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Pedro Uhart (b. 11/9/1938)
A figurative painter, his works are influenced by the folkloric tradition of his native land. He combines his poetic imagination which comes close to that of the primitives, with contemporary graphic design such as in is posters, popular cartoons, and children's ilustrations.
Uhart studied law and economics at the University of Concepción, but was always attracted to painting. In 1965 he moved to Europe and began to study at the École des beaux-arts in Paris, but he soon abandoned it since he considered the education as far too academic.
With mural paintings playing a vital role in the South America society, Uhart creates his own version in so-called floating walls, where he takes large loose sheets as support for his murals and hangs them in public streets and gardens, for everybody to enjoy.
In the '70s his paintings expressed an indictment of the Chilean dictatorship, supporting the fight for freedom. Uhart then evolved in cycles, first with The Amazons, then The Musicians, and many more, including The Master and Margarita. In 1976 he began experimenting with photography, scratching and painting over Polaroid pictures.
1973 8th Biennale de Paris. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, showing his first political floating mural "Once de septiembre de 1973"
1974 F.I.AC. Paris
"Art for the people"-Congress House London
Royal College of Art - London
1975 White Chapel Art Gallery "Floating Murals" London
Floating Murals at Central Park -New York
Floating Murals, Washington square. New York. Cultural Affaires of New York
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Battery Park New York
1976 Keettle'sYard Gallery, Cambridge, G.B.
1977 Salon de Mai 1977, Paris
ART 8/77 Bale- Suisse- Galerie Lahumiere "Floating Murals"
1978 Creates a "floating door" for the children's studio at the Georges Pompidou Center Paris
1979 Salon de Mai 1979. The first Paris " Installation" was censured publicly
1980 "Photographisme," Polaroid Center-Paris
Floating Murals and the book Mascaras at Galerie Biren, Paris
1981 Galeria Encuentros. Barcelona
Bienal Latinoamericana de Puert Rico
1982 Galerie Biren-Paris
Librarie Galerie La Hune, Paris
L'amerique Latine à Paris - Gran Palais - Paris
1983 "Images perdues rêvées amuses." Centre Georges Pompidou Paris
Polaroids at the Galerie Vivianne Esder- Tokio -Japan
1984 Floating Murals -Down Town Gallery, New York
Centre Culturel Limoges, France
1988 Polaroids-Comptoir de la Photographie-Paris
1995 Amazonas - Festival International de Biarritz
Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art-New York City
Guggenheim Museum- New York City
Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris-France
Musée d'Art Moderne Ville de Paris-Paris-France
Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris-France
Centre National d'Art Contemporain-Paris-France
Museum Narodov. Varsovie-Poland
Museo Internacional Salvador Allende- Santiago de Chile
Withe Chapel Art Gallery-London-England
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