Tomás Saraceno

Biography of Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno's unique blend of art, architecture, and science is instantly recognizable in his striking installations and sculptural work. Drawing inspiration from the organic forms of spider webs, soap bubbles, and cloud formations, he produces large-scale immersive environments that propose alternative ways of living and utopian visions of the future. Saraceno's profound interest in science and technology has lead to collaborations with astrophysicists, engineers, and biologists, the outcome of which are interactive works that question notions of perception, time, and space.

Born in 1973 in Argentina, Tomás Saraceno studied under Olafur Eliasson at Ca' Foscari University of Venice between 2003 and 2004 and was subsequently artist-in-residence at the International Space Studies Program of NASA. His time working with Eliasson, the renowned Danish-Icelandic artist, as well as his time collaborating with NASA, influenced his work profoundly, and it is now characterized by an idiosyncratic fusion of nature and cosmology. Using materials both organic and man-made in his compelling floating biospheres, Saraceno's practice pairs a strong ecological awareness with a keen interest in technological developments. His editions and prints reflect his continued engagement with the natural world and the cosmos

Awarded the Alexander Calder Prize in 2009 and the 1822-Kunstpreis, Frankfurt in 2010, Tomás Saraceno has exhibited at many renowned institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin and the Venice Biennale. The Berlin-based artist's work can be found in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

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