Francisco Salazar

(b. 1937 - )

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Francisco Salazar (b. 1937), a painter, sculptor, constructivist artist, was born on December 3, 1937 in Quiriquire, Venezuela. Salazar’s initial artistic reference came from Russian constructivist artist, Kazimir Malevitch, best-known for his notable work Black Square, 1915 and White on White, 1918. Francisco Salazar’s large superimpositions are recognizable as white-square-sculptures, made completely out of corrugated cardboard. These white sculpture-like canvases catapulted his artistic success. The lines and ridges of his white on white squares are constructed in a such a way that the viewer must take a moment to commit to the sequential repetition of this visual event.

Salazar’s optical abstraction oeuvre had early success in his participation at the XXVII Salón Oficial de Arte Venezolano at the Museo de Bellas Arte in 1967, Salón Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia in 1967 and the Paris Biennial in 1967. For over forty years, Salazar has explored the  three dimensaionl variations and alterations of space in the linear structure of corrugated cardboard. His work does not simply concern material organization of geomtry but also the influence of sensory perception, as he explores the dynamics of light and shadow on corrugated white planes, following thus the geometric tradition of optical and kinetic art.

Throughout his career, Salazar’s work has been frequently exhibited, in solo and group shows, in France, Latin America, Europe and United States. In 2007 a retrospective of his work spanning 50 years was exhibited at the Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure in Venezuela. Salazar considers the artist of the future should create with industrial materials, without altering their value, and simply by transforming matter into a work of art.

2008:  Sala Mendoza in Caracas

2007:  Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure

1990: Espacio Simonetti, Valencia, Edo. Carabobo

1983: Galería Óscar Ascanio, Caracas / Galería Expressions, Miami, Florida, Estados Unidos

1981: Porlamar, Nueva Sparta

1980: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas

1979: MACC, Museum of Contemporary Art Francisco Narvaez

1978: Galerie D’Expression D’Art Visuel, Caen, Francia / Galería Concorde, París / Embajada de Venezuela, París

1976: Galería Arte/Contacto, Caracas / Museo Soto / Galería Graphic/CB2, Caracas /

Groupement Francais D’Enterprises, Pretabail, París

1969: Bienal de Coltejer, Medellín, Columbia (second prize winner)

1968: Bienal de Codex, Buenos Aires, Argentina (first prize winner)

1967: XXVII Salón Oficial de Arte Venezolano at the Museo de Bellas Arte

1967: Salón Arturo Michelena

1967: Ateneo de Valencia

1967: Paris Biennial (first prize winner)

1967: MBA, ”36 positivos-negativos”

1966: CVA, “Positivo-negativo”

1963: Galería G, Caracas

1958: Galería Espiral, Escuela Cristóbal Rojas