Bio

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1955. I studied Chemistry, and I started my self-taught way on photography when I was 28 years old, when my wife gifted me an issue of Popular Photography magazine. In 1985 I built my first darkroom, an especial place where I develop different techniques and processes that fulfill my photographic approach. There I spent my free time back home from my job in the chemical industry. In that year I was invited to show in a collective exhibition and my work started to gain recognition. After my first solo exhibition in 1987 I participated in many collective or solo shows. My work was seen by Wendy Watriss in 1991, who invited me to show the series “Pending Photographs” in Houston FotoFest’ 92, Texas, USA.

Since then I’d been exhibiting worldwide. My work is included in private and public collections from many countries. I was winner of the International Portfolio Review Forum at the Festival of Light, Argentine, in 2004 and 2014. Besides being Honored Guest at FotoFest '92, I was selected to show at FotoFest International Discoveries in 2007 and 2015, and the Biennial FotoFest 2016 "Changing Circumstances", Houston, Texas, USA.

In 1992 I was awakened to a deep interest in Japanese culture, its arts and philosophy. I discovered haiku (seventeen phonetic syllables poems), haibun (a writing style that combines haiku and narrative), sumi-e (black ink drawing and calligraphy) and zazen (Zen meditation - Ch’an in Chinese language). Since my youth Chinese thought also had a great impact in my life, specially through The Book of Changes, the I Ching, a more than 3000 years’ oracle and classic sapience book.

I was always interested in the frontier between real and fiction, mythology, alchemical symbolism, human condition and the search for transcendence. That took me to make metaphoric, ambiguous and abstract images.

In 2006 I decided to dedicate full time to fine art photography, and moved from Montevideo to Solymar, a seaside near Montevideo, in Ciudad de la Costa. In our novel home where I now live with my wife Alicia and our female pets-friends -our dog Lía and our cat Iki-, I built a new darkroom and working place.

Our home slowly turned into an open-house gallery where I exhibit my vintage photographs and my most recent work. Those ones who would like to visit us are welcome.

Statement

My work is based on three pillars: idea, technique, and the selection of materials for each project.

I choose creative processes in which I use my hands, and I prefer tangible elements instead of virtual ones.

Image edition programs bore me. Making images through sophisticated technology doesn’t emotion me. So, and as long as I can, I will follow working with both traditional and alternative techniques, to which I add some processes that I discover in my investigation.

I am prepared to welcome chance while I experiment with my own chemical formulas. Some other ideas I articulate them through writing, drawing, painting and artist’ books.

There I find fertile fields for further inspiration that transcend the scenes I could capture with a camera. This balance allows me to grow from new experiences and to continue exploring with my eyes and my hands. Investigation, contemplation and imagination are my guides and motivations.


Among the places where I exhibited my works are:

The Center for Fine Art Photography
CIIS, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA
Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fototeca Latino Americana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Museum of Latin-American Art of the O.A.S., Washington D.C.
Galería Casa Cano, Bogotá, Colobmia
FotoFest Headquarters, Houston
Lianzhou Foto Festival, China
Institute of Hispanic Culture, Houston
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
FotoGalería of CTBA Teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Arte x Arte Gallery, Buenos Aires
Foto Galería Municipal Center, Provincia of Santa Fe
La Rábida Museum, Huelva, Spain
ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo
Municipal Exhibitions’ Center, Montevideo
CdF Center of Photography, Montevideo
Museum of Migrations, Montevideo
Museum Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo
Museum and Municipal Historical Archive (Cabildo), Montevideo
Galería ‘A Cielo Abierto’ of CdF, Montevideo
Ministerial of Education and Culture, Montevideo
FotoClub Uruguayo, Montevideo
Sala Carlos Sáez of Ministerial of Transport, Montevideo
Gallery and Museum La Puerta de San Juan, Montevideo
Galería of Notariado, Montevideo
National Library, Montevideo
Centro Cultural de México, Montevideo
Centro Cultural Kavlin, Maldonado
Fundación Atchugarry, Maldonado

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