arco2018 | Del Infinito presents a solo show by Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos
Del Infinito presents for the first time a Solo Project dedicated to the Argentine artist Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos (Mar del Plata 1939 - Buenos Aires 1992). The exhibition is shown in the exhibition held in Buenos Aires in 2017 and reviews different instances of his career, from 1960 to 1992, focusing mainly on his pieces on canvas and paper that revolve around words, a gesture that transformed him into a unique reference of conceptual and dadaist art in Argentina and Latin America.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos was a self-taught painter, draftsman, singer, actor and philosopher. He always affirmed "I painted without knowing how to paint, I wrote without knowing how to write, I sang without knowing how to sing; the repeated awkwardness became my style". He was a channel of collective thoughts, a quality that changed his life despite his origins, family name and strong family mandate. He was the creator of phrases that resonate in our heads and transformed him into a cult artist, a psychodifferent, as he liked to call himself. These phrases reveal the acute perception of this artist who, building his own path, turned the art world upside down. He knew how to be a standard-bearer of Dadaist and Duchampian formulas against the idea that "Life is art". Federico Manuel could be the most exquisite and intellectual, the most unbridled or the most popular, as well as he could be extremely sensitive and subtle. That is the facet that many of the works included in this project show, where the word with which he knew how to make art, theater, politics and sociology prevails. He was a defender of his own ideologies and never forced his work to fit in, even though he was desperate to be relevant. Not for nothing, whenever he could, he went to the cafe on Uruguay Street in the heart of the city of Buenos Aires, in search of his friend, the former director of the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Rafael Squirru, and approached him anxiously to ask the same question: "Do you think I still have validity?" to which Squirru always answered "yes". He was not wrong because today, twenty-five years after his death, Peralta Ramos continues to be one of the most contemporary and avant-garde artists in Argentinean art scene.