PINTA: a Latin Art Invasion

Come June, the colours, lines and movement of Latin American art will burst out in West London. In its third edition – and its very first in Europe – PINTA, the Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show, will arrive. Usually only in New York, this year the event gains a London leg, promising to bring together works by the most influential of artists from over 50 galleries from the USA, the Americas and Europe.

According to Mauro Herlitzka, one of the directors of the fair, right from the first edition it was always evident that one day a European PINTA would be in order: “London’s the perfect place, for its interest in art from different parts of the world, its curious audience and a central market for the arts. We now have the maturity after NY to do it [here]”.

There are two Brazilian galleries on the list of those selected to participate in the event, being Baró and Nara Roesler, both from São Paulo. Other galleries are also getting a lot of attention (see Top 3  Galleries below), and among the artists expected to steal the show are Regina Silveira, Artur Lescher, León Ferrari, Cao Guimarães, Sebastião Salgado, Ligia Pape, Ligia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Vik Muniz and Mira Schendel.

Beyond the stands, PINTA will also hold two exhibitions: a tribute to the Venezuelan painter Carlos Cruz-Diez, and a show by the Cuban artist Carmen Herrera, known for reinterpreting geometric abstraction. A rare opportunity to see up close the sheer richness of Latin art all in one space, and on European soil.

PINTA Art Fair @ Earls Court
June 3rd-6th, £8-£15

A fast chat with Daniel Roesler, director of Nara Roesler Gallery

PINTA helps museums obtain art. Have Nara artists been sourced like so?
MOMA (NY) aquired work by Palatnik, Cao Guimarães and Antonio Manuel, and MALI, in Peru, work by Milton Machado.

Which artists will you bring this year?
Antonio Dias, Antonio Manoel, Hélio Oiticica, Milton Machado, Cão Guimarães, Brígida Baltar & Artur Leshcer.

Who do you think will go down well?
Oiticica, first to exhibit at TATE Modern, is highly sought after in London. Cão has exhibited at the Gasworks; he and Antonio Manuel are part of the TATE’s collection, and Antonio Dias just had a large solo exhibition in the Daros collection in Zurich.

The Top 3 Galleries to watch out for at PINTA

Baró – São Paulo
One of Brasil’s leaders, Baró Galeria will bring artists such as Mariannita Luzzati, Carlos Fajardo, Felipe Barbosa, Claudia Jaguaribe and Toby Christian

Nara Roesler – São Paulo
Due to bring big artists such as Oiticica and Paulo Bruscky, and newer ones like Cao Guimarães. See Jungle’s interview across the page with the gallery’s director

Arevalo – Miami
The North American gallery specialises in Latin American art from the 20th century, with big names such as Lygia Clark, Diego Rivera and Alfredo Volpi.

By Júlia Bolliger


  1. mary

    Here is a link to an Interview with Alejandro Zaia (Chairman of the Pinta Art Fair) as well as information on the upcoming Pinta 2010 Fair in New York…

    Hope you find it interesting – Saludos!

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