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

Select Solo Exhibitions

2017    Casa Perfect, The Future Perfect, Los Angeles, California
2007    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, New York
2012    The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait
2010    Dean Project Gallery, New York, New York
2006    Scope New York Invitational Art Fair, New York, New York
2004    Capeluto Arts Gallery, New York, New York
2001    In Rare Form Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey
2000    Elements Starting Line, New York, New York

Select Group Exhibitions

2018    Design Miami/, The Future Perfect, Miami, Florida
2018    Design Miami/ Basel, The Future Perfect, Basel, Switzerland
2018    Edit Fair, Naples, Italy
2017    Design Miami, The Future Perfect, Miami, Florida
2017    DVF Studio, Group Exhibition, New York, New York
2015    Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2014    Gallery, The Future Perfect, New York, New York
2014    Caribbean Art at the Crossroads of The World, Perez Museum, Miami, Florida
2012   Caribbean Art at the Crossroads of The World, Museo De Barrio, New York, New York
2010    FIA Caracas Art Fair, Caracas, Venezuela
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, New York
2007    CIRCA PR Invitational Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2007    Scope New York Invitational Art Fair, New York, New York
2007    New Jersey Visual Arts Museum, Summit, New Jersey
2006    Scope Miami Invitational Art Fair, Miami, Florida
2006    ART 212 Invitational Art Fair, New York, New York
2006    ONE PART CLAY, Garth Clark Gallery Project Space, New York, New York
2006    SOFA New York Art Fair, New York, New York
2006    Elit-tile Triennial Invitational, Dominican Republic
2005    Scope Miami Invitational Art Fair, Miami, Florida
2005    AAF Art Fair, New York, New York
2005    SOFA New York Art Fair, New York, New York
2005    Biennale International Contemporary Tile, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2004    Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
2004    Sublime, New York, New York
2003    Lafontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2002    Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2001    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Project Room Artist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2001    Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee
2001    The Society of Art & Crafts, Project Room Artist, Boston, Massachusetts
1996    Clay Hand Gallery, New York, New York
1994    Emerging Artists, New York University, New York, New York

Grants & Residencies

2001    Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Residency, Newcastle, Maine
1999    Technical Assistant’s Grant recipient from the Mary B. Bishop/Francis S. Merit. Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine
1992    Grant from the National Council of the Arts, Caracas, Venezuela

Museum Collections

MINT Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota