Rimer Cardillo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1944. He studied in Montevideo and in old East Germany. He has been a teacher most of his life and a professor in New Palz, upstate New York, for some 25 years. His work and artistry has been constantly recognised and rewarded through his many fellowships from many prestigious foundations such as Gottlieb, Krasner-Pollock and Guggenheim. Cardillo is an artist with expertise in printmaking techniques and graphic processes. He has created prints from a complex combination of etching, aquatint, mezzotint, engraving and embossing. All together, he has a body of work made up of different series created in the last fifty years, which share one essential concern: our relationship with nature and the responsibilities that emerge from this relationship.
If nature and its beings, in their diversity and complexity of forms, offer us unparalleled beauty that art can barely and coarsely imitate, and whose fragility science warns us about in its ethical evolution, Cardillo seems to tell us through his works that that beauty, in its magnificence, in all its complexity and subtle of forms, is pure vital contingency, and that its rescue conceals its inevitable destruction.
Selected solo exhibitions
2018 – Del Río de la Plata al valle del río Hudson. Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2016 – A Journey to Ombú Bellaumbra. oas Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D. C., 2014 – Anacahuita. Museo Fernando García Ponce, Mérida, Yucatán, México, 2013 – One-Person Show. Quiet Cruelties: Prints, Sculptures and Unique Works on Paper by Rimer Cardillo. Binghamton University Art Museum, 2012 – Fractal Landscape: Re-constructions from Tuscany, the Hudson Valley and South America. Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, New York, Selections from Jornadas de la Memoria and new works, Lynda Anderson Gallery, Manhasset, New York, 2011 – Jornadas de la memoria. Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York, 2010 – Cupí. Instalación. Templespace of Kiscell Museum, Budapest, Hungary, Sinergia del micro y el macrocosmos. Galería del Paseo, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Cimarrones. Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, Nueva York, 2009 Rimer Cardillo. Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (alba), Beirut, Líbano. Nuevos trabajos en papel y nuevas esculturas en aluminio. Galería del Paseo, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Works from the Sculpture Park. Centro D’Arte La Loggia, Florencia, Italia. 2008 Nuevos trabajos en papel y nuevas caparazones. Galería del Paseo, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Selected group exhibitions
2017 – Papel/Maestros. Factoría Santa Rosa, Santiago, Chile, Naturaleza: refugio y recurso del hombre. Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016 – Faculty Show. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, suny New Paltz, New York. Ñandú. Instalación en el Centro de Arte de Maldonado, Uruguay, 17th International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2016 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, China, 2015 Triacontagon: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Artists’ Fellowship Program. New York Foundation for the Arts, Westbeth Gallery, New York, 6th Guanlan International Print Biennial, China Printmaking Museum, Shenzhen, China.
Museums and public collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, United States, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, United States, Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia, Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, Biblioteca Nacional de París, France, Bronx Museum, New York, Centro D’Arte La Loggia, Florens, Italy. Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, United States, China Printmaking Museum, Guanlan, China, Colección Engelman-Ost, Montevideo, Uruguay, Fogg Museum (Harvard Art Museums), Cambridge, United States. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Ímber, Caracas, Venezuela, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, Museo del Grabado, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Museum of Contemporary Graphic Arts, Fredrikstad, Norway, Museum of Modern Art, New York