Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery presents, for the first time in Dominican Republic, the well-known Venezuelan artist based in Paris, Milton Becerra, with his solo show “Haiku – La Manera de Construir el Mundo”. The opening with the artist’s presence will be held at the gallery on September 18th, 2014, starting at 7:30 pm.
As one of the most visible Venezuelan artists, Becerra has created art for over three decades. With the exhibition “Haiku - Manera de Construir el Mundo” the artist presents 13 new pieces, including wall installations. The title takes its cue from Japanese haiku poetry, which can also be found in Wayuu literature. The essence of the traditional poem is the juxtaposition of two images or ideas, presented together and connected through a word that relates the two separate elements. Becerra’s art is in itself very similar to haiku poetry as his works possess a similar essence. He creates art full of juxtapositions with elements related by a theme or an idea that he then presents in a way that is conceptually and aesthetically poetic in its own way.
In 1980 he relocates to Paris, where he currently lives and works. His exhibits start in 1970, while he was still a student in La Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristóbal Rojas in Caracas, graduating in 1972. In 1973 he was awarded with the first prize at the III National Show of Young Artists. In this same year, he executes his first solo show in Caracas’ Ateneo. In 1976, he presents “Módulos programados”, his first solo show at Caracas’ Museum of Modern Art. His work is currently represented at numerous international public and private collections. As from 1980 he participates as special guest in important Biennales and Museums (selection): XI Paris Biennale (1980); XVIII Sao Paulo Biennale – in situ installation - Meteorito, Brasil (1985); Arte Amazonas International Works ECO 92, Museum of Modern Art, Río de Janeiro, Brasil (1992); Klima Global Art Amazonas, Ludwig-Forum Museum, Aachen, Germant (1994); XXIV Ponteviedra Biennale, Galicia, Espańa (1996); II Biennale Barro de América, Latin-American Memorial, Sao Paulo, Brasil (1998); EV+A International Visual Art, Limerick, Ireland (2003); Camouflage, Rhone Museum, Lyon, France (2005); 3 Jardins, Fabre Garden Plants Museum, Montpellier, France (2006); First Caribbean Triennial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2010); 2011 Latin-American Experience, Fine Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (2011); Emplazando Mundos, I Panama Biennale (2013.) Recognitions (selection): Omar Carreńo Award in Conceptual Art, Venezuela Architects School, Caracas (2014); AICA Award (International Association of Art Critics) for his International Projection (2008); Honorable Mention EST92, Tijuana, México (1998).