María Gamundí Byography

THE WORK OF MARIA GAMUNDI

"....the artist appeal to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition - and therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation - and the subtle but invincible; e conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, to the solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear, which binds men to each other, which binds together all humanity - the dead to the living and the living to the unborn"

Josef Conrad in the Preface to
the second edition of The Nigger
of the Narcissus.

The origins of particularly fine artists seem to lie, as Conrad suggests, in some magic ability which a few rare people have, to speak from deep inside, a universal language. What is spoken by such artists is truth about us and our world, basic laws, and relationships which somehow the artist is able to perceive. She or he describes for the rest of us those feelings and where they lie, in some outward form - some color, or shape or sound - fashioned to appeal to as many of us as possible. This creation, which we call art, helps each one of us in turn to search for and, hopefully, find that same inner place and those same joyous feelings.

And this searching energy, springing as it does from inside, is creative and positive. in surging out to shape art it is a tempering force to that exterior one which deals in accumulating power and material things.

Being led thus by the artist and by art away from everyday difficulties to a common interior place of thought and emotion, from whence we all originate, gives us an enormous release, a freedom, like being children again.

To do this, the true artist obviously cannot lie. And the more truthfully, the more artfully she or he leads us and joins us in that "solidarity' Conrad speaks of , the greater will be the resulting art form. This is why all great art is about freedom and truth, and why art both springs from us all, and belongs to us all.

María Gamundí is one of those rare people, an artist who uses her emotions to perceive truth, unveil it for us, and then craft that with great skill into her sculptures.

Three main roots to her work are clear. The first is European, A classicism of astonishing clarity and simplicity. This comes from the Mallorcan blood of her father. Gamundí is a name like Miró, like Dalí and Gaudí, from Cataluña.

The second is South American, and consequently Oriental, for the Indians of America trace their distant past in THE East. Maria's mother's family are partly native Venezuelans.

The third is the most profound of the three, a root which is universal and timeless: the female. No one of us can ever be indifferent to the human body - particularly to the female body. In using it so poignantly to search for ideal relationships, Maria touches profoundly upon our own births, and our creative energy. Her languid, fecund, maternal women appeal "to that in us which is a gift..." and speak "to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives".

María Gamundí doesn't feel any need to be part of a group-idea, of a movement, or of a moment. In its search for perfection, and in its calm humanity, her work springs not from other people or other work, nor even from any given moment in time. It springs from the thoughtful, caring observation and stimulus of nature....

Richard Fremantle

CHRONOLOGY

Born in 1952 - Caracas, Venezuela. Studied at Pratt Institute, New York City, and at the "Scuola del Libro", Urbino, Italy, between 1970-73.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2016

Maria Gamundi – Marmo&Bronzo

Bel-Air Fine Art & Chalet D’Adrian Hotel
Verbier, Switzerland

2012

Maria Gamundi – Marmo&Bronzo

Sala delle Grasce Centro Culturale "Luigi Russo" Pietrasanta, Italy.

2011

Maria Gamundi – sculptures
Galerie Hugues Pénot, Pornichet, France.

2010

Maria Gamundi – sculptures
De Twee Pauwen Gallery, Holland.

2008

Mark Peet Visser” Gallery, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

2007

Sogni di donne” Maria Gamundi – sculptures / Anna Lia
Migliacci - paintings, “Le Tabl’art” Gallery, Le Locle, Suisse.

2005

Le donne di Maria” di Maria Gamundi, Campo Galleria,
Avigliana (To), Italy.

2004

Maria Gamundi, Bronze & Marble Sculptures /
Ivan Loubennikov, Paintings.
De Twee Pauwen Gallery, Den Hagg, Holland

2002

Maria Gamundi, Bronze & Marble Sculptures /
Igor Bitman , Paintings.
De Twee Pauwen Gallery, Den Hagg Holland

2000

Maria Gamundi, Bronze & Marble Sculptures /
Ivan Loubennikov, Paintings.
De Twee Pauwen Gallery, Den Hagg, Holland

1999

Maria Gamundi, Bronce & Marble Sculptures /
Ivan Loubennikov, Paintings
De Twee Pauwen Gallery, Den Hagg, Holland

1998

Francisco Zuniga / Maria Gamundi, Oct.8 – Nov. 6
Brewster Arts Limited , New York, USA.

1996

Donna” - Maria Gamundí , Sculpture /
Sergio Fortuna, Photography.
Comune di Camaiore, Palazzo Torri, Massoni , Italia.

1995

Arte, Materia e Luce - Le Donne di Maria Gamundí
Photography by Sergio Fortuna and
Sculptures by Maria Gamundí.
Cloister of SaintAugustine, Pietrasanta, Italia.

