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(1920 – 2013), Argentina

León Ferrari Biography

León Ferrari is one of the most renowned Latin American artists worldwide, acclaimed at the 2007 Venice Biennale, for which he received the Golden Lion Award in recognition of his artistic oeuvre that, until the end of his life, motivated him to challenge the world we live in.

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In his artistic practice, he makes use of different languages, such as sculpture, drawing, writing, collage, assemblage, installation and video. This heterogeneous set of practices integrates themes that reveal both his researcher and activist character as the aesthetic investigation of language, the questioning of the Western world, power and normatization that dictates the values of Religion, Art, Justice and the State, the reverence for women and eroticism, and the depiction of violence. The repetition, the irony, and the literality are also resources of his poetics, recognized since his early works.

In the 1960s, the drawings and sculptures of Ferrari are permeated, in particular, by the ethical questioning of religion and the denunciation against Imperialism. In 1976, a military coup forced the artist and his family to leave Buenos Aires, moving to São Paulo, where they remained until the 1990s. During his stay in Brazil, Ferrari joined the local experimental circuit, involving with the process of language revitalization through the production of heliographies, photocopies, musical instruments, concerts and mail art. Upon returning to Argentina, the artist continued to produce politically engaged artworks, questioning the disappearances that occurred during the Military Dictatorship.

León Ferrari was born in 1920 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived until his death in 2013. His works were exhibited at major international exhibitions, such as: The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, USA, 2018, and Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles, USA, 2017–2018; La donación Ferrari, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014; León Ferrari - Brailles y Relecturas de la Biblia, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012; Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA, 2009; León Ferrari: Poéticas e Políticas, Pinacoteca do Estado do São Paulo, Brazil, 2006; León Ferrari: retrospectiva. Obras 1954–2004, Centro Cultural Recoleta (CCR), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004; and Politiscripts, The Drawing Center (TDC), New York, USA, 2004. He participated in Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense at the 52nd Venice Biennale (Italian Pavilion and Arsenal), in 2007, receiving the Golden Lion Award. His works are present in important institutional collections, such as: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, USA; Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), Chicago, USA; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Argentina; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ), Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), Houston, USA; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; among others.

León Ferrari Featured Artworks

Untitled by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariUntitled, 2005Guta paint on canvas
140 x 180 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Untitled by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariUntitled, 1983Oil stick and pastel on hardboard
50 x 50 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Torturas by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariTorturas, 2000Box - mixed media
29.5 x 21.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Hell by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariHell, 2004Collage with object
83 x 47 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
From the series infiernos by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariFrom the series infiernos, 2006Collage box
58.9 x 43.9 x 21.3 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
El infierno segùn San Alfonso by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariEl infierno segùn San Alfonso, 2006Wooden box with glass painted with glitter
144 x 84 x 10 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Untitled by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariUntitled, 2008Wire
58 x 35 x 35 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Pigeons and cockroaches by León Ferrari contemporary artwork
León FerrariPigeons and cockroaches, 2003Hanging sculpture
80 x 60 x 57 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery

León Ferrari Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, León Ferrari, em são paulo at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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4 June–2 July 2020 León Ferrari em são paulo Galeria Nara RoeslerSão Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, León Ferrari, For a World with No Hell at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
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27 April–16 June 2018 León Ferrari For a World with No Hell Galeria Nara RoeslerNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, León Ferrari, For a World with No Hell at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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10 April–30 May 2018 León Ferrari For a World with No Hell Galeria Nara RoeslerSão Paulo

León Ferrari Represented By

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

León Ferrari In Related Press

León Ferrari, Provocative Argentine Conceptual Artist, Dies at 92 Related Press León Ferrari, Provocative Argentine Conceptual Artist, Dies at 92 31 July 2013, The New York Times

Mr. Ferrari began his artistic career as a ceramicist, then became an abstract artist. As his political and moral beliefs strengthened, he said, he grew passionate about using his talent to challenge what he considered illegitimate authority. Perhaps his most famous piece, Western Civilization and Christianity, depicted a nearly life-size Christ...

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