The Master was born in Montevideo. At present he lives and works in Rome. In his Roman atelier he realizes his paintings, sculptures and graphic works.
After graduating from the Faculty of Humanities in Uruguay, he took up historical research until the year 1971, when he moved to Italy where he settled stably. During his last five years in the Uruguayan period he also performed a journalistic role, travelling frequently throughout Latin America and coming across the region’s socio-political issues, taking a particular interest into cultural affairs, which produced manifold articles published in the Montevideo press.
Shortly after arriving in Florence from Montevideo, he directed a one-year seminar at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche on the subject of the History of Latin-American countries and carried on researches in cooperation with qualified group of Italian scholars. He later taught Semiotics of Architecture and Visual Arts at the School of Architecture of Florence.
Upon the advancement of his artistic vocation, in the year 1976 he resolved to abandon the teaching profession and devote himself solely to the film and television industry, alternating this activity with sculpturing and graphic art.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Italo-Uruguayan painter sculptor, graphic artist and architectural design has been living in Italy and Spain for several years. He is an artist to the fullest and widest extent of the word, and is indubitably and unquestionably an architect of birth, which is possibly one of the most important and interesting features characterising a human being, if that is supplemented with artistic quality, an innovative mind, humility and creative capacity, mastering the profession fully. Naturally affable, circumspect, special and different in many respects from all other fellow professionals, he is driven by vocation and feels at ease with himself, which is of the essence when devoting oneself to such a difficult task as art, in which he is always successful.\r\n\r\nHe is a born researcher, and his mind is bent on preparing and trying to fashion something different every second of the day. That is called artistic reasoning, which unfortunately is within reach of a chosen few and Roberto is, without any doubt whatsoever, among them.\r\n\r\nThroughout his extensive career he has touched a thousand and one different elements for his sculptures, giving them shape and, most importantly, life, but at present he is blending in all his works gems or \”natural crystals\” with Murano glass in what is truly a show of beauty and genius, as the great Murano masters. Roberto brings out the entire colour range, shines, transparencies, movements and so a thousand and one details, creating an atmosphere about him, and working on different planes with precision and great forcefulness. His sculptures are sober, slender, and he is truly a master of three-dimensionality, fashioning human figures within amazing figurative abstract expressionism. His works are absolutely eye-catching, with different nuances, depending on the angle at which the same item is viewed. His shapes and colours are diverse, bursting with light and colour, creating optical illusion, affording movement and particularly overall harmony and balance and, very importantly, anyone who can experience the pleasure and delight of standing before one of these sculptures develops a different feeling and sense, for he succeeds in stirring in the mind something sublime and marvellous, making contemplation truly a fruition. Before each of his graphic or sculptural works are completed and finished, prior meticulous work is required, and so are many sketches made and notes taken, and the works are created and measured both manually and by computer, leaving nothing to chance. Only a hint of his art, in the case of sculptures, is left to firing, which is doubtless also wise as nature is.\r\n\r\nAguerre is nowadays indubitably the most original sculptor we can find working Murano glass, given his creative capacity in blending it with precious stones – gems of many varieties – with a very personal and characteristic style.\r\n\r\nAguerre has his graphic works and sculptures permanently exhibited in the country and land where glass was born and I may venture to say that he will go down in history as Gaspar Lehmann, George Ravenscroft, Thomas Webb, Dominik Biemann, Louis Comfort Tiffany, René Lalique and many others have before him.\r\n\r\nAlready in existence around 1500bc, glass is currently a moving, eye-catching material. Glass is currently used for anything from necklaces to glass windows, but Aguerre’s sculptures are purely symbolic of beauty made of Murano glass.
José Luis Marchante Araque – Art Critic
A.I.C.A. – International Art Critics Association
A.E.C.A. – Spanish Art Critics Association
A.M.C.A. – Art Critics Association of Madrid
Opinión del Presidente de la Asociación Madrileña de críticos de Arte Tomás Paredes sobre la tela a óleo Amor América:
“Veo un cisne de fuego rosa encendido, que vuela iluminando la noche y me recuerda a Wallace Stevens, que decía “la poesía es un faisán que se adentra en la oscuridad”. El majestuoso pájaro de colores mágicos, que enciende la noche, como el cisne de ascuas, majestuoso, elegante, tal una sutil brasa voladora. A uno, pobre mortal, le gustaría ser esa manucodiata que da sentido a la fantasía o que hace realidad la fantasía, ¿qué el arte, si no?”
Poema del escritor y periodista uruguayo inspirado por la tela a óleo Acaso ahora sí:
Acaso ahora sí…cuando podamos viajar
hacia el futuro desde donde
hace tiempo nos miran
los más sabios hermanos…
Entonces nos veremos en azules
espejos, de nuevo en Altamira
– u otros sitios – asombrados
del hombre y la mujer o de la lanza.
