Nelly Arias Biography

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe province of Argentina. Searching for new horizons, my family and I went to Buenos Aires. After some years we moved to San Juan province, where a terrible earthquake had taken place on January 1944. We had the courage to go there in order to rebuild the city of San Juan. Despite that situation, I could go on with my education. In fact, the beginning of the School of Arts was in a remain hotel that had survived the devastation. That School was known as “Academia de Arte Refugio”. There, I met my future professors and schoolmates that later founded El Instituto Superior de Arte in 1954. During the sixties, the Institute was transformed into a University. Consequently, I finished my career at Facultad de Artes “Domingo F. Sarmiento” (known today as Facultad de Filosofía, Humanidades y Artes, Universidad Nacional de San Juan), focusing my studies on photography, graphic and a new technique of printmaking that has been my specialization. I came back to Rosario, the city where I have been working and living since the seventies. I have made individual and collective exhibitions since 1968, at different national and international places. I appeared at The “100 Años de Gráfica en Rosario y su región” book, organized and published by Facultad de Humanidades y Artes de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario. In 1999, I was invited to illustrate the “Poetas Rosarinos” book (Universidad Nacional de Rosario Editora), along with others artists of Rosario.

Prizes: 1979: 3rd Prize at the “Museo Castagnino” exhibition, Rosario, Argentina. 1987: Honorable Mention, Graphic Section, Museo Castagnino, Rosario. 1989: Prize “Krass Artes Plásticas” Gallery of Rosario. 1991: Grant nominee. Grant Exhibition at Museo “Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez” of Santa Fe Province, Argentina. 1992: 2nd Acquisition Prize, Museo Castagnino, Rosario 1993: Special Mention, “Amigos del Arte” exhibition by “Homage to ticket Bus”, Museo Castagnino, Rosario. 1998: Honorable Mention, “Salón de Otoño”, Museo Castagnino.

National and International Exhibitions: 1991: International Mail Art Archive and “Wish of Peace”, Palacio La Franccis. Pisa. Italy. 1992: Exhibition with the painter Carlos Raffo, Pisa, Italy. 1993: “Panorama de la Gráfica de Rosario”, Museo Castagnino Prizer’s Exhibition, Centro Cultural Parque España, Rosario, Argentina. “Homage to Ticket Bus” Individual exhibition at Amigos del Arte, Rosario. 1994: Invited to participate in The “100 Años de Gráfica en Rosario y su región” book, organized and published by Facultad de Humanidades y Artes, UNR, Rosario. “22 Artistas gráficos de Rosario”, Galería Memorial Arte Latinoamericano, San Pablo, Brazil. 1995: “La Ressegna Internacional de Arte Elettrografía”, Palacio Gambacorti, Italia. 1999: MERCOSUR Art, Centro Cultural Merco ciudad, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Invited to illustrate the “Poetas Rosarinos” book (Universidad Nacional de Rosario Editora), along with others artists of Rosario. 2002: Graphic Bienal, Split, Croacia. 2003: Invited to participate at the Contemporary Art Museum, Split, Croacia. “My Internet” individual exhibition based on the Internet graphic language, Centro Cultural Bernardino Rivadavia, Rosario. 2004: Exhibition made with the painter Carlos Raffo and the sculptor Oscar Daga, Alianza Francesa de Rosario, Rosario. 2005: Miniprint, 3rd Internacional exhibition, organizad by Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Bolsa de Comercio de Rosario, Rosario. 2007: “The air, shell of life” individual exhibition related to the Antartic Ozone hole, Fundación Libertad, Rosario. 2008: Peace Memorial International Exhibition, Biblioteca Argentina, Rosario. Miniprint, 4th Internacional exhibition, organizad by Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Bolsa de Comercio de Rosario, Rosario. Participated in the “III Premio Internacional de Arte Grafico JESUS NUÑEZ 2008”. Fundación Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea de Betanzos, la Diputación de A Coruña. Spain. “X West Meeting” collective exhibition of mail art, San Juan, Argentina. 2009: Specially Invited to exhibit at “Masters and disciples” exhibition, dedicated to students and professors’ founders of Facultad de Filosofía, Humanidades y Artes, Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Centro de Creación de Artes Plásticas y Museo Tornambé, San Juan, Argentina. 2010: 9th Lessedra World Art Print Annual 25, Sofía, Bulgaria. "Artists' book made by artists, from Rosario to the World", Rosario, Argentina. 2011: Adogi Miniprint International of Cadaqués, Barcelona, España. 4th International Printmaking exhibition. Istanbul, Turquía.

Artist's Statement

Abstract themes. I work with ink prints and celluloid panes. I print my artworks (made on paper) passing trough a press.