1994

Maria Gamundí - Sculptures and Drawings.
Galeria Alfred Wild, Santa Fé of Bogota, Colombia.

Travelling Exhibition in Norway:
• More og Romsdal, Kunstneersenter
• Nordnorsk Kunstner Sentrum
• Kristiansund Kunstforening
• Porsgrunn Kunstforening

1993

Frans Masreel (1889-1972) Paintings and Graphics,

Maria Gamundí (1952 Caracas), Sculptures

Galerie Von Abercron, Munich , Germany.

Permanencia del Oficio y la Materia”.
Centro Cultural Consolidado, Caracas, Venezuela.

Donne de Una Donna, Scultura in marmo e bronzo de Maria Gamundi”.
Ken’s Art Gallery, Florence, Italy.

1992

Earls Court Gallery, London, England.

1989

Marbles and Bronzes 1980 - 1989”.
Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundacion Eugenio Mendoza,
Caracas, Venezuela.

1988

Sculptures in bronze and terracotta”.
Sponsored by the “Comune di Camaiore”, Camaiore, Italy.

1976

Paintings and Sculptures”. Gothaer Versicherungs Gallery,
Cologne, Germany.

Personal exhibition”. Sponsored by USA Government,
Amerika Haus, Munich, Germany.

1975

Paintings and sculptures”. PEDE Gallery, Vienna, Austria.

Art in Concert”. Hypo Bank Gallery, Munich, Germany.

1973

Landscapes”. L'Arcolaio Gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Venezuelan Landscapes”. Los Barrancos Gallery, Caracas,
Venezuela.

WORKS IN SITU

2015 

"Sun Worshipper” (Adoratrice del Sole) - Piazza Matteotti, in front of City Hall, Pietrasanta, Italy. 

2013 

"Selene" - Kettle Pond,Newport News, Virginia,USA. 

2001

"Big Bather" - Private collection, Pennabilli, Italy.

1999

"Sonia Monumental" - Museo del Parco - Portofino, Italy.

CarnavalArte - Prize to the winning car,
"Le Chiaccherone" work in Terracotta, Viareggio, Italy.

1996

Santa Lucia", 6 ft. Bronze Sculpture for the town of Santa Lucia, Italy.

1992/3

"Saint Michele Arcangel". Chapel of the Metropolitan University, Caracas, Venezuela.

1988/9

Tomb with sculpture of "Sant'Antonio" for late La Scala tenor,
Michele Molese, Stradella, Italy.

1987

1 meter bronze lamp and bronze candelabra for
St. Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

1985

Bronze momument of "St. Francis with Animals", life-size.
Besel Collection, Hausham, Germany.

1984

Life-size family portrait in terracotta.
Santucci collection, Monteggiori, Italy.

Stained-glass windows for church of San Rocco.
Pozzi, Pietrasanta, Italy.

1983

Stained-glass windows in Volegno, Stazzema, Italy.

1982

Stained-glass window, Badia di Camaiore (VII Cent.), Camaiore, Italy.

1981

Works in bronze, marble, terracotta and stained glass, Monks Chapel.
Marylake Monastery, Toronto, Canada.

1977/9

Monument of "St. Joseph the Worker", in trani marble, Bamberg, Germany.

Resurrection sculpture, in trani marble, Bamberg Cemetery, Bamberg, Germany.

Stairwell stained-glass window. Lebenshife, Bamberg, Germany.

"Faun Fountain," in bardiglio marble. Besel Collection, Hausham, Germany.

1974/6

Stone relief, Penzberg Orphanage Chapel, Penzberg, Germany.

Murals, sculptures and stained-glass window. Kinderheim Berghof, Hausham, Germany.

Monumental "Madona Fountain", in travertine marble, Penzberg, Germany.

 

Awards

2015

Premio internazionale "Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo"

XXV Edition Circolo Culturale 'Fratelli Rosselli",Pietrasanta,Italia 

 

 

GROUP SHOWS

2015

“Le Forme della Differenza”

Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy

"Home faber"

La Versilia, Pietrasanta, Italy 

2014

"The Visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess"

The University of Leicester - Botanical garden, UK 

Homo faber

Piazza Duomo, Church and Cloister of SaintAugustine, Pietrasanta, Italia. 

2013

Homo faber

Piazza Duomo, Church and Cloister of SaintAugustine, Pietrasanta, Italia. 

2012

Homo faber

Piazza Duomo, Church and Cloister of SaintAugustine, Pietrasanta, Italia. 

Donna Scultura.”
Cloister of SaintAugustine, Pietrasanta, Italia.

