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[1936, Argentina]

“The incomplete is a constant of my work, because I think that we are all fragments of a whole: at the same time, we are part of a past and of a future.”

Marie Orensanz began her artistic career studying painting with two of the foundational artists of Argentine Modernism: Emilio Pettoruti and Antonio Seguí. An active member of the art scene in Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s, she participated in the exhibitions and cultural activities organized by the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, and she was involved with the Centro de Arte y Comunicación. In 1972, she moved to Milan. The proximity to Carrara and its marble quarries sparked her early production in stone. She has continued to work with fragments of marble, making them into books and sculptures, since the 1970s. Christina M. Harrison writes, “Orensanz uses material and symbolic fragments—of marble, of line, of signs—to represent thoughts. … An interpretation of the work, in Orensanz’s conception, depends on the intersection of the fragments with the viewer’s own thoughts and experiences.”

In 1975, Orensanz moved to Paris, eventually becoming a naturalized French citizen. Three years later, she wrote a “Manifesto of Fragmentism,” in which she outlined the conceptual basis of her works, many of which are deeply informed by the practice of drawing. Written in Spanish, English, and French, the Manifesto reads: “Fragmentism searches for integration of a part with a totality; transforms by multiple readings in an object non-terminate and unlimited, traversing time and space.”

Since the mid-1980s, Orensanz has completed several public works, including installations at Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, the Lycée Blanc-Mesnil in Paris, the Universidad San Martín in Buenos Aires, and the Musée National des Sciences, des Techniques et des Industries in Paris.

Selected Solo Exhibitions



Fragmentism: Drawing on Marble, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA


Arco España, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL, USA



ArteBA, Buenos Aires, Galeria Alejandra von Hartz Miami "solo show" - cabinet


…a path to share… - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Marie Orensanz: 40 ans de réflexion, School Gallery, Paris, France



Marie Orensanz: Works from the ‘70s, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL, USA


In volution, School Gallery, Paris, France, Galeria Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina


La Indiferencia, Centro Cultural Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Dispersion, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Déflagration, School Gallery, Paris, France



Marie Orensanz. Tout qui se voit et tout ce qui est caché, Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France



Marie Orensanz. Pour qui ?… les honneurs…, School Gallery, Paris, France


Marie Orensanz. Museo Caraffa, Cordoba, Argentina


Marie Orensanz. Fragmentismo, Galerie Argentine, Paris, France



Marie Orensanz. … hablamos…, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Rosario, Argentina


Marie Orensanz – 1963-2007, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Marie Orensanz. Distintas formas… y un mismo pensamiento, Complejo Cultural Santa Cruz, Río Gallegos, Argentina



Marie Orensanz. Variaciones sobre un mismo tema, Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan B. Castagnino, Rosario, Argentina


Marie Orensanz. Esperando una nueva primavera, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Marie Orensanz. Para quién?… suenan las campanas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Marie Orensanz. Las Hojas de la Vida. Las Venas de la Tierra, Galería Diners, Bogotá, Colombia


A través del tiempo todo cambia, nada cambia, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Camino de artista, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Marie Orensanz. Las hojas de la vida, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Selected Public Collections

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

Bremen Museum, Germany

Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Centro de Documentación de Arte Actual, Barcelona, Spain

Centro de Multimedia Internacional, São Paulo, Brazil

Centrum für Kunst, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Colección Banco Velox, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Cancillería Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fondation Camille, Paris, France

Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fondo Nacional de las Artes,  Buenos Aires, Argentina

Maison du Livre de l'image et du son, Ville de Villeurbanne, France

M2A2 Musée Martiniquais des Arts des Amériques, Le Lamentin, Martinique

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano Contemporáneo de Managua, Nicaragua

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO), Rosario, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Marcos Curi, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina