Chilean artist Marco Bizzarri, currently based in England, deals with memory, commemoration and the archive-record through painting, installation and video. In his work, research processes and materiality are subordinated to context. On the one hand, linked to the experiential encounter, autobiographical moments of research, and on the other, to the geographical positioning (rural-industrial territories). Thus, fieldwork, involvement with the landscape and human testimony are fundamental.
His paintings respond to the exercise of collecting and translating images by delving into the material possibilities of pictorial language. The result combines abstraction and figuration: the images reveal the multiple resources with which they have been constructed. The pictorial image, taken from personal photographs, is constructed from the dynamic between revealing and concealing. The action of covering the surface, through the gesture of flicking paint, is articulated as a way of silencing elements and at the same time charging the composition with a singular graphic and chromatic expression. In this act, what is fundamental is the articulation of light. Light operates as a double and contradictory catalyst. On the one hand, it reveals the objects when it touches them, but at the same time it conceals them through an atmosphere of tiny droplets as if they were suspended particles seen against the light. It is because of this presence of light (in its incorporeal but disruptive dimension), that there is a particular interest in contained spaces.
On the other hand, in his installations, the artist explores historical and social issues through the encounter, collection and intervention of found objects or materials. Physical residues that individuals or communities abandoned in some significant place are transformed by the artist into cooperative structures, structures that support each other and intervene the visual landscape.
1988 - Santiago, Chile.
Chilean - Italian
Represented by Patricia Ready Gallery, Chile.
2021 - 2022
Turps Art School Studio Painting Programme , (London, UK)
2010 - 2014
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile)
2007 - 2009
Universidad del Desarrollo (Santiago, Chile)
The temple still stands, INCUBATOR ( London, UK)
Incuria, Galería Animal (Santiago Chile)
Silente CV Galería (Santiago Chile)
Anótese cuidadosamente su procedencia, Espacio Vilches, Universidad Católica (Chile)
Plan de cierre, Centro ARC. (Atacama, Chile)
Efecto de pares, Galería Madhaus. (Santiago, Chile)
But dearer still is truth, Plato Gallery in collaboration with WARBLING (Évora, Portugal)
Imágen Auxiliar, Collectio Galería ( Santiago, Chile)
Recursion, The Split Gallery (London , UK)
Fauna Presents Auction, Arundel Castle ( Arundel, UK)
Turps Gallery On-site final show, (London, UK)
Mood times ten, Fitzrovia Gallery (London, UK)
Gilbert Bayes Award Exhibition , Royal Society of Sculptors, Cromwell Place, (London, UK)
Friends with benefits, Safe House two Copeland (London UK)
RSS GBA Exhibition, CASC Gallery, University of Chester (Chester, UK)
Art Nova 100 Annual exhibition, Guardian Art Center (Beijing, China)
Arte Laguna Prize, Venice Arsenale (Venice, Italy)
The Bomb Factory Artist's Film Festival (London, UK)
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries (London, UK)
The Invitational I, Unit 1 Gallery (London, UK)
"XIII Edición Premio de Video arte Ayuntamiento de Astillero", Sala Bretón (Astillero, Spain).
"XIV Premio MAVI arte joven", MAVI Museum (Santiago, Chile)
Cómo delimitar un cuerpo, Espacio Alonso, (Santiago, Chile)
Habitantes , Centro Cultural Matta, (Buenos Aires. Argentina)
Cohabitar, Cede Galería, (Lima, Perú́)
Outsider, Gare Strasbourg. (Strasbourg, France)
Umbrales, Centro de Extensión UC. (Santiago, Chile)
Spring Collection Collective, Línea Gallery (Florence, Italy)
The Young Collectors Exhibition, Leila Heller Gallery. (New York, U.S.A)
The de Laszlo Foundation Award 2021 (London, UK)
Gilbert Bayes Award 2021, Royal Society of Sculptors (London, UK)
Finalist of the Firs Plinth Public Art Award, Royal Society of Sculptors (London, UK)
100 Jóvenes líderes 2020, Revista El Sábado of El Mercurio and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile)
Solo Residency Unit 1 Gallery Workshop (London, UK)
First prize Ayuntamiento de Astillero XIII Videoart Award, (Spain).
2021 High House Residency, (Norfolk, UK)
2020 Unit 1 Gallery , Solo residency (London, UK)
2017 Centro ARC, (Atacama, Chile)