Marvin Liberman ∙ artist Curriculum Vitae : 2022
Marvin Liberman lives and works in Madrid, Spain, since 2006, after settling for 6 years in La Paz, Bolivia. Born in the United States, he began his art education at 15, continuing his studies at various institutions as well as in two extended periods of assistantship and study in the sculpture studios of a Serbian artist (The Netherlands) and an Italian artist (in Washington, DC).
His art career has moved through two different periods of work. While the first was dedicated to figurative sculpture and drawing, the more recent, in both media, is abstract and focused on a more elementary language of expression.
Between these two periods, he dedicated many years to museum exhibition-related work: exhibition planning, design, public communications, lighting and installation.
His recent work explores the aftereffects of trauma, human fragility, internment, uncertainty and precarious balance, as they relate to the ongoing social and political discord and more personal issues in these unstable times.
Imperfecto: una senda incierta (Imperfect: an uncertain path). Sept. 4-Oct. 5, 2019.
Espacio Primavera 9, Madrid. Solo exhibition: sculpture and drawings.
Group Exhibitions and Award:
Contrastes Multiples (Multiple Contrasts). March-April 2019
Centro Municipal de las Artes Buero Vallejo, Alcorcon, Madrid
Escultura: Lógico vs Analógico (Sculpture: Logic and Analogic). June-July 2018
Espacio Primavera 9, Exhibition of 16 sculptors exploring geometric abstraction in present day Spain
while in my own case, the contrary: organic, intuitive form.
El Bosque del Sastre (The Tailor’s Forest). Outdoor site-specific sculptural work. Summer 2017
Azken Muga Cultural Festival: Collado de Zárate (frontier between Gipuzkoa/the Basque Country, and Navarra, Spain)
Luces, Sombras, Diálogos (Light, Shadow, Dialogues) July 2015
19th Annual Exhibition, MTG Sculptors Cooperative, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain.
Artists’ Self Portraits. Jane Haslem Gallery, June, 1985
An exhibition inviting many Washington, DC artists to participate. Self Portrait IV, 1985. oil pastels. Washington, DC.
(My comment made for the show’s catalogue) The solitude necessary to make art has its painful side, aloneness, self-doubt. To counteract this state, friendship is utterly necessary. And for those dear friendships that I have accrued I am deeply grateful. In co-joining these many circles of close friendships, we have developed community. And though many parts of this community are strangers to the others, somehow, we know of the basic affection and respect which we hold for one another in choosing the life we call – an artist's life.
Award in Competition/Exhibition:
From Gurs 2015. May-June 2015.
Askatasun Art Foundation, Gurs, France
1st Prize: Sculpture (purchase prize): competition in contemporary art related to the concept of Art and Liberty, honoring the history and suffering experienced at Gurs Internment Camp, Gurs, France, 1939-1944.
We commemorate! Memorial Sculpture and Collective Rituals at the Online Club
2nd part of presentation: Struggling with Life – In Conversation with Sculptor, Marvin Liberman
In commemoration, we tend to pause and remember. In the Online Club on 2nd May 2022, the question of what
we’re remembering, what characterises us, and what guides us, played just as important a role as the process
of remembrance being a mark of unity did.
Using their own works, two particularly impressive contributors showed our 45 interested participants what
different kinds of commemoration there are, how memories are a big part of us, and how much they influence us.
La Naturaleza Oculta de Marvin Liberman (The Hidden Nature of Marvin Liberman).
Francisco Bautista Toledo, art critic, 11.14.2021.
http://laodiseadelosdias.blogspot.com/ The Days’ Odyssey. art criticism blog
(in Spanish although there is an English translation option on the site.)
Artists’ Self Portraits. Jane Haslem Gallery, June 1985
Review: Benjamin Forgey, art critic for the Washington Star. June, 1985
Forums and Conferences:
Sculpture Network: XIV International Forum 2016: Sculpting Nature: LandArt, EcoArt, BioArt
Sculpture Network: XIII International Forum: Advanced Media / Expanded Sculpture
1 - 3 October 2015 – Linz, Austria
Selected Cultural Projects: