Nicolás García Uriburu


Buenos Aires, 1937 - 2016

Nicolás García Uriburu was born in Buenos Aires in 1937. He studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, at the same time that he developed his artistic production. In 1954 he held his first solo exhibition of paintings at the Müller Gallery and in 1960 he exhibited at the Lirolay Gallery.
In 1965 he received the Braque Prize and, together with his wife, moved to Paris, where they lived for some time. In 1968 he won the Grand Prize at the National Salon of Plastic Arts, with The Three Graces, a work that approaches pop aesthetics. That same year, at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris, he presented the exhibition entitled Prototypes for an artificial garden, an installation with animals and acrylic plants. On June 19 1968, within the framework of the Venice Biennial, Uriburu carried out his first intervention in nature, coloring the waters of the Grand Canal with fluorescein green (a harmless fluorescent sodium used by NASA). This intervention marks the beginning of a series of actions carried out by the artist, against water pollution, developed later in rivers at New York, Paris and Buenos Aires and in fountains and ports around the world. He also makes a series of paintings in which he represents endangered species, landscapes and South American animals. In 1981, together with the German artist Joseph Beuys, he colored the Rhine and planted 7,000 oaks during Documenta 7 in Kassel. In 1982 he plants 50,000 trees in the streets of Buenos Aires, an action that he will repeat several times. In the 80s he painted the Buenos Aires myths: Eva Perón, Carlos Gardel and the Virgin of Luján. In 1993 he presented Utopia del Sur, an individual exhibition, at the Ruth Benzacar gallery in Buenos Aires. Uriburu is a founding member of Grupo Bosque, with which he participated in the reforestation campaigns in Maldonado, Uruguay, and has participated in joint actions with the Greenpeace organization. Currently the Uriburu Foundation, is responsible for disseminating the art of indigenous people and the work of the artist.


Awards received by Nicolás throughout his career


Braque Prize, Buenos Aires


Le Franc Prize, París


National Grand Prize, Buenos Aires


First Tokyo Biennial Prize, Tokio.


First Otium Ecology, Buenos Aires


Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Fund, Buenos Aires


Konex Platinum Award, Buenos Aires


Creative Careers Award, Center for the Economics of Creativity, CEMA University, Buenos Aires

Nicolás at the national museum of fine arts

2018 - 50 years since the coloration of Venice

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Ecology at Sivori
Ecologias is the name of the exhibition that opens the Sivori Museum, and its core is the relationship between art and nature.
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The Foundation at Proa
From April 21 to July 9, 2018, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Fundación Proa presents the exhibition ARGENTINA PHOTOGRAPH 1850-2010: CONTRADICCIÓN Y CONTINUIDAD.
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Nicolas ¨says present¨ at Frankfurt
Works by Nicolás García Uriburu will be part of "A Tale of Two Worlds", an exhibition where Latin American Art enters into dialogue with the MMK collection -Museum für Moderne Kunst- in Frankfurt
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Utopia of the Bicentennial (1810-2010) 200 years of Pollution

On the International Day of Water, the plastic artist Nicolás García Uriburu and Greenpeace dyed green the waters of the Riachuelo, at the height of the Vuelta de Rocha, in the neighborhood of La Boca, to claim, in this way, the final sanitation of Basin.

Utopia of the Bicentennial (1810-2010) 200 years of Pollution, as García Uriburu called this action, adds to his long list of similar artistic interventions that began in 1968 when he dyed green the waters of the Grand Canal in Venice, during the Biennial of Art, within the framework of his personal commitment related to the care of the environment and that, in this opportunity, he made for the first time in the Riachuelo, one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The intervention was carried out on the International Day of Water (1) in order to increase the alert for the serious state of the Riachuelo and the need to take care of a resource that is increasingly scarce.


Press Note

Grandes hitos de la fotografía argentina, en una potente muestra en Proa
Diario INFOBAE -Mercedes Ezquiaga-
14 de junio de 2018
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García Uriburu en Venecia, medio siglo después
Diario LA NACION -Celina Chatruc-
3 de junio de 2018
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García Uriburu, el que tiñó las aguas del Canal de Venecia
Diario CLARÍN -Verónica Abdala-
18 de mayo de 2018
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Una identidad hecha a golpe de imágenes
Diario CLARÍN-Mercedes Pérez Bergliaffa-
27 de abril de 2018
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In Berlin, Looking at a Familiar Art Collection With New Eyes
Diario The New York Times-Rebecca Schmid-
24 de abril de 2018
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El arte argentino aterriza en Frankfurt con una inversion de 34.000 millones
Diario The New York Times-Belén Papa Orfano-
09 de noviembre de 2017
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