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Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 40cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 15.7" (H) x 11.8" (W) x 1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
When dirt and time seduce by its variety of stories.
“OXIDE” is part of a collection called "Surfaces", an exploratory and abstract exhibition that seeks to express sensations and emotions translated by textures. Arid, humidity, situations, weather, landscape, instant, objects, places, among many other things, are expressed in the collection through the superposition of layers and textures.
The best way to describe Surfaces exhibition is through the concept called “embodiment” described by Juhani Pallasmaa in an exquisite way in the following text: “All artistic effects are evoked, mediated and experienced through poeticised images. These images are embodied and lived experiences that take place in ‘the flesh of the world', becoming part of us, while we unconsciously project aspects of ourselves on to a conceived space, object or event. Artistic images have a life and reality of their own and they develop through unexpected associations rather than rational and causal logic. Images are usually thought of as retinal pictures, but profound poetic images are multi-sensory and they address us in an embodied and emotive manner”.
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Hometown: Costa Rica
Based in: Doha
Costa Rican architect specialized in Advanced Architecture, Digital Fabrication, Non-Representational Art, and Social Innovation.
Former founding partner of the design and architecture firm MG Studio (2007-2012).
Robert has a master's degree from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, a Diploma in Digital Fabrication from the Fab Foundation, and is a Certified Innovation Manager from the University of Leipzig.
After his journey in Barcelona, Robert served as director of the Fab Lab Veritas (2015-2017), founded the Fab Lab Costa Rica Association, and managed the Kölbi Mobile Fab Lab | Veritas, the first mobile digital fabrication laboratory in Central America.
Robert has extensive academic experience as a professor at the Architecture and Product Design schools of the Veritas University in Costa Rica (2007-2016). In 2015, he was invited to develop and teach a digital manufacturing course as part of "FACILIDAD" (Program for the Promotion of the Economy and Employment in Central America) promoted by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) with the main objective of improving employment for the youth in El Salvador. In addition, he has participated as a guest tutor in undergraduate and graduate workshops for institutions such as the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, the University Center for the Arts of San Luis Potosí Mexico, and the College of Engineering of Qatar University.
Thanks to his experience in topics related to innovation, digital fabrication, education, architecture and design, Robert has participated as a guest, speaker and/or jury in different events worldwide such as “Pechakucha 20x20” at the Maker Fair in Rome, “TEDX Pura Vida” in Costa Rica, “City Lab” in Miami, the “Medellin Design Week” in Colombia, “Phi’s Research And Innovation Summit” in Jordan, “Teaching Innovation Forum” at the Ibero-American Design Biennial in Madrid, the “Rowad” Entrepreneurship Conference in Doha, the Edtechx Europe in London and the Global Education Technology Summit in Beijing.
Among some of his recognitions are the Hunter Douglas Awards “Archiprix International” in Shanghai (2007), the “Business Leader of the Year Award” of the Total Quality Award - Founders of Success in Guayaquil (2011), and the “Silver Chevron STEM Education Award” in France. In addition, he was selected by the Costa Rican newspaper “El Financiero” as one of the 40 most influential people under 40 in Costa Rica (2016).
In the past two years Robert has increased his art exhibitions, especially in some of Doha's most important museums and art institutions.
Passionate about photography, art, and any design strategy and collaborative action that allows the development and management of processes and projects of social and innovation impact.
He currently works as Operations Manager of IbTECHar Digital Solutions, a Qatari company leader in educational technology, selected by the committee of the World Economic Forum as one of the 100 new companies in the MENA region that is shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution (4iR).
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