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Uruguayan Artist Ricardo Pickenhayn - The Making of a Masterwork

Ricardo making a
preliminary model
for Cosmos Estereograma
Ricardo Pickenhayn (born 1960) is a versatile and respected Uruguayan artist.

 He works in the tradition of the"Southern School", a Uruguayan art form established by Joaquín Torres García (1874-1949).

Among Pickenhayn's most notable works is Cosmos Estereograma--a 20-meter-long piece commissioned by the Mantra Resort Spa & Casino in Punta del Este.

It's a modern proposal that works both as a mural and a sculpture-- pushing the limits of Pickenhayn's chosen genre.



Above is a composite photograph of the the panels that make up the finished mural/sculpure Cosmos Estereograma--created by Uruguayan artist, Ricardo Pickenhayn.


The composition makes use of the golden section and other classic geometrical proportions.


The work will be painted in a way that allows the natural character of the wood's grain to show through, providing a visual element as well as shape to the mural/sculpture.


The work is produced on 13 reinforcement panels which weight more than 100 kilos (220 pounds) each. Ricardo's son, Federico, helps with the heavy work of moving them.


Sections within panels are painted to establish a harmony of contrasting primary colors. Further contrasts are created within each colored section with a smooth greyscale version of a color on the raised sections. Beeswax is used to give the work its final finish.


You'll also notice many geometric harmonies: The play of horizontal and vertical lives, the play of volumes, and of concave and convex shapes.

When the work is mounted in place, the lighting is carefully designed to create additional interest with light and shadow.


When the panels are assembled, the work spans 20 meters (65.5 feet) in length and 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) tall.


The work was mounted in the Mantra Resort Spa and Casino ballroom in October 2012, with an inauguration ceremony in January 2013.

Ricardo Pickenhayn with
Nicole Vanderhoeght
Ricardo Pickenhayn's body of work ranges from public monuments to a variety of paintings and smaller sculptures, which grace private collections in seven countries.

He is married to Nicole Vanderhoeght (also a respected artist). The couple live and work in a rural area inland of Punta del Este where they have their studio and a gallery.

 They also teach structured art through the Center for the Developmental of Structured Art (CEDART) and their own workshop, which they founded in 1982.

You can contact Ricardo Pickenhayn at: cedartes@gmail.com

(Tip: If you are not a Spanish speaker, you may write to Ricardo using Google translate or other online translator.)




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