“Glow: Surrealist Landscapes from Argentina” by Martha Zuik
Opening: thursday 22nd january, 7:00pm
The strength of Martha Zuik’s work is unquestionably aesthetic. The intensity in her use of colour and abstract forms creates dreamymagical worlds bursting with expression. These imaginary worlds are depicted with the dexterity of a mature painter that has perfected her technique over decades. In a contemporary world, her work can be a bit nostalgic, reminding us of the wild colours of Fauvist artists like Matisse and Cezanne.
Zuik started exhibiting internationally in 1959, when she joined the international artist group “Fantasmagie”, founded by Belgian artist, Aubin Pasque. In that year she would exhibit with the group in Brussels alongside artists like Picasso and Magritte. She would continue with the group for over 20 years, presenting her work in throughout Europe. Over decades, her work has received particular attention as an emblem of Argentinean art and has been sought after in Argentina, the USA and Germany.
Quoting art historian, philosopher and author Prof. Ortrfired Schütz, Ph.D. “…Zuik’s efforts do not focus on what is actually seen but on “thinking of images”, without offering the observer the possibility of recognition. [She] belongs to this circle of painters who, even when they give a name to their paintings, repeatedly surprise the observer by not complying with what the title implies. What else canan art lover expect?”
Zuik’s extensive body of work is comprised of paintings, drawings, graphic works and sculpture. She is included in private and public collections, as well as the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Collection of the International Development Bank in Washington D.C.
After a successful exhibition in Hamburg supported and inaugurated by the Royal Prince and Princess of Spain, Puerta Roja showcased her works for the first time in 2012. A year later the Four Seasons Hotel invited Zuik to be the first artist to exhibit works outside of their permanent collection in Hong Kong.