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Lived/Active: Argentina      Known for: painting images of torture and survival, symbolism and allegory

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Daniel Garcia was born in 1958.  He lives and works in Rosario, Argentina

In Daniel Garcia’s paintings, violence’s allegoric senses bond with an acid humor. By placing them under a magnifying glance, he isolates worldly objects, or anatomical details. The reiterative process of painting and erasing leaves its trace on the canvas, working as a sign of each work’s tortured history.

In a certain way, his paintings are made up of a poetics of the necessary: the images that reside in them are “surviving images” that bear the mark of perseverance.

Artist Statement:
"In my work, relationship with representation varies from one painting to another. Sometimes my paintings are more mimetic, others more symbolic or allusive. I like thinking about my paintings as models, in the scientific sense of the term: a description or analogy used to help visualize something that cannot be directly observed. All of them come from a previous image, whether other artists' works, photographs, ads, scientific book illustrations or my own drawings. Even when I make a portrait, I never work from nature. I work after images that surround me and seduce me."

In the work of García, the physicality of what he creates is as profoundly meaningful as the symbolic message of the image. These pictures are the end products of an almost obsessively meticulous investigation into the possibilities of the painted surface. Layers of pigment are laboriously applied and then scraped away. Each of these scrapings or erasures leaves an essence or a shadow behind it, from which is built up a seemingly ancient palimpsest wall of rich texture, revealing to the observer the veritable birth process of the work of art. The artist's fastidiousness of technique mirrors the terseness and directness with which he communicates his ideas.


1982 Buonarotti Gallery, Rosario

1984 Miró Gallery, Rosario

1985 Miró Gallery, Rosario

1987 Architects Center, Rosario

1989 Santillán Gallery, Rosario

1990 Argentina Library, Rosario

1991 Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires

Castagnino Gallery, Harrods, Buenos Aires (catalog)

1993 Sara García Uriburu Gallery, Buenos Aires

1994 Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida

1995 Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires (catalog)

1996 Banco Patricios Fundation, Buenos Aires (catalog)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Bahía Blanca (catalog)

1997 Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires (catalog)

1998 OMR Gallery, Mexico City

1999 Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas (catalog)

2000 Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas (catalog)

Parque de España Cultural Center, Rosario (catalog)

Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York (catalog)

2002 Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires (catalog)

2003 Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA), Buenos Aires

Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC UNAM), Posadas, Misiones (catalog)

Islas Malvinas Cultural Center, La Plata (catalog)

Museum of Fine Arts, Rosario (catalog)


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