Pieces of gold: Cesar Baracca's mosaics

This Saturday afternoon in Rome, finds my thoughts going to my dearest friend in London, Cesar Baracca.
His amazing three-dimensional mosaics made by credit cards pieces, placed on a square - a wooden support 20x20cm - are a celebration of our fragmented era.

The long history of money goes from shells to plastic cards. Cesar amuses himself by cutting our credit cards into million pieces and re-arranging them onto a piece of square wood. The object/card lose is status to enter into a new world of combination of colours and shapes. This is the world of Cesar Baracca, where his pieces of art are a cry of delight for the spectator.

Born in Rosario, Argentina in 1959, Cesar Baracca studied Fine Arts at The National University in Rosario, where he later taught sculpture as an assistant professor during 1988 and 1989. He is one of the Co-Founders of the Argentine art groups La Vaca (1988) and RoZarte (1989), which achieved renown for being among the first groups emerging during the nascent New Argentinean democracy.
Baracca has contributed to over fifty exhibitions, worked as part of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Reichstag Project (1995) in Berlin, and assisted artist Rob Miller in producing murals for the Vermont/Santa Monica Metro station in Los Angeles, (1997). His recent group exhibitions include shows held at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the National Museum of Fine Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Zizi Gallery Mayfair in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rosario, Argentina, where three pieces entered the permanent collection. He is currently interested in mosaic technology, appropriation art, issues of representation, production processes, and recessional aesthetics.

Last month, the Open House/Casa Abierta event took place in London. I paid my visit to the Argentine Ambassador's Residence where works of the most representative Argentinean artists where on show for about a week.
These above are a couple of shots of Cesar's latest work.


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