ENRICO ARMAS

(1957) Sculptor and painter. He started his exhibition activity as a sculptor in 1973, at age 16. In that first exhibition (Sala Ocher, Caracas), his pieces seemed, according to Juan Calzadilla, more open "to material expressiveness, rather than the virtuosity of form" (1973). In 1977 he receives the Pepino Acquavella Prize at the V National Youth Hall of Caracas. At this time he studies at El Cegra with teachers like Manuel Espinoza and Alirio Palacios. In 1978 he received a scholarship from the French government and traveled to Paris, studied sculpture and engraving at the School of Decorative Arts in Nice (1978-1980), at the School of Fine Arts in Paris and later in graphic arts at the School of Decorative Arts. At the same time, he completed internships at the School of Fine Arts in Paris with the sculptor Étienne Martin, one of his most influential teachers. In 1981 he returned to Venezuela and studied at the Neumann Institute until 1983, when he resumed his studies at El Cegra, to graduate in 1984. The work of this multi-faceted plastic artist is based on technical freedom, languages ​​and genres, and rupture Of the styles.