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Pedro-Martin de Clet

Pedro-Martin.De.Clet

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Multi-Expressionist Artist...

Born: Brooklyn; New York 1963

 

Artist Statement:

"I am self-taught. & although I work in all mediums, I consider myself first & foremost a Painter. My subject matter is everything having to do with life. Love, hate, joy, fear, pain, happiness, sorrow, & everything in between. I Paint what others can't or won't. I believe that ideas are only as good as the content that embodies them. I Paint the truth. I have no time to waste. Neither the viewers, nor mine. I leave that to the pretenders & posers, content on ideas without substance & clean hands. Painting should be as real as the Paint on the canvas, or piece of paper; or what have you. I do not mean that it has to be figurative, but that it should carry the weight & conviction of a soul. Then if it is any good, the viewer will either love it, or hate it. & this is what I am after."

pedro

Active: 1990-

Education: Self-Taught

Exhibition History:

Mattatuck Museum Exhibits Gift of Contemporary Art

February 14 - June 1, 2012

Opening Reception February 14 5:30-7:30pm

The Mattatuck Museum will present

Many Visions/One Community

featuring an array of art mediums by contemporary artists.


New York CityThe Mattatuck Museum is pleased to announce a donation of contemporary art by collectors Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia, Jr. Given at the time that Marie Galbraith is stepping down as director of the museum and moving to Director of Education and Public Programming, the donation reflects Marie's outreach to the various communities that make up our audiences.



The gift of paintings, sculpture and works on paper by 31 artists celebrates each year of Marie's tenure. It includes works by artists of diverse backgrounds, some well-known and others just emerging. Galbraith, who is stepping down in February to work on the more creative aspects of museum programming and education, is delighted with the gift which represents multicultural diversity in both its creators and its subjects.



Eva Fuka - ReflectionsThe donation contains a variety of art forms including painting, photography, watercolors, etchings and mixed media. It represents such movements as figurative realism, feminist art, social commentary, color and abstract art. Included in the donated is a 1955 black-and-white photograph, Grand Central Station, by Larry Silver, Antonio Frasconi's colorful woodcut Sioux Chief, 1971, and a mixed media work, Esperanza, 1995, by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli along Antonio Frasconi - Sioux Chiefwith; Imna Arroyo, Milton Bond, Evelyn Longman Batchelder, Paul Camacho, Ann Chernow, Alberta Cifolelli, Colleen Coleman, Pedro Martin DeClet, Carlos Hernandez Chaves, Eva Fuka, Nathaniel. W. Gibbons, Karin Hillmer, Nash Hyon, Andy Jones, Ben Johnson, Nancy Lasar, Ernest Lopez, Osvaldo Lugo, Francis Luis Mora, Deborah Dancy, Jan Murdock, Robert Natkin, Robert Andrew Parker, Longworth Nicholas Powers, Julia Milch Singer, Adam Waimon, Deborah Weiss and Joan Brinton Wheeler.



This contribution by Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia Jr. is important as it significantly increases the museum's holdings in 20th and 21st century art. Their desire to share their remarkable collection reflects their philosophy that art reflects our culture and that art can inspire us. Additionally, this gift can be used for teaching as well as the enjoyment of our audiences.



Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli - Esperanza

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are required and can be made by calling Cathy Filippone at (203) 753-0381 ext 10.

Or go to the website at www.MattatuckMuseum.org for more information and to register online.


Mattatuck Museum

144 West Main Street &<903; Waterbury, CT 06702

203.753.0381 &<903; www.MattatuckMuseum.org

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2004

Pedro Martin de Clet "Patriot", York Square Cinema Gallery, New Haven; Connecticut. September 29 - November 8, 2004

2003

"Self-Portraits" The New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven; Connecticut. October 1 - 31, 2003.

2002

"A Year Later", The New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven; Connecticut. September 3 - 30.

"Protest", The Buttonwood Tree Gallery in Middletown; Connecticut. April 15 - May 31.

2001

"Collages": 1993-2001, The New Haven Public Library, New Haven; Connecticut. September 7-October 31.

"The Fall of Icarus" & Other Works, The Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton; Connecticut. September 1-November 30. Reception: November 24, 4 - 8 pm.