2011

Royal British Society of Sculptors Members Working in Pietrasanta.”
Cloister of SaintAugustine, Pietrasanta, Italia.

Group Sculpture Exhibition, Mark Peet Visser gallery

2010

Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece.

2007

Campo d’Arte. Pittori e scultori nel secondo Novecento,
Scuderie dei Borboni, Camaiore, Italy.

2006

Percorsi paralleli, Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza, Italy.

Sensibilmente Eros 2006, Carrara, Italy.

Scultura e Musica per la Donna,”
Teatro dell’Olivo, Camaiore, Italy.

2005

Galleria Subbia (dal 7 al 31/07/05)

Amor Marmoris, il lavoro come Arte” (dal 17/07 al 5/09/05)
Levigliani (LU), Italy.

Vetro e Sculture”, venti artisti interpretano Venini
Church of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Colletiva / Galleria La Subbia, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Le Figlie del Vasaio, Parco del Magliano, Marina di Massa, Italy.

2003/4

Sculture in the Garden” University of Leicester
Harold Martin Botanic Garden, England

2003

Donna Scultura
Church of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy.

L'acqua e la vita, magnetismi delle forme
Traveling exhibition in Enel plants, Italy.

2002

Salviamo il Duomo
Church of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Sculture e Scultori” International Sculpture Exhibition,
Pietrasanta, Italy.

L'acqua e la vita, magnetismi delle forme” Castelnuovo
Garfagnana, Italy.

Boulevard des Sculptures 2002”. Kijkduin, Den Haag, Netherlands.

Beelde Van Format VI 2002”. De Twee Pawen Gallery,
Den Haag, Netherlands.

2001

Boulevard des Sculptures 2001”. Kijkduin, Den Haag , Netherlands.

Summer Sculpture Exhibition”. De Twee Pauwen Gallery,
Den Haag, Netherlands.

2000

Versilia e Lugano terre di artisti”, Lugano, Switzerland.

1999

Meesters in de Beeldhouwkunst”, International sculpture Exhibition.
Gallery Bell'Arte, Maastricht, Netherlands.

Miami Art Fair. Brewster Art Gallery , New York, USA.

1998

Ad Occhi Aperti 3”, The Self –Portrait

International Exhibition of Sculpture, Painting and Photography
Cloister of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta , Italy.

Beeldenexposite Château Neercanne International Sculpture Exhibition of Big Format”.
Gallery Bell'Arte, Mäastricht, Netherlands .

1997

Sem” - International Sculpture Exhibition in Homage to Sem Ghelardini.
Church of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy.

1996

Il Dono dei Magi” - Sculptors of Versilia 6 months after the flood.
Church of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta , Italy.

1995

Miami Art Fair. Brewster Gallery, New York, USA.

Ad Occhi Aperti”, International Sculpture Exhibition.
Cloister of Saint Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Sixteenth Biennial International Exhibition of Small Bronze
Sculptures, Padua, Italy.

1994

La Luce della Pietra”, International Sculpture Exhibition,
Pietrasanta and Lucca, Italy.

Eos, Eros, Croiseur Noir: Intimate creations by contemporary Latin American Artists”.
Brewster Art Gallery, New York, USA

La Luce della Pietra”, International Sculture Exhibition.
Pietrasanta and Lucca, Italy.

1993

Romanelli Gallery, Florence, Italy.

Gallerie Von Abercron, Munich, Germany.

“Terzo millenio Pianeta Azzurro”. Museo di Scultura a
Fregene, Roma, Italy.

1992

Shurini Gallery, London, England.

Lucus Gallery, London, England.

1990

Art Hamburg ‘90, Müller”. Sarmiento Gallery, Hamburg,
Germany.

1988

III Bienal de Escultura”. Museo Francisco Narvaéz, Porlamar,
Margarita, Venezuela.

1985

III Edición premio Eugenio Mendoza
Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundación Eugenio Mendoza,
Caracas, Venezuela.

1984

La Donna Creativa”. International Women Sculptors
Exhibition, Pietrasanta, Italy.

1983

Sculptors Living in Versilia”. Pietrasanta, Italy.

Artists in Camaiore”. Fiera di Ognissanti, Camaiore, Italy.

1979

Sculptors and Artisans”. Historic Center, Pietrasanta, Italy.

1978

Group Exhibition of Venezuelan Artists”, Huelva, Spain.

1973

Salon Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas”. Caracas, Venezuela.

MUSEUMS

Wyoming State Museum, Wyoming, USA.

Museo dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Museo del Parco Portofino, Portofino, Italy.

Represented in many private collections in Venezuela, Italy, Holland, Germany, USA, England and Canada.