(b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961).
This Argentine painter of Russian descent studied painting with Ahuva Szlimowics and had his first one man show when he was only thirteen years old. After traveling in Europe in the early 1980’s he began work designing for the theatre and making somewhat figurative expressionist paintings. Together with Osvaldo Monzo, Pablo Bobbio, Ernesto Bertani and Miguel Melcom, Kuitca formed part of the Grupo III. Interested and strongly influenced by drama, he painted in 1982 the series "Nadie olvida nada" (No one forgets anything) and directed his first play. In 1984 he directed the play "El Mar Dulce" (The Sweet Sea) and painted for the occasion a homonym series. At the age of 24, Kuitca exhibited his work for the first time in Europe and in 1985 and 1989 he participated in the International Sao Paulo Bienal in Brazil. His early work dealt with autobiographical themes of dislocation and movement.
Key themes in the Kuitca's work include maps and domestic and institutional architecture - mechanisms and systems by which we organize, navigate, and describe our world - while also illuminating broader themes of memory, migration and disappearance, and intersections between public and private space. His later works were inspired by seating charts of famous opera houses and theatres around the world, Kuitca?s theatre collages are mysterious abstractions, explosions of space and color that capture the vivid and dramatic experience of being in a theatre, either in the audience or on the stage.
Major solo exhibitions include a retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2003) which traveled to MALBA, Buenos Aires (2003); a survey at Foundation Cartier pour l?art contemporain, Paris (2000) and a one-man exhibition, ?Projects 30?, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1991). The artist has also participated in major group exhibitions, including Documenta 9 in 1992, the 1995 Carnegie International, and the 1985 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he represented Argentina.
In this interview from 2001, curator Bill Kelley Jr speaks with the artist about his interest in diagrams and his central themes dealing with migrations and exile.