"La Ventana Abierta" (The Open Window), Ninth Square, New Haven; Connecticut. June 30-September 15th.

1999

"The Fall of Icarus", Norwalk Community Technical College Gallery; August 25-October 8.

1998

"Immortal: Pedro Martin De Clet, The Paintings of a Demi-God", The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport; Ct. Sept.6-Oct.31.

"The Odyssey: 2 & a Half Years after 6 & a Half", CPA Annual Show, Hartford Civic Center Mall, May 6-31.

1997

"Boricua", The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown;Ct. Sept.1-Oct.10.

1996

Night Gallery, Dagget Square, New Haven;Ct. March - April. Solo

Parkville Business Center, Hartford;Ct. February-April. Solo

1995

Parkville Business Center, Hartford;Ct. August-October.

1993

"Pedro Martin DeClet - Born Behind Bars", The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown;Ct. November-December.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

Mattatuck Museum Exhibits Gift of Contemporary Art

February 14 - June 1, 2012

Opening Reception February 14 5:30-7:30pm

The Mattatuck Museum will present

Many Visions/One Community

featuring an array of art mediums by contemporary artists.


New York CityThe Mattatuck Museum is pleased to announce a donation of contemporary art by collectors Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia, Jr. Given at the time that Marie Galbraith is stepping down as director of the museum and moving to Director of Education and Public Programming, the donation reflects Marie's outreach to the various communities that make up our audiences.



The gift of paintings, sculpture and works on paper by 31 artists celebrates each year of Marie's tenure. It includes works by artists of diverse backgrounds, some well-known and others just emerging. Galbraith, who is stepping down in February to work on the more creative aspects of museum programming and education, is delighted with the gift which represents multicultural diversity in both its creators and its subjects.



Eva Fuka - ReflectionsThe donation contains a variety of art forms including painting, photography, watercolors, etchings and mixed media. It represents such movements as figurative realism, feminist art, social commentary, color and abstract art. Included in the donated is a 1955 black-and-white photograph, Grand Central Station, by Larry Silver, Antonio Frasconi's colorful woodcut Sioux Chief, 1971, and a mixed media work, Esperanza, 1995, by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli along Antonio Frasconi - Sioux Chiefwith; Imna Arroyo, Milton Bond, Evelyn Longman Batchelder, Paul Camacho, Ann Chernow, Alberta Cifolelli, Colleen Coleman, Pedro Martin DeClet, Carlos Hernandez Chaves, Eva Fuka, Nathaniel. W. Gibbons, Karin Hillmer, Nash Hyon, Andy Jones, Ben Johnson, Nancy Lasar, Ernest Lopez, Osvaldo Lugo, Francis Luis Mora, Deborah Dancy, Jan Murdock, Robert Natkin, Robert Andrew Parker, Longworth Nicholas Powers, Julia Milch Singer, Adam Waimon, Deborah Weiss and Joan Brinton Wheeler.



This contribution by Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia Jr. is important as it significantly increases the museum's holdings in 20th and 21st century art. Their desire to share their remarkable collection reflects their philosophy that art reflects our culture and that art can inspire us. Additionally, this gift can be used for teaching as well as the enjoyment of our audiences.



Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli - Esperanza

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are required and can be made by calling Cathy Filippone at (203) 753-0381 ext 10.

Or go to the website at www.MattatuckMuseum.org for more information and to register online.


Mattatuck Museum

144 West Main Street &<903; Waterbury, CT 06702

203.753.0381 &<903; www.MattatuckMuseum.org


2011

LACW
Latin American Cultural Week in New York City

November 10 - 17

@ Dwyer Cultural Center

258 St. Nicholas Avenue • New York, NY • 10027

Entrance on 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Telephone: (212) 222-3060
Fax: (212) 222-2562
General information: info@dwyercc.org

2010

"Figure Them Out/ Imagínelos" Caribbean, Latin American & Latino

Portraits & Figurative Images from the Benjamin Ortiz Collection

September 11 through October 31, 2010

Fairfield Public Library Bruce S. Kershner Gallery,
Fairfield, CT.

2009

"DEM BONES, DEM BONES", The Carriage Barn, New Canaan; Ct.

November 1, 2009 – December 13, 2009

Opening reception: Sunday November 1, 2009, 4-6pm



'Defense Mechanisms', PS122 Gallery, New York, NY.

