“My paintings follow the tradition of allegory and didacticism of painters like Hieronymus Bosch. I also engage elements from the Surrealist tradition although my images are not automatic. They have more in common with surrealism as access to the subconscious or dream world. However, my conscious intentions are to comment on the looming environmental catastrophe that becomes increasingly unavoidable due to the structure of human society, with all its greed and temptation for the soul.
As a Bolivian artist, I experienced a colorful, cross-pollinated version of Christianity, filled with miracles like the Virgin of Candelaria. It is poignant for me now to use the Biblical theme of the Apocalypse as a foil to express concern about the environment. Phantasmagorical creatures line these limits between Earth, Heaven and Hell, exhorting redemption or providing temptation”.
Marcelo was born in Bolivia, in 1970, in the mining city of Oruro, located in the mid-western part of the country. He is the youngest of six siblings and is the son of Nestor Suaznabar and Ana Maria Solari. From an early age, he had a passion for drawing, motivated by his uncle Enrique Suaznabar, a professional photographer who lived in the same city. Focusing solely in drawings as the main motor of his creations, he showed a great interest in colour form an early age and began exploring watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils. For a long time, he focused on painting insects, animals, houses and portraits on paper and cardboards. Marcelo developed a substantial amount of his work in his birthplace, the city of Oruro. Oruro possesses a mystical energy in its surroundings and has a strong folkloric tradition; its carnival was declared by UNESCO as Oral and Intangible Patrimony of Humanity. The cultural richness of the city’s manifestations contributes to creators, granting the artist enough incentive to cultivate his work. In 1988, Marcelo traveled with his father and Marco, his brother, to the colonial city of Potosi, located south in the country, where they spent days visiting churches and museums, admiring the immense cultural richness expressed in the architecture and the ample collections of colonial paintings. The House of Coins and Convent of Saint Teresa were the incentives that led the artist to recreate sacred scenes, and with the artwork Coronation of the Virgin (1988), Marcelo began his series Sacred Art. During this period, Marcelo was invited to participate in a collective exhibit at the French Alliance and the Cultural House (Centro Cultural). Using the same series, he made an individual exhibit in Spain’s House (Casa de España), in the city of La Paz, where he received in 1991 an honorable mention for his work Judgment’s Cart in contest Spain 91. In 1992, Marcelo traveled to Chile. It was in Santiago where he attended and completed a four-month course at the Art School of the Extension Center at the Catholic University under the tutelage of master Roberto Farriol.
In December 2001 He move to Canada and in this new stage he continues to progress forward using a surreal and symbolic language, an aesthetic language that covers all of the work. In the three series, Apocalyptic, Angels, Archangels and Magical Altiplano, Marcelo finds his own unique language. Marcelo’s sets his imagination free in his work, exploring and examining the elements of unconsciousness. This including, universal and common themes that preoccupy human beings: passing of time, death, nature, sexuality, beauty, temptations, fear, and world religions. These themes are evident in each of Marcelo’s paintings.
Suaznabar has exhibited extensively in Latin America, Europe, Canada and the US with 40 solo exhibits and over 200 group shows.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Creatures & Demons, Earls Court Gallery. Hamilton – Canada.
Drawings, Virtual solo show Earls Court Gallery. Hamilton – Canada.
Escenarios Irracionales. Rozas – Botrán Foundation. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Lucid dreams IDB Staff Association Art Gallery. Washington DC. USA.
Erratic Dreams. Mad Ones Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
Entre Sueños. Merida Romero – Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
Solo Show. Rancho Santana Art Gallery Tola – Nicaragua.
Negociando con el Tiempo, Casa de la Libertad Museum. Sucre – Bolivia.
Negociando con el Tiempo, Casa de la Cultura. Simón I. Patiño Museum. Oruro – Bolivia
Negociando con el Tiempo, Casa Nacional de Moneda Museum. Potosi – Bolivia.
Negociando con el Tiempo, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Negociando con el Tiempo, Centro Pedagógico y Cultural Simón I. Patiño. Cochabamba – Bolivia.
