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Roberto Azank was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1955; the grandson of an oil-on-canvas artist and the son of a master embroidery designer.

At the age of 14, Roberto won the first prize in painting at his High School; he 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.

In 1994, Azank moved to New York's Catskill Mountains and found in his still life and flower works the definitive style for which he is known.

Roberto Azank

American, born in Argentina

 

By 1996 Roberto had a solid style and moved to New York City to show his work.

Luck had it that Roberto’s Chi Kung teacher, Dr. Harold Koning was a friend of New York gallery owner Robert Miller. Bob was very helpful in getting the emerging work noticed. While we never had an exhibition at the Robert Miller Gallery, he did show and sell some of the earlier Still Lifes (he bought Still Life #41 off the easel!), but most importantly Bob introduced me to people that would be very instrumental in my career. The poet Charles Henri Ford comes to mind, as we became close friends, and Lee Klein who later would write several essays on my work.

Two paintings were kept in the artist's collection as mementos of his first gallery mentor.

 

 

Lots of shows followed and the style grew. 

In San Francisco Eleonore Austerer became a champion of Roberto's work and kept sales of them going for many blissful years. 

With the recession of 2007 came the end of the career as we knew it. 

The work grew far more complex, first thru the series of Lotus Paintings and more recently with the Tulip paintings.

The Tulip Orgy has a story of its own, as it has been on the artist’s easel, non-stop and as the only work in progress, for 6 years. 

In the meantime it was exhibited 3 times, each time deemed finished, only to resume work after the show ended.

A series of 1001 Close-ups of Tulip Orgy is in progress, each one a composition in its own right. They are being shown thru social media as they happen in real time.

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The San Francisco Business Times described his work as, "Roberto’s canvases convey a sense of hyper-reality through his bold use of color, precise lines and controlled composition. Common objects such as flowersfruitsvessels and candles are given new life set against the strong horizon, which divides the artist’s rich color fields. These color fields, 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."

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

  Important Collections:

- Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

- American Express

- Sprint Telecommunications

- Bard College, Rhinebeck, NY

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Selected Solo Exhibitions:

 

 

 

2017        Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY

2017        Consulate General of Argentina, New York City

2015        Consulate General of Argentina, New York City

2011        Consulate General of Argentina, New York City

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2010        Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

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2009       Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

2008       Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

2007       Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

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2006       Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

              Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, Connecticut 

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2005       Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

              Simmons Gallery, San Francisco, California 

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              Unison Arts Center, Retrospective, New Paltz, NY

2004       Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, N. Carolina

              Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, Washington

              Simmons Gallery, San Francisco, California 

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              Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

2003       Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, Connecticut 

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              Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California 

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              Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Springs, California 

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              Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, N. Carolina

              Addison-Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2002        Austerer-Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, California  

              Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California 

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2001        Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland  

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              Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, Connecticut 

              Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California 

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2000       Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

1999       Brewster Arts Limited, New York City  

              Addison-Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.

              Albert Einstein University, New York City

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1998       Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, Texas  

              Albert White Gallery, Toronto, Canada  

              Albers Fine Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

              Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York  

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1997       Consulate General of Argentina, New York City

              Gallery @ 425 Lexington, New York City  

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1991        Marcos J. Alegria School of Fine Arts, Puerto Rico

1991       Fractal Mural, "Computers and Art" Olympia and York

              Gallery, (cur. Ludwig Datene), New York City

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Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017         'Personal Identity Matter', Gallery MC, New York City

2015          2015 post-EXIT - Montage of Wandering II, Gallery MC, New York City

 

2010         Mason Murer Fine Art / Besharat Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2009        Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina 

               Plus One Gallery, London, England

 

2008        Plus One Gallery, London, England  

               Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2007        Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, Connecticut

               Plus One Gallery, London, England

               Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California 

 

2006        Mason Murer Fine Art, “Primavera”, Atlanta, Georgia

               Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, Nantucket, Massachusetts

               Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina

               Plus One Gallery, London, England

 

2005        London Art Fair, Plus One Plus Two Galleries, London, England

               Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

               Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina           

               Eleonore Austerer Gallery. Palm Desert, California

 

2004       Plus One Plus Two Galleries, “American Realism”, London, England.

               London Art Fair, Plus One Plus Two Galleries, London England.

