Soka University is pleased to present Sleeping in the forest: dreamscapes of nature and society. The exhibit will run in Founders Hall Art Gallery from September 14, 2017 through January 7, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 14 from 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pablo Salvadó and Sebastián Chillemi present some of their most recent artistic reflections on natural landscapes and countrysides in Latin America. This show re-conceptualizes European impressionism and its influence in Latin America. Transculturation and hybridity have played an important role in the development of art in Latin American at the turn of the 19th century. Salvadó and Chillemi, currently based in Bogota and Buenos Aires respectively, reflect upon the complex history of European influence and the Latin American visual landscape in the new millennium.
Sebastián Chillemi was born in Buenos Aires in 1968. He studied drawing and painting in the Library of the National Congress and with Martín Palottini. This year, he began to organize collective expositions with the group Junta D in various cultural centers in Buenos Aires. He is also part of the Liga de Artistas collective. Chillemi is the recipient of many awards for his work. His most recent prizes include third place in the 98th Palais de Glace National Salon drawing selection, and first prize for painting in the 15th Palermo Viejo Painting selection. His paintings and drawings can be found in private collections in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Perú, Venezuela, México, Canada, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, France, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Germany, England, Portugal, Greece, Scotland, South Africa and Korea. On most weekends Chillemi can be found at the Palermo Viejo art fair in the Plaza Cortazar exhibiting his paintings and drawings.
Pablo Salvadó was born in Buenos Aires in 1978. He began painting with the artist Elena Marconi at the age of twelve. As an adult he studied figure drawing and painting with Juan Lopez Taetzel, Ariel Mlynarcewicz and Ernesto Pesce. He also attended the National Institute of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires where he explored other means of expression such as sculpture and ceramics. In 2007, he formed the group Gato Negro with two other artists looking for a platform to explore live portraiture. Pablo’s work is mainly focused on painting and drawing portraits and landscapes using strong color contrasts as an instrument of exploration. He has participated in several group and solo exhibits in Argentina.
Soka University is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in Aliso Viejo, California. Soka is ranked in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in California by USA Today and Top 10 Best Value among national liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017.”