Roberto Azank (Argentine, )

Timeline

1955
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1970s
School of Architecture University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
1970s
University of Buenos Aires, Studied Photography
1979
Moved to US
The grandson of an oil-on-canvas artist and son of a Master Embroidery Designer. Roberto went on to first study photography and later architecture at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1979 he moved to the United States where experimentation with various artistic forms and media led to his decision to pursue a career in the arts. As he continued to hone his craft, Azank began painting brightly colored abstract works in acrylics. By the late eighties, his style had evolved from abstract to figurative and he started painting in oils and found in his still life works the definitive style for which he is known.

Roberto’s canvases convey a sense of hyper-reality through his bold use of color, precise line and controlled composition. His rendering of common objects such as flowers, fruits and curvaceous vessels set against the background of almost fauvist bisected bold color planes is being exemplified by superb draftsmanship. These color planes, often indescribable in hue, are the cornerstone of Azank=s work, while the still life objects act as vehicles for exploration of positive and negative space, placement and scale. He elects to omit unnecessary ornamentation from his compositions, choosing instead to emphasize the precision and draftsmanship he originally investigated in architecture school. Azank does not paint Still Lifes, but rather portraits of non-living objects, he has returned the romantic tradition of still life painting to its rightful place and made a love for the sublime acceptable.

Now at mid career, Roberto Azank describes himself as a metaclassical artist whose interests lie in the abstract qualities of realism as opposed to the photographic copying of nature.

Exhibitions

2006
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California
2005
Unison Arts Center, “Still Life Retrospective”, New Paltz, NY
2005
The Simmons Gallery, San Francisco, California
2005
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California
2004
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2004
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2004
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2004
The Simmons Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California
May 5, 2003–2003
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
May 5, 2003–2003
Addison-Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
2003
Arteaméricas Miami 2003, represented by ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida
2003
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
Sep 4 2001–2002
“The New Realism,” Center of The Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Sep 4 2001–2002
“Still Lifes,” Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT
May 5, 2003–2002
“Roberto Azank – Paintings 2002,” Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
May 5, 2003–2002
“Roberto Azank – Still Lifes 2002,” Austerer♦Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, CA (solo)
May 5, 2003–2002
“Flower Power,” with Ed Baynard, Roberto Lauro, Siegward Sprotte, and Daniel Phil, Austerer♦Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
Sep 4 2001–2001
Lyons-Wier/Packer Gallery, Art Miami 2001
Sep 4 2001–2001
ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL
Sep 4 2001–2001
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
May 5, 2003–2001
“New Works by Roberto Azank,” Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2001
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001
Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2001
Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT
2001
AusterergCrider Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2001
Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001
Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2001
Bachelier - Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT
Sep 4 2001–2000
“New Gallery Artist Exhibition,” Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Sep 4 2001–2000
Brewster Arts Limited, New York, Art Miami 2000
Sep 4 2001–2000
ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL
Sep 4 2001–2000
Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000
Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2000
Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1999
Addison - Rippley Gallery, Washington, DC
1999
Brewster Arts LTD NYC
1999
Addison/Ripley Gallery Washington, DC
1999
Still, Kougeas Gallery Boston, MA
1999
Major Works, Brewster Arts Ltd. NYC
1998
Meredith-Kelly Fine Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico
1998
Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery San Francisco, California
1998
Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1998
Albers Fine Art Gallery, Memphis, TN
1998
Hooks-Epstein Galleries Houston, Texas
1998
Albert White Gallery Toronoto, Canada
1997
Consulate General of Argentina NYC
1997
Gallery @ 425 Lexington, New York, NY
1997
Ramis Barquet Gallery Miami
1993
Art & Mathematics Conference AM '93 SUNY Albany, NY
1991
Marcos J. Alegria School of Fine Arts Puerto Rico

Literature

2003
Essay by Lee Klein, “When the Subject is also an Object (Conversations/Solitaire)”, February
2002
LizetteWilson, “Viewing Art with an Eye towards Capital Growth” San Francisco Business Times, September 27
2002
Mala Hoffman, “Personally Speaking” Woodstock-New Paltz Times, August 22
2002
Chronogram, “On the Cover” July
2001
Review by Jean McKig, The Desert Sun, December
1999
Armando Alvarez-Bravo, Big Names in the Summer,The Miami Herald (El Nuevo Herald), August
1999
Dr. Ronald Vigo, Cypherism and the Metaclassical Style of Roberto Azank, Brewster Arts Ltd., March
1999
Wall Street Journal, “Inside Art – Trendsetters – Creating the Next Direction”, Cypherism and the Age of Computation", New York, August
1999
Gables Gallery exhibits Latin American Jewels, Coral Gables Gazette, July 28th
1999
Lee Klein, An Appreciation, Night Magazine, June
1999
Michael O'Sullivan, Roberto Azank, The Washington Post, March 26
1999
Michael Carter, Disegno e Colore, Night Magazine, March
1998
Isabel LaDuca, Disegno e Colore, Easton Irregular, October
1998
Alice Thorson, Roberto Azank, Kansas City Star
1998
Lee Klein, Art Miami '98, New York Arts Magazine, February
1998
New American Paintings, February
1997
Noticias de Arte, Consulate of Argentina, Fall
1997
Frances Chapman, Objectification, Waterfront Week, May
Palm Springs Life , “Where to see Roberto Azank” by Steven Biller
Who's Who in American Art, 1999-2000 Edition