Biography

HUGO DE MARZIANI (b. 1941, Argentina)

Born in Ciudad de La Plata, Argentina, Hugo De Marziani studied drawing and printmaking at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata from 1956 to 1958. While there, he carefully collected avant-garde art publications, such as Arte Nuevo and Nueva Visión, and he meticulously studied reproductions of works by artists Piero Della Francesca, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Wassily Kandinsky, El Lissitsky and Kazimir Malevich, among others. He took classes with Adolfo de Ferrari, where he learned the basics of Cubism, and he was in dialogue with the important Concrete artists in Buenos Aires during the 1950s. His early work looks to the optical effects of movement through his use of color and geometric forms. By repeating a basic form, and using black and white, he developed images that seem to be in flux. In his early works, De Marziani was especially interested in the color blue, which he believed could function as both space and form at the same time. In his use of color, De Marziani looked to the color theories of Joseph Albers and his seminal text The Interaction of Color, to research the interactions of different colors.

In the mid-1970s, De Marziani traveled in France and Italy. From 1975-76, he lived in Milan, after receiving the Francesco Romero painting award from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes and the Italian government. During this period, he began making abstract paintings with landscape themes. Art critic Marta Traba includes him in a generation of artists interested in a new kind of realism. She writes, “In opposition to the excesses, ironies, criticisms, and disfigurations of fantastic realism we find synthetic realism, which emphasized economy of means and fusions of forms, rather than dissolutive irreality. In the landscapes of a number of artists active in the years between 1950 and 1970 there is a visible intent not only to describe a given space but also to provide an element of lyric surprise.”

In 1984, De Marziani received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he moved to New York in 1985. While there, he studied the drawings of Georges Seurat. In the late 1990s, he taught drawing and painting classes in the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Cárcova in Buenos Aires. Since the early 2000s, De Marziani has been returning to early abstractions. His newest body of work incorporates volume through the superposition of planes and textures.

Hugo De Marziani currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Quote

“For me, art has to do with science. I investigate like a scientist. Neither beauty nor narrative are important to me. I look for form and I see how, along with line and color, I can place them in space...”

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012

Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2006

Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004

Hugo De Marziani: Antología 30 Años, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2003

Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Galería Niko Gulland, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2000

Galería Rubbers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1999

Homenaje a Jorge Luis Borges: Dibujos sobre tela, Galería Rubbers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1998

Hugo De Marziani en el MNBA, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1997

Galería Niko Gulland, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1996

Galería Rubbers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1994

Galería Rubbers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1993

Galería Niko Gulland, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1991

Galería Clásica y Moderna, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1990

Vermeer Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1989

Galería Hoy en el Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1988

Galería Niko Gulland, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Vermeer Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1987

Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de La Plata, Argentina

1986

Vermeer Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1984

Vermeer Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1983

Abril Cultural Salteño, Fundación Banco del Noroeste, Salta, Argentina

 

Vermeer Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Paisajes 10 Años 1973/1983, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina

1982

Encuentros entre un pintor y su memoria, Fundación Unión Carbide, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1981

Galería de Arte 9 de Lima, Peru

 

Vermeer Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1980

Galería Nelly Tomas, La Plata, Argentina

1979

Galería Áurea, Rosario, Argentina 

1978

Galería ELE, Cordoba, Argentina

 

Arte Nuevo Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Galería del Mar, Mar del Plata, Argentina

1977

Galería Víctor Najmías, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Galería Scheinsohn, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Galería Birger, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1976

Galería Artemúltiple, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Galería Birger, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1975

Arte Nuevo Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1974

Galería LAASA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1973

Galería Carmen Waugh, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Galería LAASA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1972

Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1969

Galería Austral, La Plata, Argentina

1968

Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1967

Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1966

Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Selected Public Collections

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA     

Centro Cultural de Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina

Colección Chateau CAC, Córdoba, Argentina

Colección Embajada de Italia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Fundación Delmar, La Plata, Argentina

Colección Fundación Konex, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Marcos Curi, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Pablo Birger, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección S.A. ALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Duncan Collection, New York, NY, USA

Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Galería del Libertador, San Lorenzo, Santa Fe. Argentina

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Cancillería Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires (MACBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Conteporáneo Latinoamericano (MACLA), La Plata, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Fundación Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Córdoba, Argentina

Museo Municipal de Arte (MUMART), La Plata, Argentina

Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de La Plata, Argentina

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Dr. Genaro Pérez de Córdoba, Argentina

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio A. Caraffa, Córdoba, Argentina

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes René Brusau, Chaco, Argentina

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez de Santa Fe, Argentina

Museo Provincial de San Luis, Argentina

National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India

Palais de Glace, Salas Nacionales de Exposiciones de Buenos Aires, Argentina