Del misterio del sol o de las manos
como raíces del aire, en las paredes
de la caverna que nunca abandonamos..
Acaso ahora si – tú lo decías – buscando
en lo sencillo, elemental, la línea pura
tocaremos la esencia de lo humano,
del renovado cotidiano milagro.
Esa sed sin saciar
His entire film career Roberto Aguerre has developed as a director; he is the author of most of the story lines and all the ensuing scripts.
After a good many short documentary and fiction films, he directed his first feature film Elogio della Pazzia (In Praise of Madness) in the year 1984 in Florence, starring Marcel Marceau, freely inspired in the work of Erasmus of Rotterdam, set in the Villa de Lorenzo dei Medici, at Poggio a Caiano. This work was later followed by Un halo pour la lune pleine (The halo of the full moon) also starring Marcel Marceau, this latter film is essentially a musical.
In 1993 he made a seven-part documentary series entitled Uruguay: history, nature, art and culture, a co-production with the R.A.I. (the Italian television network).
A TV Movie Ojos de Amatista ( Amethyst Eyes ) is dated 1996.
In 2013 he terminates the movie “Nightmares and Dreams” as director and author, starring Gabriele Lavia with the special participation of Leopoldo Trieste. This movie will shortly appear in the Uruguayan circuit.
At present he is realizing Amor América ( Love America ), a symphonic poem-cantata dedicated to Latin America, designed for soprano, baritone, mixed choirs and orchestra, of which he is the devisor, librettist and artistic director; music composed arranged and directed by Mº Martín Palmeri.
This opera was recently selected in the 2013 “Program to enhance Latin American Music” IBERMÚSICAS. Following this recognition, the word premier of Amor América will take place in Cuenca (Ecuador) in June 2014 with the symphonic orchestra of this city directed by Mº Medardo Caisabanda.
Select Graphic Works
Collective and personal exhibitions and awards since 1980:
Triennale di Milano. February 1980
Società Umanitaria Award. Milan, June-July 1981
Estate d’Arte. Milan, July-August 1982
Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Florence, November 1983
Galleria Della Bezzuga Award. Florence, May 1984
Museum of Modern Art. Saint Paul, November 1985
Lowe Award. Buenos Aires, March 1987
Desideri Preziosi Award. Rome, December 1988
Orogemma. Vicenza, January 1989
Macef. Milan, September 1990
Oro Capital. Rome, February 1991
Sicilia Oro Award. Taormina, March 1992
Il Tarin Mostra. Caserta, April 1993
Tour del Gioiello. Palermo, October 1994
Oroarezzo. Arezzo, January 1995
Gift. Florence, September 1996
Orogemma. Vicenza, June 1997
Oro Capital. Rome, September 1998
Orolevante Award. Bari, October 1999
Villaseñor Museum. Ciudad Real, February-March 2000
Mora Ochando Art Gallery. Miraflores. Madrid, April 2000
Una mirada latinoamericana Award. Castellón de la Plana. Valencian Community. Spain, May 2000
House od Culture of the Town Hall of San Lorenzo del Escorial. Madrid, April 2001
Great Theatre of the Town Hall of Manzanares Exhibiton Hall. April 2001
Cultural Centre of the Town Hall of Leganés. Madrid, May-June 2001
San José Museum. San José de Mayo. Uruguay, May 2002
Palazzo delle Prigioni. Venice. December 2002
Art Miami. Florida. January 2003
Art Palm Beach. Florida. January 2003
Art Form Palm Beach. Florida. March 2003
SOFA. New York, May-June 2003
SOFA. Chicago, October 2003
Aitor Urdangarin Gallery. Vitoria. País Vasco. Spain. October-November 2003
Sammer Gallery. Puerto Banús – Marbella. Spain. December 2003.
Art Miami. Florida. January 2004
Art Palm Beach. Florida. January 2004
Art Form Palm Beach. Florida. March 2004
SOFA. New York, May-June 2004
Cabildo de Montevideo, august 2004
SOFA. Chicago, October 2004
Art Miami. Florida. January 2005
Art Palm Beach. Florida. January 2005
Art Form Palm Beach. Florida. March 2005
SOFA. New York, May-June 2005
SOFA. Chicago, October 2005
Art Miami. Florida. January 2006
Art Palm Beach. Florida. January 2006
Galleria Aitor Urdangarín. Vitoria. País Vasco. Spagna. November 2007
SOFA. Chicago. October 2008
Art Miami. Florida. January 2009
SOFA. Chicago. October 2010
SOFA. Chicago. October 2012
SOFA. Chicago. October 2013