October 17th - November 8th

Opening Reception: October 17th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



"Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness", American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore; Maryland.

October 4, 2009 - September 5, 2010...


"Transplanting Roots / Transplantando Raices: Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Artists Living & Creating in Connecticut..."

City Lights Gallery & Frame Shop, Bridgeport; Ct.

September 9 - October 16...


"La Lucha por la Identidad / The Struggle for Identity"

The Akus Gallery: Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic; Ct...

Aug. 20 – Oct. 4, 2009

2008

Ideat Village, New Haven; Ct.

June 14th - June 28th.

2007

'Creating Second Chances', Black Rock Art Center, Bridgeport; Ct.
March 1 - 31.


2005

CPA Prison Arts Program Alumnae Show, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford; CT., November 3rd - December 30th.

2003

Made In Prison: Contemporary Art by Incarcerated Men and Women
Curated by Julia Dzwonkoski and Kye Potter, Herndon Gallery: Antioch College, 795 Livermore Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, November 7, 2003 - February 6, 2004.

City-Wide Open Artists Studios, Science Park, New Haven, CT, October 7 - 29, 2003.

"THE ART OF HISTORICAL REVELATION: THE DIVIDED WORLD," The York Square Cinema Gallery, New Haven, CT, June 19 - July 18, 2003.

Hygienic Art 24, Hygienic Gallery, New London; Connecticut. January 25 - February 9.

2002

City-Wide Open Artists Studios, Chamberlain Building 50 Orange Street, October 14-31 & Pirelli Building on Long Wharf, New Haven; Connecticut. October 26 & 27.

' Outsider In/Sight' *Silent Auction for Fellowship Place, Yale University Art Gallery Sculpture Garden & Lecture Hall, New Haven; Connecticut. May 30

2001

"Reflections" September 11, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk; Connecticut. November 16 - January 11.

City-Wide Open Artists Studios, New Haven; Connecticut. October 15-31.

New Haven Healing Arts Collective: An Exhibition of Works & Words by New Haven Artists, New Haven Public Library, New Haven; Ct., May 3-June.

2000

City-Wide Open Artists Studios, Smoothie Building, New Haven; Ct. October 6-21.

1999

"In Bloom", Norwalk Comm. Tech. College Gallery; June 4-August 17.

1997

"39 Annual Barnum Festival Juried Art Exhibition, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport;Ct. June 26 - August 1.

CPA Annual Show, Civic Center Mall, Hartford;Ct. June 5-28.

"Out of Into", Lukacs Gallery, Fairfield University; February 24-March 21.

"Heaven & Hell", Real Art Ways, Hartford;Ct. January 17 - March 9.

1996

CPA Annual Show, Hartford Civic Center Mall, Hartford;Ct. May

1995

"Art from Connecticut's Prisons", New haven Free Public Library, Ct. November- January,1996.

CPA Annual Show, Tower Business Center, Hartford;Ct. May

1994

CPA Annual Show, Tower Business Center, Hartford;Ct. May

1993

"A Wealth of Grays", Uncommon Perspectives From Ct. Artists", Silvermine Guild, New Canaan;Ct. June-July.

CPA Annual Show, Artworks Gallery, Hartford;Ct. May

1992

CPA Annual Show, Jewish Community Center, West Hartford;Ct. May


* C.P.A.- Connecticut Prison Association

 

Art Reviews:

2012

The Waterbury Observer, 'Gift of Contemporary Art at Mattatuck Museum',February 6, 2012...

2010

Examiner.com, 'A cultural look at "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"', February 10, 2010...


The Washington Times, 'Baltimore Restaurant Week: Corks & Mr. Rains Fun House', January 27, 2010...

2009

Connecticut Post, 'Celebration of 'Roots' at City Lights' September 4, 2009.

2007

Fairfield County Weekly, 'Art in the First Degree: Doing Time, Making Art' March 29 - April 4th. Illustrated 'Front Cover".

2004

Made In Prison: Contemporary Art By Incarcerated Men & Women Exhibition Catalogue, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs; Ohio. Illustrated

2003

Dayton Daily News (OH), 'A SOFTER SIDE TO HARD TIME', Page Number: F3, December 7, 2003.

