FEDERICO VILLARINO

born 1978 in Buenos Aires

Education
studied painting at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón (actually UNA)
workshop with Esteban Alvarez 2009
workshop with Fabián Burgos 2006-2007

Solo exhibitions

2015
“Las Fuerzas Extrañas”, Fundación El Mirador
2010
“Hasta que el sol desaparezca”, Galería Jardín Oculto
2009
“Estrella Triángulo”, Galería Jardín Oculto
2008
“Medianoche”, El Aleph Arte Contemporáneo
2006
“Pampas”, Espacio Cyrano

Group exhibitions

2017
"Todos para uno y uno para todos", Fundación El Mirador
"Punto ciego", Fauna
"ARTFORHUM?", Fundación El Mirador
"Lago_Piedras", Espacio Lago, Madrid, España
2016
"Colección Infinita", Cordillera-Estudio Raneo-Galería Proceso, Cuenca, Ecuador
ArtLounge + MB Home Gallery
"#AbstractoFigurativo", Ungallery
"Rutas de Escape: Nuevas cartografías", Fundación El Mirador
2015
"Piedras Palace Edition III" Giarcovich/J M Alvarez/Coccoz/L Gonzalez/Villarino
Galería Piedras
"Double Check", BOS Berlin Open Studio, Berlin, Alemania
"GEOMETRIAS", Espacio Cabrera
"Double exposure"Heredia/Giarcovich/Villarino
BOS Berlin Open Studio, Berlin, Alemania
"Cruzar la línea", Tschopp/Ferrante/Elian/Paganini/Villarino
Fundación ICBC
2014
“Un bosque, un cielo y algunas presencias extraordinarias” PabloSuárez/DeMonte/Cavalcante/Villarino
Centro Cultural San Martin
“LSD Luminiscencia Sobrenatural Dominante” Villarino/Mur/Amor/Loubet
El Mirador
“El cuadro roto” Villarino/Florido/Mur/Martinovich
Centro Cultural Recoleta
"Piedras"
Galería Piedras
"SANCTA SANCTORUM" Cristofano/F.Vico/Cavalcante/Mascaro/Villarino
Centro Cultural Parque España, Rosario
2013
Group exhibition at Oasis Clubhouse - Paper Scissors Rock - Buenos Aires/Argentina
2011
"Mostro", La Fabrica de Peru
"Barro del Paraíso", Fundación OSDE
Nueva Subasta de Arte Contemporáneo, Galería Azur
Galería en ruinas, de Josefina Carón, Salta
Anniversary exhibition at Rayo Lazer
2010
"Mapa para perderse", Espacio Uva Mystic
"El diorama del mundo", Chez Vautier gallery
Jardín Oculto at Ivan Rosado, Rosario/Argentina
2009
"Talismán se busca II", Ruth Benzacar
"Problemas inauditos", Jardín Oculto
"Proyecto circular", Palais de Glace
2008
Opening Jardín Oculto
"Me río de la Plata", Marte Upmarket, Montevideo, Uruguay
";)", VVVGallery
"Jovenes Pintores", Galería Isidro Miranda
2006
"Colgada", Belleza y Felicidad
Palermofest (Casa Joven)
2005
Semana Brukman
2004
"Geometría", XvosBsAs
2003
"Bush Causa Belli", Centro Cultural de la Cooperación
"Reconquista", Casa de Chino Soria
"Pampas del sur", Facultad de Derecho
2002
"Arte Sorpresa", P. Rosales/N. Vecino/Villarino
Centro Cultural de la Cooperación
2000
Salón de otoño Museo Nacional de la Plata (SAAP)

Art Fairs
ArteBA Focus, 2016
Mercado de Arte, Córdoba, Arg., 2016
RedDot Art Fair, Miami, 2015
Cha.CO, Chile, 2014
ArteBA, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Poetica Móvil, Puerto Madryn Arg., 2010

Awards
2015
Finalist, Salón Nacional Fundación Banco Nación
2006
First prize “Faena”, Category: Visual Arts with the proyect "Aparicón", of urban interventions

Grants/Residence
2015
Art Residency - Factoria Santa Rosa - Santiago de Chile
2013
Art Residency - Pouch Cove Foundation - New Foundland/ Canada / October 2013
1998 - 2002
Centro Cultural de la Cooperación, Buenos Aires, ARG
1995 + 1996
Berufsschule in Schwerin/Germany (Technic drawing)

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My work revolves around the convergence of landscape painting and strict geometry: Two apparently distinct styles linked in different ways that shape scenes dominated by an unsteady calmness and a certain mystery. This tension of opposites is the base of my work.

The geometric drawings and corporeal shapes have their origin in my early training, where technical drawing occupied an important space. Elements of different universes, like sacred geometry, occult symbolism, industrial design, Arte Concreto, or molecular geometry, very often assist me as starting points to create these shapes. My work is divided into several stages: The organization of actions, such as the drawing design in AutoCAD, the plotting of these drawings, the transformation onto the canvas, the layers of different paints in oil or spray paint, the masking of these layers, the creation of a support - in case it´s not a stretched canvas - and other actions, generally primarily linked to the geometrical, lead me to the establishment of a work plan and methods that follow certain rules.

My landscapes are influenced by Metaphysical Painting, European landscapes from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, the Venetian School, and Fauvism, as well as abstract expressionism. It's quite common for my paintings to have references to such traditions as the History of painting. But with respect to this fact and in relation to the execution of the work depending on an established plan, I think it´s important to say that the most crucial moment for me is when I start putting the paint onto the canvas, the act of painting in the most spontaneous and substantial sense, the transformation of a visual idea into something material. The arrangement of the brushstroke as expression, going beyond references in terms of the landscape, even going beyond the initial impulse of this landscape I was visualizing to transfer onto the canvas. I consider the brushstroke's entity much stronger than the standard relation of that brushstroke with a tree or a rock. In the end, the instability of painting as a physical fact is not only an illustration of an idea; it's the result of a circumstantial and ritual process that reaches it's peak in the moment of its execution.

SEMINARIOS:
“XUL SOLAR Y EL ESOTERISMO OCCIDENTAL: LA BÚSQUEDA DE UN CONOCIMIENTO SUPERIOR”, EN MALBA, 2012, POR PATRICIA M. ARTUNDO.
"SENSORES Y NUEVAS TECNOLOGÍAS APLICADAS AL ARTE" EN CCEBA, 2010, POR JOAQUIN FARGAS
“SOL LEWITT Y EL ARTE CONCEPTUAL” EN FUNDACION PROA Y FADU, 2002, DICTADO POR ALINA TORTOSA Y SILVIA DIEHL
“ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO ARGENTINO” EN FUND. KLEMM, 2001, DICTADO POR CARLOS ESPARTACO