Marcelo Suaznabar

 

Artist Statement

My paintings follow the tradition of allegory and didacticism of painters like Hieronymus Bosch. I also engage elements from the Surrealist tradition although my images are not automatist. They have more in common with surrealism as access to the subconscious or dream world. However, my conscious intentions are to comment on the looming environmental catastrophe that becomes increasingly unavoidable due to the structure of human society, with all its greed and temptation for the soul.

I grew up in the city of Oruro on the Altiplano region of Southern Bolivia, which is desert-like but paradoxically retains a sense of the magical. My father had a farm there so I have an instinctive affinity with animals and the landscape. Some of my paintings make use of desolate settings that hark back to this region. I combine animals with humans in hybrid forms. They also become items of furniture, stretched out like couches or limos.

My painting style is naive realist and this helps me introduce humour, transforming and making unusual allusions. Thus, a tree stands uprooted on a table. It is comical but also indicates that the tree died so the table could live. Furniture is used as a prop to present absurd ideas, like a four poster bed so high only a giraffe could reach it while harlequins from the circus ride tall monocycles in darkened settings.

I also use text on banners so that language is transformed into a physical, poetic substance and pours out of mouths like ribbons. This convention was popular in the Renaissance. I have developed a lexicon of symbols that I use in different paintings: thus the egg, symbolizing the fragility of life or the cube which represents the constructed or manmade. Clocks express teleological urgency. Chequerboard of black and white squares take the place of landscape in many works, indicating human colonization of nature. The mechanical nature of human invention invades the natural order of things. The bar code represents a dehumanizing presence, as we become just numbers.

Marcelo Suaznabar
2012

 

Bio

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Was born in Bolivia, in 1970, in the mining city of Oruro, located in the mid-western part of the country. He is the youngest of six brothers, and is the son of Nestor Suaznabar and Ana Maria Solari. From an early age, he had a passion for drawing, motivated by his uncle Enrique Suaznabar, a professional photographer who lived in the same city. Focusing solely in drawings as the main motor of his creations, he showed a great interest in color form an early age and began exploring watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils. For a long time, he focused on painting insects, animals, houses and portraits on paper and cardboards. Marcelo developed a great amount of his work in his birthplace, the city of Oruro. Oruro posses a mystical energy in its surroundings and has a strong folkloric tradition; its carnival was declared by UNESCO as Oral and Intangible Patrimony of Humanity. The cultural richness of the city’s manifestations contributes to creators, granting the artist enough incentive to cultivate his work. In 1988, Marcelo traveled with his father and Marco, his brother, to the colonial city of Potosi, located south in the country, where they spent days visiting churches and museums, admiring the immense cultural richness expressed in the architecture and the ample collections of colonial paintings. The House of Coins and Convent of Saint Teresa were the incentives that led the artist to recreate sacred scenes, and with the artwork Coronation of the Virgin (1988), Marcelo began his series Sacred Art. During this period, Marcelo was invited to participate in a collective exhibit at the French Alliance and the Cultural House. Using the same series, he made an individual exhibit in Spain’s House, in the city of La Paz, where he received in 1991 an honorable mention for his work Judgment’s Cart in contest Spain 91. In 1992, Marcelo traveled to Chile. It was in Santiago where he attended and completed a four-month course at the Art School of the Extension Center at the Catholic University In 1993 he was selected for the exhibit Four Young Artists at the art gallery of the BHN Foundation in the city of La Paz. In 1999, he was invited to participate in the International Exhibit II Biennale of Visual Arts of the Mercosur in Porto Allegre, Brazil. The theme of ecological damage at global level motivated him to make a series of artworks dedicated to life and nature. The series titled Living Nature, Still Life was shown a year later at the National Art Museum in the city of La Paz.

Suaznábar has exhibited extensively in Latin America, Europe, Canada and the US with 25 solo exhibits and over 150 group shows

In December, 2001 He move to Canada and in this new stage he continues to progress forward using a surreal and symbolic language, an aesthetic language that covers all of the work. In the three series, Apocalyptic, Angels, Archangels and Magical Altiplano, Marcelo finds his own unique language. Marcelo’s sets his imagination free in his work, exploring and examining the elements of unconsciousness. This including, universal and common themes that preoccupy human beings: passing of time, death, nature, sexuality, beauty, temptations, fear, and world religions. These themes are evident in each of Marcelo’s paintings.

 

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Born in Oruro, Bolivia in September 1970. Self – Taught. He attended some painting classes at the School of Art, Center for Extramural Studies, at the Catholic University of Chile in 1992. In 2010 become a Canadian citizenship he live and work in Aurora – Ontario.

