Alessandro Casciaro, Bolzano
Robert Pan was born in Bolzano in 1969. Studied Academy of Fine Arts, Sculpture Department, in Urbino (I) from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 to 1992 he studied in Paris, then from ’92 to ’93 in London. In 1993 Robert Pan moves to New York thanks to a scholarship, and lived there until 1995. In 2013 the artist works between Miami and Frankfurt. In 2016 he moved in Bolzano where he currently lives and works.
The impact of his works derives from their beauty of concept and construction, from the intensity and splendor of their colors, from the exactitude and sure effect of the way those colors are nuanced. The pigments are applied in numerous successive layers, sealed in resin, and filed and polished, all in the light of carefully construed relationships between areas of opacity and transparence. Pan’s craftsmanship is the vehicle for the achievement of a multidimensional experience of color in which larger and more complex tones result from the varying articulation of the hues that resonate beneath them.
Pan has always looked askance at the obvious, and has once again decided to voyage into places outside the realms of reason. He complicates our vision of daily experience, leading us beyond the extant and into the Eden of imagination, at the antipodes of objective observation. He allows us to grasp both the visible and invisible, material physicality and immaterial idea, the indeterminate point of view no less than the world of imperceptible detail, the metaphoric flowing of color and the immutable solidification of resins.
Santiago Reyes Villaveces is an artist who was born in Bogotá in 1986. He has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Brussels. He lives and works in Bogotà, Colombia.
Reyes Villaveces has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Los Andes, Colombia. In 2015 he won the Abraaj Royal College of Art Innovation Scholarship 2015/2017. Santiago holds an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London (2015/2017) and a degree in Visual Arts and History and Theory of Art from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota (2009), between 2006-2007 developed an academic exchange at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
He is a cultural entrepreneur keen to create artworks that provoke critical thought to empower individuals and communities as agents of positive change. His works were previously exhibited in Brazil, Colombia and Italy and they’ve gained national recognition as a young emerging artist. Thus far, Santiago’s experiences have deepened his belief that art and innovative thinking can have a meaningful impact on society by extending to different sectors, spaces and media. Santiago wants to contribute to Colombia’s transformation post-civil-war. He believes the cultural sector will be key to developing the country. He is keen to continue his artistic and teaching roles post-RCA and would like to develop methods and international networks to enhance learning opportunities in Colombia’s schools and universities.
His works and projects have been presented in public and private spaces, in South America, North America, Europe and the Middle East. In addition to his personal practice, Santiago works as a lecture professor at the Universidad Javeriana, as an editor and researcher has co-edited the books: Caro es o no, Antonio Caro (2015), Casa Daros Rio and Colombia Ministry of Culture; El Lobo, Antonio Caro(2014), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami and Monumetria (2009), DELENGUAAMANO, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Currently he lives and works between London and Bogotá.
My practice follows a material investigation on structures, assemblages, and dynamics that evidence states of transitivity and precariousness.
The works comprise installations, sculptures, drawings, and photography that address different relations of temporal indetermination. They transform, determine modify, and interfere with the space in which they operate; affecting the way in which the spectator occupies and perceives physical space.
The different materials I use in my work are characterized by notions of: tension, scale, volume, weight, gravity, surface, pressure, contention, resistance, depth and limit. Such notions configure systems that produce new relationships between spaces, architectures and the bodies of the spectators.
My work explore a latent architectural sensibility that is evident in precarious structures, mostly visible in — but not limited to — everyday urban detritus, overlooked by products of construction, and improvised temporary structures, underscoring a latent sophistication in anonymous ways of doing.
— Santiago Reyes Villaveces