Martin Di Girolamo Argentine erotic artist
Topic: Martin Di Girolamo
What I expect from any work of art is that it surprises me,
that it violates my customary valuations of things
and offers me other, unexpected ones.
I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical,
that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
Martin Di Girolamo was born in September 9th 1965 in Buenos Aires. He studied Art at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Martin Di Girolamo
This avant-garde Argentine artist of Buenos Aires began to work his first steps into the world of Arts showcasing his sculptures at BA discos and clubs. This was because his edgy feel of erotic images of goddess-like women. It was this break-thru artistically conceived erotic imaging what also took this young and talented artist to Buenos Aires cultural centers, galleries and shows.
Back in the 90s Buenos Aires experts Pablo Suarez and Marcelo Pombo introduced this artist in their catalog describing him as a sincere artist, when using his artistic and developing academy like skills with which he portrays standard goddess with a strange and unique technique blending the trashy and personal, the advertising and the billboard like imagery at the same time. The kitsch feel in art, gains a new meaning with him bursting into the local and regional art world.
On and on, his production was accepted and included in more institutional like art places and palaces. However his works never left their birthplace, his sculptures still embellish and provoke at trendy BA restaurants, pubs and clubs.
Di Girolamo “Girls” stare at us as cloned Lolitas. Brunette and terse white skinned sculptured gorgeous seductive and provocative gals wink at the observer, generating a true moment between the artist, the work of art and the spectator hardly achieved in Art.
Far away from Prodaltec, his school of Art, and fast food art procedures, this artist is a true craftsman, an artist with capital letters, who devotes to his work as an obsessive artisan… Ranging between the perfection of the 19th century art and the glamorous 21st century image of contemporary icons of beauty, Di Girolamo builds upon a new mythology of sexiness and erotic.
While the procedure, technique and art conception is not privative of our artist, for the neo pop revival of American nudities featured by Wesselman and Allen Jones precedes this Argentine version. All in all, there’s a special feature of Di Girolamo art, he never works with live models, while he doesn’t invent either; he, on the other hand, carefully constructs a sculpture like model from a copy created from the selection of photographic images.
He works in a very detailed form of selection. We could describe his creative process as a thoughtful pre-production work of erotic and sensual detailed work in creating every man’s fantasy muse…
Proceeding as a collage maker, the artist begins his work choosing a perfect body, the perfect posture that suits that body image and concept of sensuality, as he savors the image until he captures the essence. Observing the details brought up by the photos he studies, he works emphasizing the transgression process implied in the reverting the bi dimensionality of the printed image brining it up into the tri dimensional world.
Hereafter our artist’s curriculum:
2000 "Maquillaje"-Make up Ruth Benzacar Buenos Aires
1992 Giesso Space, Buenos Aires.
Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center, University of Buenos Aires.
2002 “Ultimas tendencias. Donaciones”-Last tendencies. Donations. Museo Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA).
2001 Arco Madrid Espa?a, stand Ruth Benzacar Gallery
Banco Ciudad Visual Arts prize. Fine Arts National Museum Buenos Aires
Banco Nacion Prize. Cronopios show room. Recoleta Cultural Center Buenos Aires
2000 Banco Nacion Prize Cronopios show room. Buenos Aires.
20th Century Argentina – Art and Culture" Recoleta Cultural Center Buenos Aires
Constantini Prize Fine Arts National Museum Buenos Aires
1999 Some Works Bruzzone Collection, A trim of the 90s, Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center University of Buenos Aires
"Fortabat Collection" 1999 Sculpture prize, Fine Arts National Museum, Buenos Aires
Arco - Madrid - Spain (National Arts Fund )
Parallel- Paralelos / Paralelas, Ruth Benzacar
1993 Jacques Martinez Gallery, Buenos Aires.
Del Borde, Banco Patricios Foundation, Buenos Aires.
Braque Sculpture prize, Banco Patricios Foundation, Buenos Aires
1992 Some Artists Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires.
Dakar Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal.
Prizes and Grants
2002 Premio Konex
2001 Second prize Banco Ciudad Visual Arts acquisition
2000 National Arts Fund Grant.
1995 / 1996 Barracas workshop, Antorchas Foundation directed by Luis Benedit and Pablo Suarez.
1994 Kuitca Grant for young artists. PROA foundation Buenos Aires.
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