Biography of RAUL MAGALDI
I am an Argentine artist who lives in the South of Florida.
--Between 1972 and 1987 I lived in the United States, in the cities of New York (NY) and San Juan (PR).
Engaged in rendering, design and execution of arcades making sculptural elements for entries of buildings and residential estates. I specialized in the incorporation of art to architecture, incorporating in the facades murals and sculptural and/or pictorial elements.
--From 1987 I lived in Argentina, where I lived until 2009 then I returned to the USA.
I started painting professionally in Argentina and I was represented for ten years by Lagard Gallery, a fine art gallery located in the Art District of Buenos Aires.
In 1997 I opened a gallery, together with Flavio Galván, which we ran until 2009, at which time I returned to the United States and settle in Florida.
When I get involved in a production process, I feel that I am only a means through which manifests the power of "The creation", my language is abstract expressionism, which allows me to communicate emotions and feelings through forms, textures and colors.
Seeking, as proposed Wassily Kandinsky, the vibratory passage of the artist at work and from there to the Viewer. I paint by placing wood panels horizontally on a table or other support. I pour paint of high density on the surface by selecting colors and shapes; then, with gentle movements and using torches of air, I induce matter to organically be mixed and displayed in its final form. To set a form, I use air pressure and high temperatures.
I also usually use sheets aluminum glued onto wooden frames to give them rigidity; in this case, I use oil based paints and afterwards spill of thinner paint drops which changes the consistency and shape originally created.
1990-2000 Lagard Gallery. (Buenos Aires during 10 years Lagard held an individual exhibition of my work every year.)
1990 Art BA Fair (Buenos Aires, Argentina) with Lagard Gallery
1991 Design and Art Gallery, Cordoba, Argentina.
2000 the 1209 Galvan Art Gallery. Nine individual exhibitions and permanent exhibition with visits to the studio.
Museum of Contemporary Art of Maldonado, (Punta del Este, Uruguay).
FORMA International Fine Art Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Museum of Contemporary Art of Cordoba, (Cordoba, Argentina), curator Jorge Torres.
Museum Carafa -Exhibition of Emerging Artists of Cordoba (Cordoba, Argentina)
Carved acrylic blocks, exhibited in the loft of Victoria Garcia Olano (contemporary art collector), Chelsea, New York City, NY, 1980. Curator, Susana Salgado, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA)
Invited to exhibit at the annual event of Fermont Castle Belgium. 2011
“Towards a new abstract expressionism," opening of the residence of architect Eros Bolsoni, Monte Carlo, Manton, France. 1985
First prize in the competition "Façade to offices of Arcor" for the design and implementation of a frosted glass mural covering the facade of the eight-story structure (Cordoba, Argentina).
First Mural Prize, Cordoba Sheraton Hotel (Cordoba, Argentina)
1972 Partner. The Designer Workshop Systems, 3D company dedicated to prepare renderings for offices of architects.
1979 to 1987, Wood, Furniture and Art. San Juan, PR. Owner
1974 1979 Designer. Roberto Ponce & Associates. Design and implementation of systems of exhibition sculptural elements, renderings, murals and porticos of residential areas.
1990 Director of Marketing of new downtown Shopping, organizing a biennale of art sponsored by this institution.
Raul MAGALDI, by Carlos Suárez in Jesus. Posted in Irreversible Magazine, Dec. 2011
Executed with an economy of line, subtle traces of diffuse color, an architect’s precision and a profusion of details, Raul Magaldi’s striking drawings evince a sharp aesthetic, a keen eye for composition and a uniquely personal stamp in capturing the nuances of active living in contemporary society. The quality of his drawings is enviable and stems from a rigorous order acquired through a long career as an architect and artist during which his practice has encompassed various disciplines. Magaldi was born in Argentina, where he graduated as an Architect from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Cordoba in 1969. It was in an era when urban planning, architecture, interior, landscape, industrial and graphic design where all combined as part of a thorough curriculum. It was there that he developed his mastery of structure, spaces and form. At the time, Magaldi studied under leading figures such as Cesar Peli and Tomas Maldonado, later director of the Bauhaus during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Consequently, he served as a professor of drawing and architecture at his alma mater before taking charge of the design program at the Catholic University of Cordoba. Soon after opening his own architectural firm in his native city, Magaldi went on to design and build multi-family apartment dwellings in Cordoba among other projects. He was hired to work with O’Kelly, Mendez and Brunner in Puerto Rico where he was in charge of the remodeling project at the San Juan Airport and various industrial complex developments. Magaldi also participated in the production of “Step Away,” a documentary of 1979 Pan American Games narrated by Orson Welles and Ricardo Montalban.
As a young man, Magaldi spent six months living and traveling among the indigenous populations of South America. Navigating the Amazon by canoe, he studied the habitats of the Yagua and Pirua peoples. The experience earned him a life-long appreciation and deeper understanding of their ritual art, craftsmanship and culture. Another voyage that would mark him later on in life was his sojourn through Italy with his compatriot, artist Flavio Galvan, including stops in Rome, Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Milan, where Magaldi immersed himself in the rich tradition of the Renaissance. Sitting with Magaldi in his studio, listening the humble man share his recollections of a vast and fruitful career, we can’t help but draw comparisons to “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos XX’s commercial. Blessed with an insatiable curiosity for materials, Magaldi also carved a reputation for his work with etched glass. He explains that the nature of his attraction to the medium stems from his longing to connect with the minimal and subtle and to incorporate art into architecture in which art participates as a protagonist with a spatial scene through the fluid function of line and expression. Magaldi went on to study painting with Argentine masters and had his first solo exhibit at Galeria Lagard in Buenos Aires in 1990. His success led the gallery to represent him during the decade and he went on to become one of Lagard’s featured artists at the prestigious Latin American arteBa Art Fair one year. In short order, he was invited to exhibit his work at the Maldonado Museum in Punta del Este, Uruguay and his paintings have since been integrated into private collections from across the hemisphere and as far away as Morocco. The remarkable talented man explains that his work narrates his life in a perfect counter balance to his experiences. He stops to ponder and clarifies that as a Latin who grew up in a society steeped in a history of dictatorships, revolution and repression his focus hews to the pursuit of liberty, the universal, the enduring and the essential. For Magaldi, his interior world is one profound with intimate and familiar scenes, a deep respect for quotidian life, for the grandeur of small things. Taking a deep breath to pause, Magaldi cites Beltran Russell, Kandinsky and his colleagues Frank Gehry and Walter Gropius as major influences. And not unlike these influential thinkers, one cannot help but consider, that in his own modest way, Raul Magaldi is leaving deep footprints on the consciousness of those whose paths he is crossing.
Carlos Suarez De Jesus - Art Critic
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