Selected One Man Shows

2012

  • Between Dreams. Strata Gallery. Elora – Canada.
  • Dreams and Temptations, Durham Art Gallery. Durham – Canada.
  • Altiplano Magico, Colleen Abbott Gallery, Aurora Public Library. Aurora – Canada.

2011

  • Recent Work INDEX G Gallery, Toronto – Canada.
  • Mensajes del Tiempo, Aurora Cultural Centre. Aurora – Canada.
  • Solo show of large pieces, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • 2010 Visions of the Apocalypse, Museum of Art Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara – Mexico.
  • Visions of the Apocalypse, Museum of Art of the Leon, Leon – Mexico.

2009

  • Recent Work, Nota Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Magical and Surreal Art, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • The Last Four Seasons. INDEXG Gallery. Toronto – Canada.

2008

  • Andean renaissance in the midst of the XXI Century. Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey. Monterrey – Mexico.
  • Magical Altiplano, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.

2007

  • An Andean renaissance man in the midst of the XXI Century, St Ambroise Art Gallery. Montreal – Canada.
  • Virgenes y Archangels, ArtDealers Gallery. Monterrey – México.

2006

  • Escenario de Recuerdos, ArtDealeres Gallery. Monterrey – Mexico.

2005

  • Recent Works, Esther Arias Art Gallery. Barcelona – Spain.

2004

  • Human Wilderness Kabat Wrobel Gallery, Toronto – Canada.

2003

  • Of The Serie Magic Altiplano, ArtDealers Gallery. Monterrey – Mexico.

2002

  • Exploration of Time and Sensuality, Prince Arthur Fine Art Gallery. Toronto – Canada.

2001

  • The Colors of the Soul. Nota Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.

2000

  • Live Nature, Dead Nature, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.

1998

  • Allegory to Life and Dead, Gildaro Antesana Gallery of Art. Cochabamba – Bolivia.

1997

  • Angels, Archangels and Temptations, Centre Cultural Las Condes Corporation. Santiago – Chile.

1996

  • Angels and Demons, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.

1994

  • Between the Sky and the Earth, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Center for Contemporary Art, Simon I Patiño. Cochabamba – Bolivia.
  • EMUSA Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Art Gallery of the School of Art. Oruro – Bolivia.

1991

  • Spain House, Institute of Ibero American Corporation. La Paz – Bolivia.

1990

  • Religious Art, Imagine Gallery. Oruro – Bolivia.

Selected Group Show

2013

  • The Artist Project Toronto. Better Living Centre. Exhibition Place. Toronto – Canada.
  • Art Wynwood. International Art Fair. Miami – USA.
  • Art Palm Beach , Palm Beach Convention Center. Palm Beach – USA

2012

  • National Society of Fine Arts, Carrousel Du Louvre, Canadian Delegation. Paris – France.
  • Small Works, GF Contemporary. Santa Fe – USA.
  • Aqua International Art Fair. Aqua Hotel. Miami – USA
  • Affordable Art Fair Seattle. Seattle Center exhibition Hall. Seattle – USA.
  • “Virgenes y Arcangeles” Club Alpino Chipinque. Monterrey – Mexico.
  • Art Toront, Toronto International Art Fair. Metro Toronto Convention Center. Toronto -Canada
  • Emerging Directors Art Fair Ultra, Spiral Garden. Osaka – Japan
  • AFF Affordable Art Fair New York. The Tunnel Chelsea. New York – USA.
  • “Itinerarios/Itineraries/Itinéraires” Celebración Cultural del Idioma Español / Cultural Celebration of the Spanish Language Glendon Gallery, Glendon College, York University. Toronto – Canada.
  • Danse Macabre, Strata Gallery. Elora – Canada.
  • Houston Fine Art Fair. Relian Center. Houston TX – USA.
  • Art San Diego. Contemporary At Fair Balboa Park Activity Center. San Diego – USA.
  • Art Santa Fe, International Art Fair. Santa Fe Convention Center. Santa Fe – USA.
  • W.I.L.D. Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming. The Bartlett Gallery. Alton – Canada.
  • Art Naples Contemporary Art Fair, Naples International Pavilion. Naples – USA
  • Directors Choice, Projects Gallery. Miami – USA
  • AAF Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles. Los Angeles – USA.
  • The Artist Project, Queen Elizabeth Building , Exhibition Place, Toronto, Toronto – Canada.
  • Out of the Back. Earls Court Gallery. Hamilton – Canada.
  • Los Colores de Latinoamarica The Sun Fest, The Art Projects Gallery. London – Canada.

2011

  • Art Toronto. Toronto International Art fair. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.
  • AAF Affordable Art Fair New York City. Spence Gallery. New York – USA.
  • Little Treasures Big Regards, Projects Gallery. Philadelphia – USA.
  • Art Naples, International Art Fair, Naples Florida – USA.
  • The Artist Project, Queen Elizabeth Building , Exhibition Place, Toronto, Toronto – Canada.
  • Miami International Art Fair, Miami Beach Convention Center. Miami Beach – USA.

2010

  • Red Dot, International Art Fair, Wynwood Art District. Miami – USA.
  • Last In Bezpala Brown Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • Transeuntes del Tiempo, con Jaime Jose, Club Alpino Chipinque, Galeria Artdealers. Monterrey – Mexico.
  • AAF The Fall Affordable Art Fair New York City. Spence Gallery. New York – USA.
  • Cosmos, Pickles and Crisp Aprons., Susan Kristjansson Gallery. Sarnia – Canada.
  • Vanguard, Earls Court Gallery. Hamilton – Canada.
  • Los Pintores, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • The Artist Project, Queen Elizabeth Building , Exhibition Place, Toronto, Toronto – Canada.
  • Colores de Latinoamerica 2010, “Sunfest” The Artist Project. London – Canada.

2009

  • Genesis 28.11.09 Chalk Farm Gallery. Santa Fe – USA
  • The Artist Project Toronto. The Liberty Grand. Toronto – Canada.
  • Salon 3, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts. Toronto – Canadá.
  • 2008 Dialogo, Nota Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Arwi, International Art Fair. San Juan – Puerto Rico.
  • Casa de Cultura of Reynosa, Reynosa – Mexico.
  • Cruz Roja Mexicana .Banamex Centre. Nuevo Leon, Monterrey – Mexico.
  • New Artist Group Show, Plan B Gallery. Washington DC – USA.
  • Space -Vision, Lurie Art Galleries. Miami – USA.
  • Good Edition series, Mystery Landscape INDEX G Gallery. Toronto – Canadá.

2007

  • XXX Anniversary show Cruz Roja Mexicana,
  • Banamex Centre. Nuevo Leon, Monterrey – Mexico.
  • Arte Nuevo, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • 10 Pieces by 10 Artist, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • Gallery Group Show, Plan B Gallery. Washington DC – USA.
  • Giant Steps, St – Ambroise Art Gallery. Montreal – Canada .

2006

  • Imagine other Ways Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canadá.
  • Artistes Latino – Americains D’ ici et d’ ailleurs. St – Ambroise Art Gallery. Montreal – Canada. in Collaboration with Martin Kletzel – Contemporary Art.
  • TIAFAIR Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.
  • Grand Opening, Jason Duval The Sussex Studio Gallery. Ottawa – Canada.
  • 10 Artist 10 works, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • Giants Steeps, St-Ambroise Art Gallery. Montreal-Canada.

2005

  • TIAFAIR Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.
  • Art Miami. International Art Fair, Miami Beach Convention Centre. Miami – USA
  • Lationaomerica 2005, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery. Toronto – Canadá.
  • Toronto Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.

2004

  • Little Treasures, Mittica Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • TIAFAIR Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto – Canada.
  • Das Kleine Format – Minimal Art, Hollfeld Museum. Hollfeld – Germany.
  • Alienation, juried art exhibition Arts Festival of Peace Salvador Allende, DeLeon White Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • Square Foot , AWOL Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Convention Center. Philadelphia – USA.
  • Bolivian Actuality Paintings. Hamburg – Germany.
  • D’un Ocean A L’Autre, Galerie D’Avignon Contemporary Fine Art. Montreal – Canada.
  • Recent Works, Kabat Wrobel Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
  • Toronto Art Expo Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.
  • Latinoamerica, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery. Toronto – Canadá.

2003

  • Sueños Fantasias y Realidades, Art Dealers Gallery. Monterrey – Mexico.
  • Small Works, Roberto Martin Contemporary Art Gallery. Buenos Aires – Argentina.
  • TIAFAIR Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.
  • III International Contest SIART 2003, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Arts Festival of Peace , Salvador Allende The Great Hall. Toronto – Canada.
  • 2002 Le Monde Surrealist of Marcelo Suaznabar and Tom Gray, Galerie d’Art Contemporains. Montreal. Quebec – Canada.
  • Bolivia One Selection , Museo del Barro. Asuncion – Paraguay.
  • Le Cri Muet, The Mansion of the Culture. Montreal – Canada.
  • 10 World Artists Show, Gallery Virtual. Noosa Gallery. Sidney – Australia

