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Pedro Terán - Bio

Background

  • Based: Caracas
  • Born: 1943, Venezuela
  • Education: Cristobal Rojas School of Fine Arts, Caracas

Distinctions

Between 1961 and 1964 Terán studied in the "Cristobal Rojas" School of Fine Arts, Caracas. He began to exhibit individually in 1964. He continued his artistic formation in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (1964-1966) and in the London Film School, in London (1972-1974). 

From the end of the 1960s his work was characterized by tackling and reflecting upon diverse languages and visual strategies: photography, interventions in urban and rural public spaces, performances and installations. Pedro Terán is considered one of the pioneers in bringing about the appreciation, understanding and popularization of Conceptual Art in Venezuela. His work has nourished the language and practice of recent productions from Venezuelan artists.

He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both nationally internationally, such as Unlimited Art , in the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1969); The Multiple Competition, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1969); Postal Exhibition, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham (1972); Cuerpo de Exposition, Ateneo de Caracas (1974); Blancas Paredes, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas (1976); Polagrams Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1979); Primer Coloquio Latinoamericano de Arte no Objetual, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin (1981); Dorado, Espacio Alterno, Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas (1983); XVIII Sao Paolo International Biennial (1986); Reino de Manoa en la Habana, Galeria Imago, IV Havana Biennial (1991); Contrast/Contrastes, 10 Venezuelan Artists, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C. (1994); Pedro Terán, Territorios de lo Ilusorio y lo Real (1970-1995), Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas (1995); Espacio Manoa, Museo de las Americas, San Juan, (1997); I Bienal de Artes Visuales del Mercosur, Porto Alegre (1977); Bienal Internacional de Arte Cumana, Venezuela (1998); Pintores y Escultores de America Latina, Biarritz (1999); Bienal Barro de America (Guest Artist), Caracas, (2001); Dibujos de Agua, Spazio Zero, Caracas (2004).

Among the recognitions he has received are Prize in The Multiple Competition, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1969); Premio Arte No Objetual, XXXIX Salon de Artes Visuales, Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia (1981); Premer Premio Seccion Tridimensional, Primer Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales, Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas (1992); Primer Premio Francisco Narvaez, Porlamar - Venezuela (1993); Premio Harry Liepins, LII Salon Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia (1994); Premio Adquisicion I Bienal de Paisaje, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Maracay, Mario Abreu (1996); Premio Arturo Reveron, IXVI Salon Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia (1998); and Premio Instituto Autonomo de Cultura del Estado Nueva Esparta, Bienal de Escultura Francisco Narvaez, Porlamar (2005).
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