Durban Segnini Gallery
request the pleasure of your company
at the opening reception of

Speaking of Abstraction

Language Transitions in
Latin Amerícan Art

Curated by Dennys Matos

Friday, July 8, 7 – 10 pm

3072 SW 38th Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33146

Parking available

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Carmelo Arden Quin. Roah (Parti mayeur), 1979 Acrylic on wood, 31.7 x 29.5 in. (81 x 75 cm) / Left,Roah satellite, 1979 Acrylic on wood 12.5 diameter (32 cm diámetro)
Carmelo Arden Quin. Roah (Parti mayeur), 1979. Acrylic on wood, 31.7 x 29.5 in.  / 81 x 75 cm .
Left, Roah satellite, 1979. Acrylic on wood, 12.5 in diameter / 32 cm diámetro
(July 8 - October 15)

Durban Segnini Gallery presents a splendid selection of 12 crucial artists for understanding the language development of the Latin American Abstraction, representing Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Participating artists: Carmelo Arden Quin (Rivera, Uruguay, 1913 -France, 2010), Mateo Manaure (Uracoa, Venezuela, 1926), Luisa Richter (Besigheim, Germany 1928-Venezuela, 2015), César Paternosto (La Plata, Argentina, 1931), Juvenal Ravelo (Caripito, Venezuela, 1932),  Carlos Rojas (Facatativa, Colombia, 1933 - Bogotá, 1997), Manolo Vellojín, (Barranquilla, Colombia, 1943- Bogotá, 2013),  Flavio Garciandía (Villa Clara, Cuba, 1954), William Barbosa (Ocana, Colombia, 1955), Beto De Volder (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1962),  Emilia Sirrs (Ohio, USA, 1963), Jaildo Marinho (Pernambuco, Brazil, 1970)

The exhibition includes 33 works among drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture, offering the viewer a wide aesthetic itinerary of Abstraction in its various manifestations.

Beto De Volder. Untitled, 2012 Acrylic over mdf and screws Dimensions Variable
Beto De Volder. Untitled, 2012, Acrylic over mdf and screws. Dimensions Variable

"Speaking of Abstraction (...) ¨ considers more than six artists’ generations whose contributions and paths made of Abstraction the most influential tendency in the historiography of Latin American contemporary art of the twentieth century.

"Speaking of Abstraction: Language Transitions in Latin American Art" offers through a selection of 33 works including paintings, sculpture, mixed media and drawing, a unique opportunity to review and understand the language development of the Latin American Abstraction.

This exemplary review includes twelve prominent artists, among which are great masters such as Carmelo Arden Quin (Uruguay), César Paternosto (Argentina), Carlos Rojas (Colombia) or Mateo Manaure (Venezuela). Also joining them new promising generation of abstract artists such as Flavio Garciandía (Cuba), Jaildo Marinho (Brazil), Emilia Sirrs (Mexico) and Beto De Volder (Argentina).

The exhibition, curated by the art critic and independent curator Dennys Matos, proposes an approach from different sensibilities and formal content on the role of abstract languages in the development of society and modern culture. That is why there are not only those authors who led the vanguard of Abstraction in Latin America in the first decades of SXX, but also other young values that are performing a renewal in the artistic cultural thought of Abstraction. They all articulate a suggestive kaleidoscope through which you can watch, as a whole and through unprecedented poetic and discursive links, how the project of the Latin American modernity incorporated the abstract language to formalize key categories of its development. At the same time the sample launches a thoughtful look on the complexity of the Latin American culture, to its original hybridity wrapped in deep and contradictory socio-cultural changes.


Emilia Sirrs. Caminos, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 29.5 x 23.5 in. 75 x 60 cm
Emilia Sirrs. Caminos, 2013. Acrylic on canvas.
29.5 x 23.5 in. / 75 x 60 cm


“In Speaking of Abstraction (...) “, says the curator of the exhibition, “ a variety of abstract languages come together, from the lyrical and expressionistic abstraction to the purest geometric abstraction or the one with an optical vocation. However, despite this variety of abstract languages, the viewer will find astonishing formal and discursive links between artists of different generations. Different generations deployed in a privileged gallery space at Durban Segnini, summarize the history of a fundamental tendency to understand the artistic project of the Latin American modernity.”

On the occasion of the exhibition Durban Segnini Gallery has published a fully bilingual catalog, presenting an essay by curator Dennys Matos along with complete biographies of the participating artists. In addition, the catalog contains photographic documentation of the artists as well as publications issued at previous exhibitions of the artists now considered at "Speaking of Abstraction: Language Transitions in Latin American Art". This abundant documentation on the subject of Latin American Abstraction makes the publication a rich source of consultation for scholars and art lovers.


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 in 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.