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Marie Orensanz Biography

Mari Nalte Orensanz, born 12 September 1936 in Argentina, is known for her art that blends thought and matter to foster social consciousness. Her experience during Argentina’s “Dirty War” profoundly influenced her, notably in her work “Pensar es un Hecho Revolucionario” (Thinking is a Revolutionary Act), a tribute to state terrorism victims in Buenos Aires’ Parque de la Memoria.

A pioneer of conceptual art in Argentina, Orensanz’s work evolved from geometric and mathematical concepts to experimenting with various materials, notably Carrara marble, which became central to her “Fragmentism” manifesto, emphasizing the beauty of the incomplete.

Her works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. Orensanz received the prestigious Konex Award in 2002 and 2012 for her contributions to art.

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