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Felipe Ehrenberg

Felipe Ehrenberg es un artista multidisciplinadoSu producción abarca dibujo, pintura, gráfica, obra 3-D y artes performáticasDurante su estancia en Inglaterra (1968-1974) fundó la editora ‘Beau Geste Press’, a través de la cual se dieron a conocer artistas del más alto calibre, en especial, los del movimiento ‘Fluxus’. Su producción disminuyó durante el tiempo que le dedicó a la reconstrucción, tras el Sismo del ’85, cuando vivió en Tepito (1985-1996). Aun así, realizó Pretérito Imperfecto, muestra itinerante en torno a los 500 años de la invasión europea, lanzada por el Museo Carrillo Gil, en 1992. En el 2008 Ehrenberg celebró sus bodas de oro profesionales con una muestra retrospectiva titulada “Manchuria – visión periférica” en el Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de México, que viajó por el país y se presentó en EUA, terminando en la Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2010). Teórico, ensayista y columnista especializado, reunió sus textos en “Vidrios rotos y el ojo”, libro publicado por el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (1995). Impartió el seminario “El arte de vivir del arte” durante más de 20 años. Posteriormente, lo resumió en un libro con el mismo título (Biombo Negro Editores, 1991). Fungió como agregado cultural de México en Brasil del 2001 al 2006. Recientemente expuso obra inédita en Ciudad de México (Cartas a México) y São Paulo (Apocalipstick). Reside en São Paulo con su esposa, la periodista Lourdes Hernández Fuentes. Ahí animan el Salón Calavera, un ‘paladar’ que sirve lo más granado de la gastronomía mexicana.
English version
Born in Mexico City in 1943, Felipe Ehrenberg trained as a printer, then as a visual and graphic artist under various teachers and mentors, notably muralist Jose Chavez Morado and esculptor Mathias Goeritz. Recognized in Mexico as a draughtsman and a painter, he is better known on an international level for his achievements in less orthodox forms of visual creativity such as mail and media art, performance and installation works. He has held over 100 solo shows and has been included in more than 200 major group shows and biennials in major cities worldwide. Ehrenberg is especially respected as a book artist, a field in which he is recognized to be a seminal proponent. While living in England, in the early seventies, he co-founded the Beau Geste Press. Under his guidance, the BGP published his work and that of a number of important visual poets, conceptualists, neo-dadaists and experimental artists, many of whom were closely linked to the Fluxus movement. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and German, Ehrenberg has been a guest artist at art centers and cultural institutions at home and abroad, such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico, the Manuel Belgrano Academy of Art of Buenos Aires, and the Washington Project for the Arts. He is also a welcomed juror, speaker and panelist at national and international cultural encounters. He is an assiduous essayist and specializes on art theory and contemporary culture. A selected anthology of his published texts, titled Vidrios rotos y el ono que los ve (Broken glass and the eye that looks at it)”, was issued early in 1996 by the Consejo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes (CNCA), in Mexico. For this achievements in art and related activities, Ehrenberg has been distinguished several awards, foremost the Roque Dalton Medal (1987) for his social work during the aftermath   of the Salvadoran earthquake, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1976), a Fulbright Lecturing Award and Mexico’s CNCA Grant for Mid-career Artists (1991). He was also awarded the Femirama Prize (Argentine, 1968) for painting, and the Perpetua Prize for book design and illustration (England, 1974). He was twice chosen as a Fellow in Mexico’s National System for Creators (1993-1999). Felipe Ehrenberg is the father of three adults, has begun loosing count of his grandchildren, and is married to journalist and gourmet Lourdes Hernandez-Fuentes. He was, until May, 2006, Mexico’s Cultural Attache in Brasil. At present he lives in Sao Paulo.

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