with dolls and toys. At first she grabbed brushes and crayons, and would start creating a doodle on fabrics or paper, then a stroke and finally, a drawing.
With the support of her family and an environment inclined to art, her curiosity was transformed into an intense vocation, in which the Great Masters of Art, as Goya and Diego Rivera, became her first referents.
Afterwards, came the time when she started visiting several ateliers to listen to the pieces of advice generous colleagues had to offer. They taught her about different techniques and styles, and showed her how to work with the shades and textures. All of these stages helped her crystallize the dream of having a career as a plastic artist.
Everything happened very fast, so much so that at the age of 16, Florencia had already provoked admiration for her oils on canvas, her favorite technique, in which she was defined for her naturalistic tone with incredible realism. Her first exhibitions became unexpected successes. In fact, the first art works of this self-educated artist were acquired by an Argentinian private collector.
Nowadays, with the maturity achieved during such an intense trajectory, that included her degree as an Industrial Designer, Aise has developed a unique technique to portray the beauty of little things, those that we usually miss when they do not belong to us anymore. “Todo el mundo cabe en una sola gota de agua” (The whole world fits in a single drop of water) is her top art work of hyperrealism, in which her careful and faithful drawings question the identity of the original model.
When we thought we knew everything about her, this artist amazes us again with her collages anthology. She shows a considerable versatility when taking everyday objects and souvenirs to turn them into a powerful message or cultural teaching.
Her thorough search for beauty and perfection has taken her to destinations like Rome and New York, where her art work has not gone unnoticed.
Even the Miami Art Basel Week has witnessed the emotion that her images provoke, which advances towards the spectator as a punch loaded with fury, but ends as a caress to the soul that becomes impossible to forget.
This may be the reason why, Forbes Magazine was not mistaken when selecting her as one of the most promising young people, under 35 years of age, in Argentina.
About the Artist
Acrylic on canvas
59.05 x 78.74 inches
Other Represented Artists
Ernesto Bertani was born on February 3rd, 1949 in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He is the second child of a traditional middle class family, and the result of a blend of immigrant generations from Italy, France and Spain.
During elementary school, he was an outstanding student; however, this did not apply during high school. Apparently, Ernesto got bored and instead of listening to his teachers, he would draw or illustrate the last football match he had seen. When he felt romantic at heart, he would draw erotic motifs. His aunt Bertha Rioboo, painter and gallery worker, would take him to art exhibitions and it was together with her, by observing how she painted during the weekends, that he discovered that he could also become a painter. Nevertheless, he started studying Architecture, which he dropped out during the second year to enjoy, for the first time, the “freedom of painting all the time…”
Self-taught until the age of 24, he later studied sculpture with the master Leonardo Rodríguez. In 1975, in an attempt to give color to his gypsums, he resumed his classes with Victor Chab, mentor who gave him the encouragement he needed to work as a full time painter.
He has received numerous awards, among which are: the First Price for Painting (1982) and the First Price for Drawing (1983) at the Municipal Hall in Buenos Aires; the Casa de las Américas Award, at the Havana Biennial (Cuba, 1984), the Grand Prize of Honor at the National Drawing Hall (1994) and the Grand Prize of Honor at the National Painting Hall (2002).
He has been an exclusive artist at Zurbarán Gallery, one of Argentina’s most well known galleries, which is in charge of the organization of his exhibitions and the edition of the publications that describe his work.
In his pictorial work, he elaborates images whose mimesis with the real exceeds the analogy. His hyper realistic technique is the most appropriate way to transmit messages of great rhetoric elaboration, in which the simplest elements
Group exhibition. "The Best of the Year". Wynwood 28 | Art Gallery. Miami. Fl. (US). Art Basel Week 2016.
Solo exhibition. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Solo exhibition. Besharat Gallery. Atlanta (USA).
Solo exhibition. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Retrospectiva”. Fine Arts Municipal Museum. Tandil. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Solo exhibition. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Retrospectiva”. Teatro Argentino. La Plata. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“100 Años de Pintura Argentina”. La Plata and Mendoza (Argentina).
“Artistas por Argentina”. Sívori Museum. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“30 Años”. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Caballos en Libertad”. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Las Obras del 10”. MALBA. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Osos de Berlín en Buenos Aires”. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Latin American Painting Contest. Borges Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Homenaje a Dalí”. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Palais de Papel”. Palais de Glace. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Chandon por el Arte”. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Casa FOA ’03. Buenos Aires. (Argentina)
Altera Gallery. Pinamar. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Artistas por Argentina”. A.P.A. Sívori Museum. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Solo exhibition. Altera Gallery. Pinamar. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Solo exhibition. Zurbarán Alvear’s Collection. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
“Exposición Tango”. Atlanta. California y Texas (USA).
Solo exhibition. Mateo Sariel Gallery. Panama.
“Retrospectiva”. Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez Museum. Santa Fe. (Argentina)
Group exhibition “Argentine Now”. California, Texas and Massachusetts (USA).
Solo exhibition. Hammer Gallery. New
Enrique Testasecca was born in Mendoza (Argentina) in 1974.
In his early years, he studied architecture at University of Mendoza, graduating in 1994. Two years later, his passion for art became stronger when he decided to change his career path. Therefore, he attended the Art & Design Faculty at National University of Cuyo (UNCuyo) from 1996 to 1999.
At that moment, Enrique was working as the Heritage’s Manager at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes “Emiliano Guiñazú” (Casa de Fader), which is the major art museum in Mendoza. During that time, he learnt how to be an art restorer, as he started to develop his creative art work.
