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Born in 1939, Manuel Mérida studied at the School of Fine Arts of Valencia, Venezuela from 1950 through 1958. From then, he became one of the best representatives of the informalism trend and gestural art of his country. He worked as scenographer for the theater, decorator for the cinema and designer for advertising for Christian Dior, Guerlain, Cartier, Chanel, American Express, Madame Figaro, etc. In 1970 Mérida worked in Cruz-Diez’s studio where he developed the concepts of space and movement, confirming his interest in the material and the gesture.

Through his work, the artist wants to avoid proposing a fixed and unique vision, by playing with the variations of the colored material (pigments, sand, powder of coal, particles of wood, painted metal, etc.) contained in his monochromes. The works are always mobile. Forms, dimensions and colors are always different. They consist of boxes of square or circular forms, protected by a glass plate, turning around a central axis. Some pieces work with a manual rotor, they revolve abruptly activated by the hand of the spectator. Others, activated by an engine, move slowly.

Every movement create a new unexpected monochrome. The organic matter is melted, creating forms renewed in the infinity. Manuel Mérida uses the potentialities of fate to create a work in perpetual transformation. The images shaped by the material in rotation offer a hypnotizing effect on the spectator who contemplates it.

Espace Meyer Zafra presented for the first time in 2001 a monographic exhibition of Manuel Mérida and has been regularly showing his work on Fairs and collective exhibitions. In 2011 the gallery presented the new creation, especially an amazing installation. Merida comes from the second generation of South American kinetic artists. His work are presented in private and public collections in the USA, in France, in Great Britain and in Switzerland.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Manuel Mérida - RetrospectiveEspace Meyer Zafra
2000
Manuel MéridaEscuela de Bellas Artes
1995
Manuel MéridaEmbassy of Venezuela
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Cercle Orange, 2014

Painted wood, glass, powder pigment, motor
47 1/4 in diameter
120 cm diameter
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New Canaan
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Born in 1939, Manuel Mérida studied at the School of Fine Arts of Valencia, Venezuela from 1950 through 1958. From then, he became one of the best representatives of the informalism trend and gestural art of his country. He worked as scenographer for the theater, decorator for the cinema and designer for advertising for Christian Dior, Guerlain, Cartier, Chanel, American Express, Madame Figaro, etc. In 1970 Mérida worked in Cruz-Diez’s studio where he developed the concepts of space and movement, confirming his interest in the material and the gesture.

Through his work, the artist wants to avoid proposing a fixed and unique vision, by playing with the variations of the colored material (pigments, sand, powder of coal, particles of wood, painted metal, etc.) contained in his monochromes. The works are always mobile. Forms, dimensions and colors are always different. They consist of boxes of square or circular forms, protected by a glass plate, turning around a central axis. Some pieces work with a manual rotor, they revolve abruptly activated by the hand of the spectator. Others, activated by an engine, move slowly.

Every movement create a new unexpected monochrome. The organic matter is melted, creating forms renewed in the infinity. Manuel Mérida uses the potentialities of fate to create a work in perpetual transformation. The images shaped by the material in rotation offer a hypnotizing effect on the spectator who contemplates it.

Espace Meyer Zafra presented for the first time in 2001 a monographic exhibition of Manuel Mérida and has been regularly showing his work on Fairs and collective exhibitions. In 2011 the gallery presented the new creation, especially an amazing installation. Merida comes from the second generation of South American kinetic artists. His work are presented in private and public collections in the USA, in France, in Great Britain and in Switzerland.

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