Mercedes Pardo (Venezuelan, 1921-2005)
Acrylic on canvas
14 in x 20 in
Mercedes Pardo attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Aplicadas de
Caracas (1941-1944), and studied in Chile (1947) and Paris (1949). She
married Alejandro Otero in 1951. While living In the French capital she
began to produce abstract works which she first presented in 1952, in the
exhibition Espace-Lumiere (Galerie Suzanne Michel, Paris), organized by
Carmelo Arden Quin. When she returned to Venezuela, she showed them
at the Primera muestra de arte abstracto (Galeria Cuatro Muros, Caracas).
From geometric abstraction her work evolved towards the end of the fifties
as she experimented with informalismo. Her new work was included in the
show Espacios vivientes (Maracaibo, 1960), the collective exhibition that
marked the arrival in Venezuela of informalismo.In 1962 she received the
Premio Nacional de Artes Aplicadas along with Alejandro Otero.
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