               Plus One Plus Two Galleries, Art London ‘2004, London, England

 

2003        Vero Beach Museum of Art, “Collector’s Choice”, Vero Beach, Florida        

               Plus One Plus Two Galleries, Art London ‘2003, London, England

               Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

               Artspace / Virginia Miller Gallery, “Latin American Invitational”, Miami, Florida

               Eleonore Austerer Gallery, “Latin Diversity”, San Francisco, California

               Artspace / Virginia Miller Gallery, Arte Americas Miami ‘2003, Miami, Florida

 

2002        Center of the Earth Gallery, “The New Realism”, Charlotte, North Carolina

               Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, “Still Lifes”, Kent, Connecticut

               Austerer-Crider Gallery, “Flower Power”, Palm Springs, California   

        

2001        Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Springs Intl. Art Fair, California

               Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina

               Artspace / Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, Florida

               Lyons-Wier / Packer Gallery, Art Miami ‘2001, Florida

               Austerer-Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, California

 

2000        Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Springs Intl. Art Fair, California

               Artspace / Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, Florida

               Center of the Earth Gallery, “The New Masters”, Charlotte, North Carolina

               Brewster Arts Limited, Art Miami ‘2000, Florida

 

1999        Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California

               Artspace / Viginia Miller Gallery, Miami, Florida           

               Brewster Arts Limited, “Major Works”, New York City           

               William Havu Gallery, Denver, Colorado           

               Brewster Arts Limited, Art Miami ‘99, Florida        

               

1998        Ramis Barquet Gallery, Art Miami ‘98, Miami, Florida

               Artspace / Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, Florida           

               Brewster Arts Limited, New York City           

               Meredith-Kelly Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

               Elite Fine Art, Miami, Florida

               Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

               Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco, California

               DeArte Magick, ‘Disegno e Colore’, (cur. Lee Klein), Easton, PA

               Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 

1997        Ramis Barquet Gallery, Art Miami ‘97, Miami, Florida

               N.Y. Arts Magazine 2nd City-Wide Biennial, (cur. Lee Klein), New York City

 

1993         Art and Mathematics Conference AM 93, SUNY Albany, New York

 

1992         Gallery @ Broward Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

1991         Fractal Mural, "Computers and Art" Olympia and York Gallery, (cur. Ludwig Datene), New York City

 

1990        Galaxy Gallery, ’Duel in the Sun’, Miami Beach, Florida 

 

Publications:

 

Las artes en tiempos de transición, by Elisa Pritzker. La Voz, Bard College, 2021

Roberto Azank busca redefinir el realismo contemporáneo, Interview by Elisa Pritzker. La Voz, Bard College, 2018.

▪Who's Who in American Art (1999-2015)

Impacto Latin News, "Lotus Paintiings, exaltation of Nature", by Ximena Hidalgo-Ayala, January 2015

▪Pulse, Interview by John Nelson. March 31, 2005

Woodstock/New Paltz Times, “Moving Stills”, by Mala Hoffman, April 14, 2005

▪Desert Post Weekly, “Buenos Aires artist brightly colors Reality”, by Marc Thomson, February 5, 2004

Essay by Lee Klein for the exhibition catalog at Eleonore Austerer Gallery, 2004

▪The Miami Herald, “Latin American Art in Coral Gables”, June 29, 2003

▪Palm Springs Life,”Where to see Roberto Azank”, by Steve Biller, August 2003

▪Coral Gables Gazette, “Latin American Masters of Today and Tomorrow”, July 3, 2003.

▪Washington City Paper, Exhibition Review, by Louis Jacobson, March 7, 2003

“When the Subject is also an Object (Conversations/Solitaire)”, Essay by Lee Klein, published by Addison-Ripley  Gallery, February 2003

Old Town Crier, Review by G. Lennox Campello, March 2003

San Francisco Business Times, ”Viewing Art with an Eye towards Capital Growth”, by Lizette Wilson, Sept. 27 2002

▪Woodstock-New Paltz Times,”Personally Speaking” by Mala Hoffman, August 22, 2002

▪Chronogram, “On the Cover”, July 2002

▪New York Arts Magazine, by Lee Klein, December 2001

▪San Francisco Examiner, Review, by Anne Lawrence, June 12, 2001.

The Desert Sun, Review by Jean McKig, December 2001

▪Washington Post, exhibition review by Michael O'Sullivan, March 26, 1999

Wall Street Journal, ‘Inside Art - Trendsetters- Creating the Next Direction’, “Cypherism and the Age of Computation”, New York, August 1999

▪Miami Herald, “Cypherism and the Metaclassical Style of Roberto Azank”

Essay by Dr. Ronald Vigo, published by Brewster Arts Ltd., March 1999

▪”Big Names in the Summer” by Armando Bravo, August 1, 1999

▪Coral Gables Gazette, ”Gables Gallery exhibits Latin American Jewels”, July 1999

▪Kansas City Star, ”Still Lifes are Still Effective”, by Robin Trafton, November 26, 1999

▪Night Magazine, “An Appreciation” by Lee Klein, June 1999

▪Easton [Pennsylvania] Irregular - “Disegno e Colore”, by Isadore La Duca, October 1998

▪Kansas City Star, Review, by Alice Thorsen, July 1998

▪New York City Arts Magazine, Review ”Art Miami 98”, by Lee Klein, February 1998

▪New American Paintings, February 1998

▪Waterfront Week, “Objectification” by F. Chapman, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, May 1997.

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