ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo painting exhibition BLACK LIFE from the renown Argentinian artist CLAUDIO RONCOLI, next Thursday, July 10 at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present at the exhibition. Among other locations, part of this exhibition was presented in Uruguay, at the Centro de Exposiciones SUBTE, one of the most prestigious art and cultural centers in the city of Montevideo. Claudio Roncoli was born in Argentina in 1971. He studied art at the Escuela Nacional Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires and took screen printing and painting workshops under Andrea Moccio and Cristina Dartiguelongue, respectively. He has held solo and group shows at important galleries and cultural centers in Argentina, and in cities such as Lima, Peru; Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; Montevideo, Uruguay; Mexico City and Saltillo, Mexico; Quebec, Canada; Miami, USA; Rome, Italy; London, England; and Barcelona, Spain. On this occasion, Roncoli presents a selection both current and critical of twelve works created using large-format mixed media, wherein he uses carefully recycled and reinvented images to confront us with direct questions regarding topics such as compulsive consumption, fashion, gender violence, dark intentions, and power struggles on a small and large scale. Playing with a not-so-subtle collage of images, a laugh—perhaps sarcastic at first—may escape the spectator, but the message is made more than clear. The renowned Argentine critic Rodrigo Alonso writes about this series: “In recent years, Roncoli’s work has seemed to become darker and more pessimistic. But at bottom, his attitude has not ostensibly changed. The pieces that comprise his Black Life series (2012) only make the critical weight of his previous works more visible or explicit. Here, violence, chaos, and death are the emerging results of a world that has aggravated its misery and its crises. Atomic explosions, car crashes, and military jets make up a landscape of strong political connotations, where he lays bare the threat of a power that exceeds all human proportions, and whose promise is none other than extermination or oppression.” About Roncoli’s work, Roberto Ascóniga comments in the text of the exhibit catalogue in Montevideo: “Playful, fun, scathing, manipulative. Claudio Roncoli seems to mock others and ourselves, provoking smiles. He tackles fashion, advertising, with the use that marketing makes of values, women, and family, slogans and catch phrases. The montage defines his work quite well, a collage of images. An expert connoisseur through his own direct contact and experience, as well as his time behind the scenes, he uses the full range of artillery employed by the media, marketing, and adversiting to create his art. (…) The visual medium exudes/creates something else, another transparency. It maintains a sensation, an inner vibration, like background cosmic radiation that erupts and shines from all around (…). This, on the other hand, is the very source of his affirmation of artificiality: the artificial, manipulated, created. The synthetic, plastic, plasticized.” The exhibition may be viewed through August 2, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.