Artist Bio and Available Art Pieces
Hamburg, Germany, November 1, 1922
INFLUENCES: in the beginning of Cubism
– Special Mention Prize- Biennial Maria de los Buenos Aires at the “International Women’s Year,” Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires (1975)
– Prize “Salon d’Automne” – Society of Artists, Buenos Aires (1975)
– “Eduardo Sívori” Award, Silver Medal – 64th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires (1976)
– “Sadao Ando” Prize, Gold Medal – 68th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires (1979)
– Second Prize “Salon d’Automne” – Municipality of San Isidro, Buenos Aires Province (1981)
– “2003 Achievement Award” – Latin American Art Museum, Miami, USA (2003)
EXHIBITIONS: Since 1970, he exhibited at Argentinian galleries such as Van Riel Gallery, Rubinstein Gallery, L’Atelier Gallery, America Gallery, Lagard Gallery, Convivium, Cascales, Lorenzutti, Nice, Attica, Zurbaran, Praxis, Ursomarzo and Arroyo, San Pedro Telmo Gallery, L’Atelier, among others. Also, He participated in arteBA (International Fair of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, in 2001) in Praxis Gallery (Lima, Peru). His work was present at the Biennial CISA (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1969); at the 58th National Exhibition of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires, 1969..); at the Municipal Hall “Manuel Belgrano” (1970); Hall of Campana, Province of Buenos Aires (1970).; Municipal Hall “Manuel Belgrano” (Buenos Aires, 1971); Hall of Tucuman (1971); Hall of Rosario (Province of Santa Fe, 1971);
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1922, Roma Gerber was translated to a concentration camp in Poland with her sister and mother in 1939; meanwhile her father was waiting for them in Argentina. Miraculously, they were able to escape: they traveled from Paris to Lisbon and sailed to Buenos Aires.
Geber loved art since she was a girl. In Hamburg, her parents tried to enroll her at the School of Fine Arts but she was not accepted for being Jewish. She learned from books and throughout their long journeys to visit museums around the world.
Great admirer of Picasso, Braque and Pettoruti, she began painting with cubist imprint. Then, she started making works with expressionist seal and loaded material (sometimes she cut stones and included them as texture); also portraits. El Miedo (Fear) (1972), where a man is disfigured by the panic of being killed by the Nazis is, Aguardan sin Esperanza (Awaiting hopelessly) (1972) and Lo que no se veía de este lado (What was not seen this side) (1990) are some of her works based on the horror of concentration camps.
In her urban or natural landscapes, it is rare to find human figures. They are desert, disturbing sites, where we can see the ruins of standing buildings, doors, facades and crumbling walls; some hungry dogs and pigeons.
Between the walls, you can see sky fragments or vegetation. They are places that the artist discovered and sketched in her tours to La Boca and San Telmo, and then took it into her paintings. She also painted hulls of old ships, vanquished by time, that she saw as she toured the river on the boat that her husband had, and they used to navigate with to Uruguay. There is a sense of stopped time in her pictures as if they had been captured after a tragedy.
With an exhaustive study of light and shadow, she impacts the realism of her cityscapes. Thoughtful, Geber painted some works for ten years. “While I work with matter, I become it,” says the artist, painting by layering acrylic and oil.
“Everything I lived in Germany left its mark: the passage of time and death are always present in my works,” says Geber. She adds that she proposed to “convey an intensely living experience.” Her aspiration, she says, is “to invite a reflection on the human condition.”
They shake those blank stares, panicked, its desert and sea cityscapes where the flood progresses. All our actions are fled from death. There is no alternative: every step in life, says Georg Simmel, is a temporary approach to death. And that seems to be the core of the work of Roma Gerber.
Auction SHA Exhibition (Buenos Aires, 1972); Hall of Rosario, Province of Santa Fe (1972).; Museum of Fine Arts, “Eduardo Sívori” (1973); Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (1973); 63rd National Exhibition of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires, 1974); Auction Exhibition Society of Artists, Buenos Aires (1974); Biennial “Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires, the International Women’s Year”, Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires (1975); 64th National Exhibition of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires, 1975); “Women and Painting”, National Savings, Buenos Aires, 1975); Marine Group Exhibition, Gallery The Nauta (Buenos Aires, 1975). In “Artists of Argentina” (Gallery 2002, California, USA, 1977); Art-Expo exhibition-West (Los Angeles, USA, 1980). From 1994 to 2001 he held exhibitions in Israel, USA
– Squirm, Rafael, Geber: townscape – imágenes urbanas. Buenos Aires, Ediciones Arte al Día, 1997.