A FAREWELL TO ARTIST ABRAHAM PALATNIK, EXPLORER OF TECHNOLOGICAL POSSIBILITIES OF ART
Abraham Palatnik, pioneer of the so-called technological art in Brazil, died victim of Covid-19 on Saturday May 9th.
Essential artist, he remained active and produced relevant works - for Brazil and the world - until the end of his life. Palatnik stands out for its unique trajectory, having expanded the paths of the visual arts in its artistic production when dealing with issues involving art, science and technology. An inventive artist, with his creativity he developed machinery that, in addition to the aesthetic issue, points to the diversity of artistic experimentation he built over his more than 60 years of career.
The artist has a peculiar background: between 1942 and 1945 he studied at the Technical School Montefiori, in Tel Aviv, and specialized in explosion engines - going on to study art in the studio of the painter Haaron Avni and the sculptor Sternshus, and studying aesthetics with Shor. This initial specialization was essential for Palatnik to take the lead in artistic productions linked to technology.
Palatnik argued that industries should hire artists, arguing that they have "a perceptual potential that can solve countless problems". He also said that the issue was not related to a type of artist or specific perception, but to the fact that artists can solve problems that require a look beyond traditional rules.
His career was marked by essential meetings, but the one with the artists Almir Mavignier, Ivan Serpa and Mário Pedrosa deserves to be highlighted. At this moment, he started to visit the ateliers of the Psychiatric Hospital of Engenho de Dentro and got in touch with the work of Nise da Silveira. "The impact of visits to Engenho de Dentro and conversations with Mário Pedrosa demolished my convictions regarding art," said Palatnik. From the exchanges with Pedrosa, the artist breaks away from a classic artistic production, which prioritizes the brush and the realistic handling of paints, and starts experimenting with light. *