Biography

ABRAHAM PALATNIK  (b. 1928, Brazil)

A pioneer of kinetic art in Brazil, Abraham Palatnik’s investigations into technology, mobility, and light led to a groundbreaking understanding of visual phenomena. In 1932, Palatnik moved to Tel Aviv where he studied painting, drawing, and art history at the Municipal Art Institute.  It was during this time that he took a specialized course in Internal Combustion Engines at the Montefiore School.

In 1947, Palatnik returned to Rio de Janeiro.  During this time he began to visit the Dom Pedro II Psychiatric Hospital, coordinated by Dr. Nise da Silveira.  Upon seeing the artworks by schizophrenic patients who presented an exceptional production, even without previous art training, Palatnik recognized his art impotent and decided to move in a new direction.  He therefore gave up his work with brushes and started to engage in a freer relation between form and color. His research resulted in the creation of his first Kinechromatic Device, a motorized light sculpture that cast a play of light and shadow into space.

Palatnik’s Kinechromatic Device, Objeto Cinecromático: Azul e Roxo em Primeiro, was awarded honorable mention at the 1st São Paulo Bienal in 1951. Since 1951, Abraham Palatnik has participated in eight editions of the São Paulo Biennale.  In  1964, he participated in the 32 Venice Biennale.  In the 1950s, in addition to making kinetic objects, mobiles, and drawings, Palatnik shifted his focus to creating cardboard and wood compositions. 

His practice which spans over sixty years questions time, movement, and the relationship between man and nature.  For Palatnik, the artist’s role is to discipline the perception of chaos. His most recent exhibitions include “A Reinvenção da Pintura” (The Reinvention of Painting, 2015), at the Museu Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre, a survey of sixty-five years of work. Previous iterations were shown in Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba (2014), Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo - MAM-SP, (2014), and the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo (2013). 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 

En el ejercicio de las cosas, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

 

Abraham Palatnik: Progression - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

 

Abraham Palatnik - ver, mover - Galeria Nara Roesler - Sao Paulo, São Paulo

2016


Abraham Palatnik, Galeria Nara Roesler New York, USA 

2015


Abraham Palatnik, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil


 

Abraham Palatnik: A reinvenção da pintura, Museu Ibere Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil

2014


Abraham Palatnik: A reinvenção da pintura, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil 

 

Abraham Palatnik: A reinvenção da pintura, MAM-SP, São Paulo, Brazil


 

Diálogos com Palatnik, MAM-SP, São Paulo, Brazil 

2013


Abraham Palatnik: pintura em movimento, Galeria Anita Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


 

Abraham Palatnik: a reinvenção da pintura, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília, Brazil

2012


Palatnik, une discipline du chaos, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France Abraham Palatnik, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil 

2009


Ocupação Abraham Palatnik, Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil Histórias e estórias da cor, Galeria Anita Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

2008


Ordenando as nuvens, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil 

2004

Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil 

2002


Pioneer Palatnik – Painting Machines and Decelerating Machines, Instituto Cultural Itaú, São Paulo, Brazil 

2000  

Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil 

1998


Retrospectiva 1942, Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil 

1965


Howard Wise Gallery, New York, USA
Hella Nebelung Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany 

1964


Hochschule Museum, Saint Gallen, Switzerland Studio F Gallery, Ulm, Germany 

Selected Public Collections

Adolpho Leirner Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA


Colección Enersis, Santiago, Chile
Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil


Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil 

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Brasília, Brazil 

Museu de arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Niterói, Brazil


Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil 

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA 

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium William Keiser Museum, Krefeld, Germany