Reinaldo Sanguino

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.
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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.

Notable works include his pieces “BS Tarzan,” “Red Bowl,” and “Ma-S, Twice,” which is a piece that combines visual imagery and mixed media to convey Reinaldo Sanguino’s prolific and outspoken style. From crochet elements and antique lace to images of Curious George, “Ma-S, Twice” has a mixed material quality that draws from diverse storytelling tactics and techniques to create a singular, textural piece.

His “Gods and Designer” series includes specific pieces that also convey his message including a sculpture crown, which deals with the influences of social class on art and culture. Concerned with portraying the artist’s thoughts on class in contemporary life, the piece incorporates imagery from well-known designer brands such as Tiffany & Co. and Hermes. Such references - traditional signs of power - are used to demonstrate how the audience’s idea of wealth has changed over time.

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.
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1993  Concentration in Ceramics – The School of Visual Arts Cristobal Rojas, Caracas, Venezuela


2022 “Momentary Pause – The Future Perfect, Los Angeles, CA

2021 “Design Miami” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

2020 “Casa Perfect Los Angeles 3.0” – The Future Perfect,  Los Angeles, CA

2019  “MESS” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2019  “Salon Art + Design” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2018  “Design Miami” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

2018  “Design Miami/Basel” – The Future Perfect, Basel, Switzerland

2018  “Edit Fair” – Naples, IT

2017  “Design Miami” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

2017  Casa Perfect, The Future Perfect, Los Angeles, CA

2017  “Group Exhibition” – DVF Studio, New York, NY

2015  “Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics” – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2014  “Gallery” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2014  “Caribbean Art at the Crossroads of The World” – Perez Museum, Miami, FL

2012  “Caribbean Art at the Crossroads of The World” – Museo De Barrio, New York, NY

2012  The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2010  FIA Caracas Art Fair, Caracas, Venezuela

2010  Dean Project Gallery, New York, NY

2009  “Exporting POP: A Western Fantasy” – Al-Sabah Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2008  “Femaco Art Fair” – Dean Project Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2008  “Confrontational Ceramics” – New York, NY

2007  “CIRCA PR Invitational Art Fair” – San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007  Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

2007  “Scope New York Invitational Art Fair” – New York, NY

2007  New Jersey Visual Arts Museum, Summit, NJ

2006  “Scope Miami Invitational Art Fair” – Miami, FL

2006  “Scope New York Invitational Art Fair” – New York, NY

2006  “ART 212 Invitational Art Fair” – New York, NY

2006  “ONE PART CLAY” – Garth Clark Gallery Project Space, New York, NY

2006  “SOFA New York Art Fair” – New York, NY

2006  “Elit-tile Triennial Invitational” – Dominican Republic

2005  “Scope Miami Invitational Art Fair” – Miami, FL

2005  “AAF Art Fair” – New York, NY

2005  “SOFA New York Art Fair” – New York, NY

2005  “Biennale International Contemporary Tile” – Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004  Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2004  Capeluto Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2004  “Sublime” – New York, NY

2003  Lafontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2002  Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Project Room Artist, Philadelphia, PA

2001  Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2001  The Society of Art & Crafts, Project Room Artist, Boston, MA

2001  In Rare Form Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2000  Elements Starting Line, New York, NY

1996  Clay Hand Gallery, New York, NY

1994  “Emerging Artists” – New York University, New York, NY

Grants & Residencies

2001  Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Residency, Newcastle, ME

1999  “Technical Assistant’s Grant Recipient” – Mary B. Bishop/Francis S. Merit. Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, ME

1992  Grant from the National Council of the Arts, Caracas, Venezuela

Museum Collections

MINT Museum, Charlotte, NC

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN