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MARTA CHILINDRON (b. 1951, Argentina)

"I am looking for the engine of life; what keeps everything together and functioning. I use movement because it implies instability and illustrates the continuous change of our uncertain realities."

Raised in Montevideo, Marta Chilindron relocated to New York in 1969, where she attended the State University of New York in Old Westbury. While studying for her BFA, she spent two summers in the Camnitzer-Porter Studio in Valdottavo, Italy, in 1977 and 1978, studying printmaking. The dedicated focus on her studio practice during these summers abroad was foundational for Chilindron, and inspired her to pursue a life in the arts.

In her early paintings, Chilindron looked to familiar settings and recreated them in paintings, but with dramatic changes in perspective. Her use of extreme foreshortening alluded to the artist herself, as if the viewer could see from the artist's line of vision. Chilindron calls these works "self-portraits," although she never painted her face. Instead, the paintings include the artist's hands or a foot, as she appears to move through the scene. In 1980, Chilindron took this approach to wood sculptures, in which she used the skewed perspective to construct basic furniture. These objects call attention to the relationship between the human body and its surrounding environment, a concern that Chilindron continues to explore in her work to date.

In the early 1990s, Chilindron studied drawing with Julio Alpuy, an Uruguayan artist trained by Joaquín Torres-García. Combined with the technical and conceptual training she received in Italy, her studies with Alpuy provided her with a strong foundation in geometry and abstraction, from the perspective of the School of South. "This brought me back to a more concrete world," she observes, "exploring abstraction, but with geometry in it."

Throughout the 1990s, Chilindron collaborated with conceptual artist Eduardo Costa to create a series of public interventions. In 1992, she and Costa created "Touched by Light," in which they projected an image of a hand on the facades of Manhattan buildings from a moving truck. The duo also created projects in Brazil and Chile. By the late 1990s, Chilindron had begun making collapsible sculptures, using hinges to allow the objects to be moved and changed. In 1999, she created a site-specific installation for El Museo del Barrio in New York. Titled Cinema Kinesis, the resulting project moved between being a flat plane on the ground to being a three-dimensional structure that consisted of three rows of movie theater seats and a screen.

In 2000, Chilindron received a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and began working with transparent materials. Her work has expanded to include the exploration of layered colors and moveable geometric forms. "I like to see all the sides of the work without walking around," she says. "You can stay still and walk with your mind around the works."

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2019   Houston Mobius, inaugural installation of the Public Art of the University of Houston System’s (PAUHS) new Temporary Public Art Program,  University of Houston, Houston, TX

Geometry at Play. Sculpture by Marta Chilindron, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., New York, NY

Diálogos, Curated by Susanna V. Temkin (Curator, El Museo del Barrio), Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., Frieze New York, New York, NY

2018  Marta Chilindron: GEO, Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse University, NY

2015   Temporal Systems, Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

2014   EXPAND//FOLD//COLLAPSE//Sculptures by Marta Chilindron, The Great Hall Exhibitions, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY

Encounters, featuring Cube 48 Orange, Art Basel (sector 6), Hong Kong

2013    Marta Chilindron, Integral Geometries,  Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA

2006   Sculpture in Four Dimensions, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY, Old Westbury, NY

2001   Sculptures, Dot Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland

1999   Marta Chilindron, Cinema Kinesis, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

1994   Talking Paintings & Dreams, IBEU Copacabana & IBEU Madureira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (with Eduardo Costa)

1993   Mag Sculptures, Gallery B, Fairfield University, CT

Touched by Light, (A Street Work), New York, NY, USA (with Eduardo Costa)

1991   Living Sculptures, (series of 4), with Eduardo Costa, New York, NY

1987   Outdoor Installation, CUNY, QCC, Bayside, New York, NY

1986   Permanent Installation, York College, CUNY, New York, NY 

Selected Public Collections

Banco do Spiritu Santo, Portugal

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

City University of New York, QCC Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA

City University of New York, York College, New York, NY, USA

Dot Galerie Collection, Geneva, Switzerland

Fonds d’art contemporain de la ville de Genève, Switzerland

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA

New York IBEU Cultural Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sayago & Pardon Collection, Los Angeles, CA, USA