Reinaldo Sanguino at Casa Perfect

Reinaldo Sanguino Los Angeles July 13 - August 31, 2017


The Future Perfect presents the Los Angeles debut of ceramic artist Reinaldo Sanguino. The body of work on view, which was created exclusively for The Future Perfect and developed under the guidance of David Alhadeff, will be unveiled this summer at Casa Perfect, The Future Perfect’s Los Angeles gallery housed in a residence in the West Hollywood Hills. Venezuelan-born Sanguino creates startling, directional pieces that reference his home New York City’s ineffable energy. Throughout his 20-year career, Sanguino has been influenced by material culture, street art of the early 1990s and the urban experience.

Each piece begins with a wheel thrown or hand built ceramic form created by Sanguino himself. He then, quite spontaneously, paints the workin a manner inspired by his mood, daily events, his surrounding environment and even the piece itself. His work has always deliberately hovered between strict definitions of art and design, but for this collection he has moved beyond the traditional scope of the designed object and boldly toward sculpture, while still keeping each piece within the realm of the functional. Sanguino views his own work as abstract art designed to live in the center of a room.

Over the course of their working relationship, Alhadeff has custom commissioned a variety of work from Sanguino. Most recently, for his own home, Alhadeff proposed that Sanguino use gold, silver and platinum glaze, which became a technique exclusive to The Future Perfect.

Since then, Alhadeff has encouraged Sanguino to think differently about shape, form and function, and push his work in completely new directions. The collection for Casa Perfect is the latest exploration of that discourse, and represents a significant departure from Sanguino’s prior typologies.“Since Reinaldo and I met each other in 2012 we have had an open dialogue about the directions his work might be able to take,” said David Alhadeff, Founder of The Future Perfect. “Sanguino has pushed himself and his considerations of his work for this show. He has reconsidered his formal ideas and pushed his boundaries to what is an incredible new place.



Reinaldo Sanguino is a Venezuelan-born artist and ceramicist based in New York City. Marrying modern and traditional aesthetics, he creates startling, directional pieces that reference New York City’s ineffable energy. Approached as unique pieces of art, Sanguino’s porcelain objects – including his much coveted stools – enliven a range of interior spaces.

Reinaldo Sanguino moved to New York in 1993 after graduating from School of Visual Arts Cristobal Rojas in Caracas, Venezuela. Sanguino, whose work touches on history and modern socio-political issues, developed his technique out of an interest in Meissen porcelain and its role in European history. Through his singular works Sanguino aims to create a dialogue that resonates with collectors.

Ephemera, including knick knacks, postcards and photographs, inspire Reinaldo Sanguino. The artist also draws heavily on the deeper meaning of objects and the relationship between people and gifts to influence his graphic, easily identifiable style. Sanguino’s eye is drawn to texture, color and malleable materials.

Reinaldo Sanguino’s highly collectible work has been on display at the Sultan Gallery as part of the Dean Project New York, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, the MINT Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.