V.G. was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He’s a painter, illustrator and sculptor. He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes “Prilidiano Pueyrredón” for a while, and was part of the artists represented for many years by Belleza y Felicidad gallery. He has done individual and collective exhibitions both in Buenos Aires (MALBA, Belleza y Felicidad, Centro Cultural Borges, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medndoza, Estudio Abierto, Boquitas Pintadas, El Ruso, etc.) as abroad (53th. Montrouge art salon, Paris, Fernelmont, Belgium, Miart, Milan, VVV Gallery, Madrid, Argentine Consulate, New York City, USA). Currently, he lives between Paris and Buenos Aires, where he is represented by Braga Menéndez art gallery.
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.
The work I choose is called '67 kilos de carbón de quebracho rojo y blanco' (67 kilos of red and white quebracho chaircoal) It takes part of a sculpture, “L'homme miroir”. It’s a statue of a woman, made out of wood, coal and polished pitch, a fusion of techniques: dry and wet, what’s carved or what’s discarded stimulates my impulsion, whereas the liquid pitch assuages my acts, and then there’s the polishing, all within a state of pure cogitation and clarity on such issues…
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
I don’t know
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 recognize what I do as classic-international; and identify myself with Picasso because of the frenzy of his production, I generally think of history in visual terms, referring to its temporal affinities; the same, buth to a different extent, can be said about the bond that ties me to all people doing art and live in this, our time.
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
Going to Belleza y Felicidad always caused a certain clash in me, in a good way. Exhibitions by Miguel Harte and Alfredo Prior at the MNBA, the fashion and art shows by Sergio de Loof, Rugendas and the Aleijadinho also at the MNBA, Lucio Fontana and the Brazilian madhouse at Fundación Proa, and the openings and parties, or everything related to art made for artists.