By the year 2000, he moved to Buenos Aires and began to work at Foundation Elia-Mario Alberto Robirosa, a remarkable art gallery in Argentina´s capital city, known all over Latin America. It was there where Enrique, by participating in some of the many art fairs that took place both, in Buenos Aires and other cities of South America, gained expertise as a gallerist.
After 4 years, he returned to Mendoza and re-launched his projects as an artist.
He was part of the team that worked in the complete restoration of the murals of Fernando Fader, one of the major artists in Argentina. It took over 2 years to have the job done. It was key to his career being part of Kilka (Espacio Salentein), the new venue for Art exhibitions in Uco Valley, Mendoza.
Currently and since 2006, Enrique has been working as a Curator and Mounting’s Chief at Museo del Área Fundacional of Mendoza’s City Hall.
By the end of 2014, Testasecca joined Wynwood 28, a US art gallery that is representing him in some international markets. A few months ago, he exhibited his art series named “Payunia & Estepa”, in Manhattan. It was his first activity as a Wynwood 28’s international artist.
The critic Alfredo Cernadas, from the Buenos Aires Herald, said about his art work: “Although Testasecca uses quite an almost monochromatic palette, he is an ou
1996/1998: “Enrique Testasecca. Pinturas”. Museo del Área Fundacional. Mendoza (Argentina).
2003: “Paisajes del alma”. Liquid Design Space. Buenos Aires. (Argentina).
2004: Museo del Area Fundacional. Mendoza (Argentina).
2006: “Paisaje interior”. Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno. Mendoza (Argentina).
2006: “Paisaje interior”. Centro Cultural Estación San Martín. San Juan (Argentina).
2007: “Arte y Vino”. Bodega Zuccardi. Mendoza (Argentina).
2010/2011: “Registros cuyanos”. Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
2011: “Registros cuyanos”. Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno. Mendoza (Argentina). 2011: “Registros cuyanos”. Centro Cultural “Amadeo Conte Grand”. San Juan. (Argentina).
2012: “Registros Cuyanos”. Museo Contemporáneo de Salta. Salta (Argentina).
2015. “Paisajes del alma”. Espacio Kilka. Bodega Salentein. Mendoza. (Argentina).
2015: “Payunia&Estepa”. Pier 92/94. Manhattan. New York. (US).
2015: “Opening Exhibition” on Art Basel’s Week. Wynwood 28 Gallery. Miami (US).
His expertise in the galleries and museums
Wynwood 28 Art Gallery. Director.
Area Fundacional Museum. Curator, person in charge of the assembling, actualization and change of script. General Coordination “National School Agustin Alvarez Exhibition”
Killka Espacio Salentein Museum. Art Assistant. Design, Contemporary and Patrimonial Art Exhibitions Assembling Cataloging, Killka Collection
Alberto Elia y Mario Robirosa Foundation Art Gallery. Recoleta, BuenosAires.
Work performed: in charge of the art works’ reserve and assembling assistant. Cataloging of the argentine contemporary art collection, reconditioning and organization of the reserve.
Coordination and assembling of the stand during the Arte BA fair.
Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Emiliano Guiñazú, Casa de Fader. Work performed:
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Enrique Testasecca is an artist of a naturalistic kind. He has managed to capture the essence of the deserts and the Andes mountain range landscapes. The environments created with his acrylics on canvas perpetuate the ambience of those places. The artist wants his artwork to make us think of Nature as the window to our internal landscape
Mark Vasallo is best known for his mesmerizing Flowers photographs that captivate audiences with the dynamism they present and the tension that exists between the complexity and the simplicity of their beauty. He was born in 1971 in London, and while he was a student at St. Martins he came into contact with the ink paintings of the Chan monks who brought what would later become known as Zen Buddhism from China to Japan. It was in 1992 when he moved to Japan and found a temple to experience it at first hand. This is where his inspiration came from. Since then he has devoted his time to photography, creating unique pieces that have caught the attention of people all around the world. His work has been exhibited at various museums and galleries such as the Kaleidoscope Museum Kyoto, the National Portrait Gallery in London and Frederick Harris Gallery in Tokyo. Vasallo’s artworks have been celebrated in art fairs all around the world, including Art Expo New York, World Wide Art Los Angeles and Asia Contemporary. With his most recent work Flowers the artist not only attempts to visually represent the subject in front of his camera, but also attempts to transmit a direct experience of a flower, showing its function as well as the fleshiness of the petals with their individual texture and transparency. A remarkable display where the artist connects deeply with his subject, dissolving the illusion that separates the viewer from the viewed. No wonders why this incredible work has been published by Omoplata Japan.
1992 Cohn & Wolfe Award London
1999 Kiyosato Photo Art Museum Japan- Young Portfolio Award
2008 Art Directors Club 87th Annual Awards New York- Merit Award
2011 Taylor Wessing London– Elle Commendation
1996 Zeit Foto Salon
1999 Kiyosato Photo Art Museum
2008 Sin Aoyama
2011 Fireking Cafe
2011 National Portrait Gallery, London
2013 Kaleidoscope Museum Kyoto - Kyotographie+
2013 Art Expo New York, Asia Contemporary
2014 Affordable Art Hong Kong.
2014 Affordable Art Singapore, World Wide Art Los Angeles, Art San Diego
2015 Fireking Cafe, Frederick Harris Gallery , 530 Park Shibuya
2015 PDNB Gallery Dallas (USA), Picture This Gallery (Hong Kong)
2016 Solo exhibition. “Flowers”. Wynwood 28 | Art Gallery. Miami. Fl. (US)
2016 Group exhibition. “The Best of the Year”. Wynwood 28 | Art Gallery. Miami. Fl. (US).
2014 Vassallo, Mark. FLOWERS published by Omoplata Japan
Cohn and Wolfe collection London
Kiyosato Museum of photography
Various Private Collections
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