Artist Statement -

Like a musician playing by ear and improvising as he goes, my art begins not with cautious preliminary sketches but working directly on the chosen surface and completing a work in one sitting. When I begin, I never know what will manifest itself. I start by doodling and when I feel as though things are happening, I follow. Whatever is in my mind has to go through my arm, my hand, so to avoid interference I choose materials that let me work quickly. When finished, I don't go back and re-work it. This approach allows a more spontaneous and intuitive way of creating art.
My art has its roots in Latin American and European Surrealism, a movement that believes art holds the key to unlock the inner workings of the mind, and reveals aspects of the psyche otherwise hidden. Diverse recurrent symbols appear in my work as manifestations of my life experiences, some of which are closely related to my Latin American cultural heritage and my life in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I find adapting to a new culture both rewarding and enriching. The process is often helped by the intuitive approach with which I create my art. Similarly, after many years abroad I have new insights on my native country when home visiting family. As I mark sixteen years in the United States, the imagery in my work continues to evolve, reflecting my identity in two cultures and my experience in many places.

Marcelo Novo

Artist Exhibitions

2008 “MARCELO NOVO Buenos Aires/Columbia, SC 1985-1994”. If ART Gallery, Columbia, SC.

2008 ”Space, Place, Life”, Chautauqua Lecture Series, Juror: Arturo Sandoval. Fred P. Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

2007 “The Connection”, a juried traveling exhibition showcasing the connection between South Carolina and the island of Barbados. Organized by The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, show will travel in 2007-2008 through South Carolina and Barbados, West Indies.

2007 “FOOTLONG” National Juried Exhibition, Juror: Stephen Fleming, Director Roswell Artist in Residence Program. Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, NM.

2007 “Juncture”. HoFP Gallery, Columbia, SC.

2007 “2007 NBSC Oil Open Invitational” (Third Place), Juror: Sandra Rupp, Director of Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC. The Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC.

2006 “Losing the Reference: Marks of Time, Mysteries of Passage”, Curator: Liisa Salossari Jasinski. Upstairs [artspace], Tryon, NC.

2006 “Accessibility Columbia: Making History on Main Street” (installation art project), Curator: Mary Gilkerson, Professor of Art, Columbia College. Main Street, Downtown Columbia, SC.

2006 “The Unlikely Target”, Juror: Brad Thomas, Director and Curator for Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC.

2006 “Discovering Contemporary Art in the Carolinas”, Juror: Mark Sloan, Director of the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Fayetteville Museum Of Art, Fayetteville, NC.

2006 “South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition”, Guest Curator: Wim Roefs. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

2005 “Flow” (one-person show). HoFP Gallery, Columbia, SC.

2004 “ART at WAR/The Artist’s Voice”. Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2004 7th Street Windows Project, competition organized by McColl Center for Visual Art. Transamerica Building, Charlotte, NC.

2003 “Diez Años/Ten Years, 1992-2002” (retrospective show). Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC.

2002 “Narrative as Art” (an invitational exhibit). DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, FL.

2002 “What’s New” An exhibition of art by Carolina artists. McColl Center for Visual Art’s Spirit Square Galleries, Charlotte, NC.

2001 “Accessibility” (invitational/installation), sponsored by The Sumter County Cultural Commission, Downtown Sumter, SC.

2001 “Latin American Graphics” (invitational/showcase & auction). The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA.

2001 “The Missing World” 2001 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition (installation art). Sponsored by the City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs. Old City Jail, Charleston, SC.

1999 “Artist in the City” The Legacy of the Faculty Resource Network. Cinque Gallery,
New York, NY.

1999 “Daydreams of Argentina” (solo exhibition). Noel Gallery, Charlotte, NC.

1999 America Oh, Yes!, Washington, DC (solo exhibition).

1998 Universidad del Calca, Popayan, Colombia.

1998 “Triennial ‘98”-Joint project of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina State Museum. South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC.

1997 Selections from the South Carolina Arts Commission State Art Collection. Frank G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC.

1996 “Signs, of Contemporary Art 1998 – 1995”, State Art Collection. South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC.

1996 “Inconsciencias” (one-person-show). Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1996 Art Station Arts Festival. Summer Olympic Games, Stone Mountain, GA.

1994 Casa Italiana Cultural Center, New York University, New York City, NY.

1993 “Relief Prints” (Exhibition and lecture about the exhibited works). Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, SC.

1992 Alejandro Shaw Art Competition for Young Artists. Salas Nacionales de Exposicion, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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