unsettled primaries

Ricardo Alcaide (VZLA/BR)

Ricardo Alcaide's recent exhibitions include: Settlements, Baro galeria, São Paulo; The Language Of Human Consciousness, Athr gallery, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia; Donde Hay Protesta Hay Negocio, Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan de Puerto Rico (2014); Solo Project, Curated by Jose Roca. Pinta NY Art Fair, New York; Incidental Geometry, Project Room - Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York; Visão Do Paraiso: Pensamento Selvagem, curated by Julieta Gonzalez and Pablo Leon de la Barra, Rio de Janeiro; From Disruption To Abstraction, New Art Projects Gallery, London (2013); Prototipo Vernacular, Oficina #1, Caracas, Venezuela; Optimismo Radical, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2012). His work is included at the platform Abstraction In Action, (2013), curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill for Sayago & Pardon Latin American Art Collection. His work is part of many collections, including Sayago & Pardon, Los Angeles, CA. LIMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Zabludowicz Collection. London, Colección Fundación Cisneros, Caracas, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Caracas.

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Emilia Azcárate (VZLA/ESP)

Emilia Azcárate studied at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. She has worked and exhibited her work in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Spain. She has participated in several international events such as the Sao Paulo, Havana and Prague Biennials. Some of her solo exhibits include: Museo Alejandro Otero in Caracas (2000), Casa de America in Madrid (2004) and Periférico de Caracas (2008), Distrito 4 Gallery (2011), Henrique Faria Fine Arts, New York. She currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

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Juan Pablo Garza (VZLA)

Juan Pablo Garza studied photography at the School July Vengoechea with photographers Alvaro Silva and Alejandro Vasquez (1998-1999) and at Miami Dade College with the artist Teresa Dihel (2002-2004). He taught photography at Strobo School of Photography (2009-2012) and is founder and co-director of the Contemporary Art Space Al Borde (2010-2013) in Maracaibo, which in 2012 won a grant from the Fundación Cisneros/CPPC within its program to support cultural organizations. His work has been exhibited in many countries including Venezuela, Colombia, Canada, United States, Spain and Holland. His solo show Reforma del Ahora (Al Borde. Maracaibo, 2012), was published in Artforum as one of the best exhibitions of the year. Among the awards he has received include the first prize in Salon SuperCable Jovenes con FIA (Centro Cultural Corp Banca. Caracas, 2010), First Prize in the 6to Salon Regional de Jovenes Artistas (Museum de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia MACZUL. Maracaibo, 2010). He was selected to participate in the residency program Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, with a grant from the Fundación Cisneros/CPPC.

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Jaime Gili (VZLA/UK)

Jaime Gili's work has been contextualized as continuing a tradition of Latin American abstract art, especially the Venezuelan optical artists from the 20th Century. Critics have described his work as “a mix of Pop, Minimalism, Vorticism, Futurism and graffiti Art” and as “an explosion on a Cruz Diez”. Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art (London) in 1998, after studying in Caracas and Barcelona, and has exhibited widely since then: in the UK, USA, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. He won the international contest for one of the world's largest public art projects, 25,000 square meters on 16 large industrial storage tanks in South Portland, Maine, which will be completed soon. Since winning this, he has been invited to several projects for art integrated in the architecture including Bloomberg Space in London, Tynemouth Train Station near Newcastle, Barrio José Félix Ribas in Petare, Caracas, and 5 Cheapside, in the city of London.

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Dulce Gómez (VZLA)

Dulce Gómez studied at Cristóbal Rojas School of Visual Arts, the Experimental University of the Arts and the Universidad Central Venezuela. Her work is in major collections and has been shown in exhibitions in both Latin America and the United States.

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Esperanza Mayobre (VZLA/USA)

Esperanza Mayobre is an artist whose work ranges from elegant graffiti that portrays urban chaos to dust that converts illegal to legal aliens. Born in 1974 during the Venezuelan oil boom, Mayobre was raised between Caracas and Golindano. She holds a degree in cabinetmaking from the IACT in Caricuao and a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Museum School in Boston. Her upcoming projects include a residency at the Lower East Side Printshop, a Jerome Foundation travel grant for a Brancusi pilgrimage in Romania, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for investigating the collection of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

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Ana Maria Mazzei (VZLA)

Ana Maria Mazzei studied at the Accademia Albertina (Italy), the Escuela de arte Cristobal Rojas, (Caracas) and the Centro de Artes Graficas (Caracas). She represented Venezuela at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1994. Winner of the National Prize Arturo Michelena in 1992. Highlights of her solo exhibitions: "Obras recientes" at the Galería de Arte Nacional; "Instalación" at the Miami Art Museum (1997). She has also exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas and in 2011, Mazzei was selected to represent Venezuela at the Venice Biennial in Italy.

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Teresa Mulet (VZLA)

Teresa Mulet studied Design and Visual Communication at the Instituto de Diseño Neuman and Prodiseño Caracas. She also studied philosophy at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and with master AG Fronzoni in Milano. Her work has been exhibited in venues including the Museo de la Estampa y el Diseño Carlos Cruz-Diez, Caracas; the Periférico Caracas Arte Contemporáneo; the Sala Mendoza, Caracas; the Triennale di Milano; Salone Satellite Milano; the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño Madrid-Sao Paulo, International Biennial of Contemporary Art at the ULA, Mérida; the First Visual Arts Biennial of Mercosur, Sao Paulo First_art Foundation, Puerto Rico; Anexo Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, ONG Organización Nelson Garrido and Sala Fundación Mercantil Caracas. She is currently developing projects focusing on the word itself and typography as conceptual and visual base, applied to the areas of communication, design, art and architecture.

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Susana Reisman (VZLA/CAN)

Susana Reisman received a BA from Wellesley College (Boston) and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). After teaching photography for a number of years, Susana moved to Toronto, where she now dedicates her time to making art and to running Circuit Gallery, a gallery specializing in photo-based work. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Standardizing Nature: Trees, Wood, Lumber (G44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto), Selective Affinities (Peak Gallery, Toronto), Photodimensional (MoCP, Chicago), and A Sense of Departure (Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY).

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Luis Romero (VZLA)

Luis Romero studied at the Institute VDL in Caracas. He has curated many contemporary exhibitions and has exhibited his own work internationally. He is represented in major collections of contemporary art. Recently, his work has been included in exhibits at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Aguascalientes, Mexico (2013), the 8th Mercosur Biennial (2011) and the Poligrafica Triennial in Puerto Rico (2009). He runs and is the co-founder, with Suwon Lee, of the alternative contemporary art space Oficina #1.

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Fabian Salazar (VZLA)

Fabian Salazar obtained his degree in Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Zulia and is currently completing his studies at the Experimental Faculty of Arts at the same university. In 2012 he had his first solo exhibition "Simulations of Heritage" at the independent space Alborde, and in 2013 "Domestic Revisions" at Oficina # 1. He has been invited to participate in several group exhibitions in Maracaibo, Caracas and Bogota.

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Mariángeles Soto-Díaz (VZLA/USA)

Mariángeles Soto-Díaz has a BA from Hampshire College, where she studied with conceptual artist David Diao among others. She received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University, where she studied painting with hard-edge abstractionist Karl Benjamin, and an MA from the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in the newly formed Aesthetics and Politics program. She lives in Southern CA where she teaches and works in solo and collective approaches to abstraction.

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