2001

  • Contemporary Bolivian Art, Dresden Bank. Hamburg – Germany.
  • Bolivia One Selection, National Museum of Art. Santiago – Chile.
  • Object Art, Nota Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Second International Contest of Art, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Art Miami, Miami International Art Fair, Convention Center. Miami – USA.
  • Contemporary Art, Taipinquiri Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Young Artist Agreement Andres Bello, Sofia Imber Museum. Caracas – Venezuela.
  • Objet Art, Nota Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Bolivia One Selection. Center of Contemporary Art. Simon I. Patiño, Cochabamba – Bolivia.
  • Secound National Contest, Cecilio Guzman de Rojas. House of Culture. Potosi – Bolivia.
  • Les Ameriques du Sur au Nord, Center of Art Baie Saint Paul. Quebec – Canada.
  • Action Contemporary Latin American Graphics, Museum of Latin American Art. Long Beach. California – EEUU.
  • Le Cri Muet, Center of Art. Baie Saint Paul. Quebec – Canada.
  • The Small Works, DP Fong Galleries. San Jose California – USA.

2000

  • The Portrait, DP Fong Galleries. San Jose California – USA.
  • Young Artists Agreement, Andres Bello. Bogota – Colombia and National Museum of Art La Paz – Bolivia.
  • Art Young, International Art Fair. Buenos Aires – Argentina.
  • Bolivian Contemporary Art, Asunción – Paraguay.
  • EncontrArte, Latin – American House. Milan – Italy.

1999

  • II Mercosur Art Biennial, Porto Alegre – Brazil.
  • First International Contest of Art SIART 99, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • ItinerArt.Itinerant Art Show, La Paz – Cochabamba – Sucre – Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
  • 1998 Identities. Emergent Young Artist from South America and Caribbean. International Development Bank. Passage de Retz. Paris – France.
  • Bolivian And Chilean Artists, Culture House. Arica – Chile.

1997

  • XI Culture House Art Biennial, Raul Otero Raiche. Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
  • III Drawing Contest BHN Foundation, Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.

1996

  • Three Artist, Moscosso Gallery. Washington DC – EEUU.
  • Bolivian Cultural weekend in Peru, National of Art Museum. Lima – Peru.

1995

  • The Nude, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • XIII International Young Artist Symposium, Center of Art. Baie Saint Paul. Quebec – Canada.
  • Contemporary Arcángel from Bolivia, Arte Unico Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
  • 1994 Bolivia New Art., Mapocho Cultural Center. Santiago – Chile.
  • Six Artist from Oruro, Taipinquiri Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.

1993

  • Four Young Artist, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.

1992

  • Las Condes Cultural Corporation. Santiago – Chile.
  • Center for Extramural Studies, University Catholic of Chile. Santiago – Chile.

1990

  • House of Culture. Oruro – Bolivia.

1988

  • House of Culture. Oruro – Bolivia, Imagine Gallery. Oruro – Bolivia.

Awards and Distinctions

2011
3rd Price Lemon Competition, The Artist Project Toronto. Toronto – Canada.
Ontario Arts Council. Exhibition assistance. Ontario – Canada.

  • 2010

2nd Price Queen Competition, The Artist Project Toronto. Toronto – Canada.

2009

  • Ontario Arts Council. Exhibition assistance. Ontario – Canada.

2008
Ontario Arts. Council. Visual Artist Mid-Career Grand. Ontario – Canada.

2002

  • Best in Drawing Art FOCUS, Toronto Metro Hall, Toronto – Canada.

1999

  • Especial mention given by the National Museum of Art in the International contest SIART 99. La Paz – Bolivia.

1996

  • Distinction given by Mesa Redonda Pan-American. Oruro – Bolivia.
  • First Medal Artist. given by DIDEJU. Oruro – Bolivia
  • Honorary Diploma, given by Center for Extramural Studies, Catholic University.
  • Santiago – Chile.
  • Chamber of Commerce of Oruro – Bolivia.
  • Honorary Diploma, given by Government. La Paz – Bolivia.

Collections

  • National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia
  • Center of Art Baie Saint Paul. Quebec – Canada .
  • Ralli Contemporary Museum of Art. Punta del Este – Uruguay.
  • Ralli Contemporary Museum of Art. Santiago – Chile.
  • Simon I Patiño Center of Contemporary Art. Cochabamba – Bolivia.
  • Sayego & Pardon Collection. Miami-USA.
  • And private collections in Bolivia, Canada, Chile, United States, Spain, France, Poland, Argentine, Germany, Korea, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico y Venezuela.

 

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