The New London Day, Amid The Avant Garde, Voices Against War: Hygienic Art 24. January 26. Illustrated.

2002

The New Haven Advocate, 'Protest': Pedro Martin de Clet's reflections
on the Middle East. May 30. Illustrated.

The New Haven Advocate 'Outsider/Insight'. May 30.

The New Haven Register/Arts, 'Getting Inside with Outsider Art'. May 26.

Yale Bulletin & Calendar, 'Art gallery to showcase ' Outsider Art' at special fundraising event for Fellowship Place'. May 24.

The Hartford Courant, 'Artist Voices Mideast Issues', April 15. Illustrated

2001

Yale Daily News, City_Wide Open Studios Ends After Successful Run, November 14.

The New Haven Advocate, 9.11: The Artists Respond, October 18-24.

Harbor News (Westbrook; Ct.), Open Studios Opens Doors for Artists & Viewers, October 18. Illustrated.

1999

Self-Taught, Outsider, & Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations & Resources by Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johnson

The Hour (Norwalk; Ct.), The Fall of Icarus, September 24. Illustrated

1998

Raw Vision, Raw News U.S.A., Fall. Illustrated.

Connecticut Post, A Celebration of Forms & Colors, September 27. Illustrated

New Haven Register, Immortal: Pedro Martin de Clet, The Paintings of a Demi-God, August 30. Illustrated

1997

Hartford Courant, Local Artist takes a Bold look at Himself, September 6. Illustrated

Hartford Courant, The Good, The Bad, & The Artists, January 19.

1996

Folk Art Finder, The Artists of the Connecticut Prison Association Arts Program, Fall. Illustrated

Hartford Courant, Exhibit a show of Inmates' freedom of expression, May 23. Illustrated

Hartford Advocate, Set their spirits free, May 2-8. Illustrated

New Haven Advocate, Way to do time, May 2-8. Illustrated

Hartford Courant, Exhibit a showcase for prison art, April 25. Illustrated

1995

Connecticut Prison Association Journal, Inspired in Prison, Fall. Illustrated

1993

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: In prisons, culture counters the trend of repeat offenders,
December 5, 1993. Page 5

The Dallas Morning News
Arts find a place behind bars: Connecticut program gives prisoners outlet for expression,
November 28, 1993.

The Intelligencer, Doylestown; Pa. 'Arts programs 'frees' inmates', November 25.

Associated Press, nationwide feature, A creative outlet on the inside, November. Illustrated

Hartford Courant, Prisoner portrays pain in art, November 12. Illustrated

Meridan Record-Journal, Cheshire artists finds muse behind bars, November 8. Illustrated

Fairfield County Advocate, Different strokes, the New Silvermine Show celebrates unconventional artists, July 1.

New Canaan Advertiser, A 'wealth' of grays in art at guild, July 1.

Darien News Review, Guild mounts uncommon works in 'Wealth of Grays', July 1.

1992

West Hartford News, 'Art in Correction' showcases the work of convicts, July 9. Illustrated


Portrait de Genocide 1993
Collage on cardboard.

Collection of Mr. Paul Owen, Madison; Wisconson.

Some artists, like Pedro Martin De Clet, have chosen to create political statements that suggest a new-found kinship with oppressed cultural groups & the positive & affirming act of presenting a political statement for the consideration of viewers. De Clet's 'Portrait de Genocide', is a powerful media-related work which chronicles the U.S. governments genocide of Native American Indians. The artist has lain out a loose grid of some fifty photocopied images (the number corresponding to the number of states in our country) made from archival photographs of famous Indian chiefs & related imagery. Atop this strong, historical gallery of Indian history, the artist has painted a bold, blood-red, graphic image suggestive of rock hieroglyphs found in Indian areas of the Southwest. This blood-red colored sign seems to be a target & a tribute, a marker of the passing of these great leaders. De Clet aligns himself with those that would remind us of these ugly scars upon our nation's history. Make no mistake - it is not simply an artwork of rebellion one sees here but a truth laid bare - & some artists have traditionally used their art to comment on society & its ills. This is a positive act of growth & concern, a connecting to something greater than one's immediate situation.

Sal Scalora
Assistant Professor of Art
Department of Art
The University of Connecticut

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