“Osvaldo is an Argentine artist, curator, and professor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia, New York, Argentina, Austria, etc., “ says gallery co- owner and director, Christine Pfister. “The new paintings and sculptures continue Romberg’s interests in abstraction and abstraction’s historical lineage.”
Pfister says one of the most difficult things she does is decide which artist or artists to bring with her to Miami. Every year Pfister considers the gallery’s overarching goal of alternating between group and solo shows. She then looks at her artists and tries to choose the ones that have worked and are ready for the opportunity.
“The most difficult thing about bringing Pentimenti to Miami is having to say “no" to the artists I decided not to bring,” he says. “It is always a hard decision as I know many artists strive for the opportunity to be in a fair.”
This year this difficult decision led her to Romberg and his unique take on abstraction.
“Osvaldo Romberg is exciting for his clear and refined concepts which distinguish his work, especially his abstract works, from those that deal specifically with visual criteria,” says Pfister. “His works succeed at connecting the 15th century to the 21st, while avoiding the pomposity typical of historically-concerned work.”
“Participating in Art Week allows Pentimenti to gain much needed exposure outside of a local frame. Being there gives us (Pentimenti and the artists represented) credibility and puts on an international stage which in-turn raises the prestige of the gallery program at Pentimenti.” says Pfister.
Pentimenti, as noted based in Philadelphia (145 North Second St.), has a specific aesthetic.
“...usually it is material based, contemporary work that somehow surprises me - whether with color, form, or concept. I search for work that speaks to me and gets me closer to the personal vision I have developed as a curator,” says Pfister. “Additionally, when choosing artists I look for those who have proven that they are serious about their practices and have taken the time to develop an engaging and sincere voice within their work. These are people who have connected their artwork to their livelihood (both financially and/or spiritually), and respect the role the gallery plays in sharing their voice with viewers.”
Pentimenti’s booth, whether showing a group of single artist, is always a highlight of Context/Art Miami. Be sure to drop by and check out Romberg’s work.