Manuel Esnoz

Born in Buenos Aires, 1974. Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Biography

Manuel Esnoz started showing his work in the early 90’s while participating in a scholarship program founded by Guillermo Kuitca. Over the years some procedures became constants in his production. Appropriations and extractions include using and mixing “connect the dots” games, Ben-Day dots, halftones, etc. Deconstruction and reconstruction, divisionism, in sum, is the conversion of source material into particles organized and arranged on the surface of a canvas. The sources were in almost every case images that existed and functioned in the real world, like mainstream pornographic magazines, advertising images from billboards and magazines, newspaper images, etc. The question of painting and representation has been present since the beginning. In Esnoz’s works translation is important. Division is a form of research and exploration; deconstruction is a form of information and learning.

Recent exhibitions include: Across the River and Into the Trees Kravets/Wehby Gallery New York, NY. USA, 2021; Painting for Robots, Kravets/Wehby Gallery New York, NY. USA, 2018; History of Porn, Jakob Karpio Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica 2013; Boy toy has a window, artists space, Turin, Italy 2012; Farewell mon pasticheur, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY.USA, 2010; Galaxia, Artcore gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2009; A pedazos, Dabbah Torrejón contemporary art Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007.

Prizes & Awards: Young Artist of the Year 2001, Argentine Association of Art Critics, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1997 First Mention, Federico Jorge Klemm Foundation Award, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1996 Leonardo Painting Award, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1995 Mention, Gunther – C.A.Y.C. Award for Painting, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1994 Second prize, C.A.Y.C. Klemm, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1993 Young Artist of the Year, Art Critics Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Public and private collections: Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malba-Fundación Constantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Neumann Family Collection, New York, NY. The USA. Neuberger Museum Collection, Connecticut, USA. Solita Mishaan Art Collection, Miami FL, USA.

In the 1980s, Manuel Esnoz had the opportunity to participate in a painting workshop taught by artist Martin Reyna. Later, he went on to participate in another painting workshop, this time under the guidance of artist Diana Aisemberg. In 2004, he participated in the SPHN Residency in Berlin, Germany.

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