Durban Segnini Gallery
cordially invites you
to the opening reception of

Fernando De Szyszlo

in the presence of the artist

Friday, May 19, 7 – 10 pm

and to the presentation of his book,
“La Vida sin Dueño”
in a conversation with the writer and journalist Andrés Oppenheimer
on Wednesday, May 24, 7 – 9 pm
3072 SW 38th Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33146

Parking available
Fernando De Szyszlo, Viento Rojo, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, diptych. 150 x 300 cm.
(May 19, 2017 – August 2017)

The Durban Segnini Gallery in its 25 years path in the United States, pays homage to the great Peruvian master Fernando de Szyszlo, a fundamental figure in Latin American art of the 20th century, who is celebrating his 92nd birthday this year. For this solo show, the artist has prepared eleven new works in medium and large format canvases.

With this exhibit, Durban Segnini Gallery Miami completes a cycle of six major shows by Szyszlo, one of the most outstanding figures of Latin American lyrical abstraction. A cycle that began in 1995 with Habitación N.23 followed by Elogio de la Sombra (2003), Ronda Nocturna (2007), Sombras y Sueños, (2011), Elogio de la Sombra (2015) and current show Szyszlo (2017).

The exhibition is preceded by the recent publication of his memoires, Szyszlo, La Vida sin Dueño (Alfaguara, 2016), which will be launched in an art talk on May 24th at the Durban Segnini Gallery. The book presentation will be a conversation with the writer and journalist Andrés Oppenheimer. 


Fernando De Szyszlo, De la serie TRASHUMANTES, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm


As said by his compatriot and Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, "Szyszlo's painting is not delivered easily or quickly and perhaps one of its greatest constants is to always leave the viewer with the impression that something essential has been taken away, that what he sees and admires is only the vertigo of the iceberg".


Fernando De Szyszlo, CAMINO A MENDIETA, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, diptych. 150 x 300 cm.

In the paintings of this exhibition as in the series Transhumantes, highlights, at first sight, the strength of the red, blue and gray backgrounds that convey a theatrical intensity of dramatic dye. Broad and deep backgrounds that support an abstraction mediated by figurative elements, as Szyszlo explains, “inspired not so much in the forms of surrealism as in surrealistic thinking". These works have engraved through firm and thick strokes a gesture, a spiritual and vibrant energy that reinforces spirituality against world’s materialism. His works are inhabited by a kind of multiform and torn beings, enigmatic architectural passages of inner and outer worlds within a mysterious cosmos. Landscapes and ceremonies stained with magic and occultism, a view as modern as it is powerfully primitive.

About Durban Segnini Gallery

Cesar Segnini, director, and owner founded Durban Segnini Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela in 1970 and in Miami in 1992. The gallery specializes in contemporary painting and sculpture with particular emphasis on artists who have worked with abstract expressionism, abstraction, constructivism, geometric and kinetic art. Simultaneously, the Gallery strives to promote and diffuse new artistic values as well as the historical vanguards that have influenced them.

Since 1992 exhibitions are open to the public all year round in the gallery in Miami, Florida. Worldwide, Durban Segnini Gallery is known for its expertise in such areas as the integration of artworks to architectural spaces as well as for its customized consultant services to private collections.

3072 SW 38th Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33146
305 774 7740
Hours: Mon - Fri: 10 - 5
Saturday by appointment.