With an inauguration on January 9th at Punta del Este space of Galería del Paseo, the Argentine painter Juan José Cambre exhibited a series of works made in recent times. Cambre's geometric paintings occupied Galería del Paseo until yesterday afternoon, forming part of a series of short-term exhibitions.

Después de Ford Beckam (2018), acrílico sobre tela, Juan José Cambre. Ph: cortesía Galería del Paseo.

"Bonino did not understand the language, but the meaning was understood in an exceptional way. That's what interests me about the poetic. The way it does not really matter if something is understood or not. " These are Juan José Cambre (Buenos Aires 1948) words. Bachelor of architecture, but dedicated his whole life to painting, Cambre has a fascination for figures such as Kazimir Malevich -the Ukrainian painter, founder of suprematism-, artists who take art from its mere representative function. As Lucrecia Palacios Hidalgo explains in the text that accompanies the exhibition of the Argentinean artist in Galería del Paseo, it is evident how throughout Cambre’s career different traditional elements of painting were disappearing from her works: first the themes, later the marked brushstrokes and, finally, the color. 

Using geometric motifs and a monochrome palette, Juan José Cambre’s paintings are located within a poetic universe where the voice of different artists - Manuel Peralta Ramos, Jorge Bonino, Kazimir Malevich, etc - is mixed forming a unique polyphony. "It's not about appropriations or appointments; he builds with them something like a 'poetic zone', a territory of alliances and conversations, an anti-pedagogical context for his pieces where the meaning is suspended, "writes Palacios Hidalgo.

About Juan José Cambre

Juan José Cambre was born in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1948. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires, where he graduated as an architect in 1974. In 1976, he already won an award for his work in the set design of a theater play. Since then, he has received mentions such as the First Prize of Paintings Salon ¨Manuel Belgrano¨ (1981) and the First Prize Trabucco, National Academy of Fine Arts (2005).

Since the mid 70s to the present it has been exhibited in multiple spaces such as the Recoleta Cultural Center, the Federico Klemn Foundation, the Vasari Gallery and the Caraffa Museum in Córdoba, among others.

He is for sure one of the most recognized figures of contemporary Argentine art.