PINTA, London

PINTA is Europe’s only art fair dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Returning to Earls Court Exhibition Centre for its fourth edition, the event offers visitors the chance to view and purchase work by eminent artists from South America, Spain and Portugal. The programme of events includes speakers from Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Barbican and Tate, besides Modern PINTA Solo Shows to honour influential painters, Cesar Paternosto and Luis Tomasello. There will also be PINTA Projects curated by Catherine Petitgas and Kiki Mazzucchelli, the UK launch of ART Numérique, a reflection on the relationship between art and technology, curated by Rolando J Carmona and the return of PINTA Design curated by Manuel Díaz Cebrian. The event runs 4 – 7 June.

This year over 60 galleries from across Europe and the Americas will exhibit works, which is the largest number of galleries in the show’s four year history. Among the many highlights will be; Galeria Graça Brandao and Galeria Filomena Soares from Portugal, who exhibit works by influential Brazilian artist Lygia Pape and experimental Portuguese artist Helena Almeida, Ivorypress from Madrid leave their hometown for the first time and exhibit at an international art fair, bringing abstract painter Juan Uslé and young Cuban collective, Los Carpinteros, Galería Nieves Fernández presents Jordi Alcaraz, and finally Espacio Mínimo showcases works by Juan Luis Moraza.

Within the galleries, notable participants from Brazil include Baró Gallery in Sao Paulo, who will show groundbreaking performance artist, Felipe Ehrenberg and Galeria Murilo Castro from Belo Horizonte, presents master engraver, Arthur Luiz Piza. Additional South American galleries include Emma Molina from Mexico and Nueveochenta Arte Contemporáneo from Colombia.

Aside from the outstanding range of galleries, PINTA Projects – curated by collector and patron, Catherine Petitgas, and Brazilian curator, Kiki Mazzucchelli – will focus on young Latin American artists living and working in Europe. Those included are, Peruvian artist Armando Andrade, represented by Carl Freedman Gallery and Brazilian artists Tonico Lemos and Rodrigo Matheus, with Stephen Friedman Gallery and Fortes Vilaça respectively.

For the first time, PINTA London will also present the first edition of ART Numérique – an innovative exhibition of works focused on technology and curated by Rolando J Carmona, which will recognise a unique genre of art that has been developing in Latin America for the last 50 years. To represent this theme, three artists whose practice reflects on the internet have been selected, including: Argentine conceptual artist Marta Minujin, Venezuelan artist, poet and computer programmer Yucef Merhi and the Venezuelan artist Santiago Torres.

Regularly celebrating the work of influential painters, PINTA Solo Shows applauds Cesar Paternosto, a leader in Latin American Geometric Abstraction and Luis Tomasello, master of kinetic art.

PINTA, 4 – 7 June, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London.

1. Gaston Ugalde, Flying Colors X 2012. Image courtesy of Hardcore Art Contemporary Space.