Negociando con el Tiempo, Center Simon I Patiño. Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
Solo Show Edel Gallery. Osaka – Japan.
Beyond appearance. Articsok Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
Between Dreams. Strata Gallery. Elora – Canada.
Dreams and Temptations, Durham Art Gallery. Durham – Canada.
Messages of the Time, Aurora Cultural Centre. Aurora – Canada.
Solo show of large pieces, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
Visions of the Apocalypse, Museum of Art Ex Convento del Carmen. Guadalajara – Mexico.
Visions of the Apocalypse, Museum of Art of Leon. Leon – Mexico.
Recent Work, Nota Art Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
Magical and Surreal Art, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
An Andean renaissance in the midst of the XXI Century. Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey. Monterrey – Mexico.
Magical Altiplano, Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
An Andean renaissance man in the midst of the XXI Century, St Ambroise Art Gallery.
Montreal – Canada.
Virgenes y Archangels, ArtDealers Gallery. Monterrey – México.
Escenario de Recuerdos, ArtDealeres Gallery. Monterrey – Mexico.
Recent Works, Esther Arias Art Gallery. Barcelona – Spain.
Human Wilderness Kabat Wrobel Gallery, Toronto – Canada.
Of The Serie Magic Altiplano, ArtDealers Gallery. Monterrey – Mexico.
Exploration of Time and Sensuality, Prince Arthur Fine Art Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
The Colors of the Soul. Nota Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
Live Nature, Dead Nature, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Allegory to Life and Dead, Gildaro Antezana Gallery of Art. Cochabamba – Bolivia.
Angels, Archangels and Temptations, Centre Cultural Las Condes Corporation. Santiago – Chile.
Angels and Demons, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Between the Sky and the Earth, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Center for Contemporary Art, Simón I Patiño. Cochabamba – Bolivia.
EMUSA Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Art Gallery of the School of Art. Oruro – Bolivia.
Spain House, Institute of Ibero American Corporation. La Paz – Bolivia.
Religious Art, Imagine Gallery. Oruro – Bolivia.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Autorrevelaciones MURB Museo Unis Rozas- Botran, Guatemala City – Guatemala
Latin American Art Triennial. 2019 edition. New York – USA.
Juannio 2019. National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Surreality. Bill Schwarz & Marcelo Suaznabar. Earls Court Gallery. Hamilton – Canada.
“Ciclo” with José Ortega. Sheldon Rose Gallery. Toronto – Canadá.
Arte en Mayo. Espacio Cultural Paseo Cayalá. Rozas-Botrán Foundation. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Art Busan. International Art Fair. Busan – Korea.
Arte en las Calles. Rozas-Botran Foundation. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Juannio, Exhibition and Art Auction. National Museum of Art Carlos Merida. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Art Wynwood, International Art Fair. Miami – USA.
Art Palm Beach, International Contemporary Art Fair. Palm Beach – USA.
Juannio, Exhibition & Art Action. National Museum of Modern Art Carlos Merida. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Aqua Art Fair. International Art Fair. Miami – USA.
Scope Basel International Art Fair. Basel – Switzerland.
Inspirazione Divino. Articsok Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
Scope Art Fair. International Contemporary Art Show. Miami- USA
Juannio Exhibition and Art Auction. National Museum of Modern Art. Guatemala City – Guatemala
International Art. Club Alpino Chipinque. ArtDealers Galeria. Monterrey – Mexico
Art Palm Beach. International Art Fair. Palm Beach County Convention Center. Palm Beach – USA.
Art Cartagena. International Art Fair. Cartagena – Colombia.
Miami International Art Fair. Downtown aboard Sea Fair. Miami – USA.
Surrealism for the 21st Century Group Show. Articsok Gallery. Toronto, Canada.
Daegu Art Fair. International Art Fair Exco-Daegu – Korea.
National Society of Fine Arts, Carrousel Du Louvre, Canadian Delegation. Paris – France.
“Virgenes y Arcangeles” Club Alpino Chipinque. Monterrey – Mexico.
Emerging Directors Art Fair Ultra, Spiral Garden. Osaka – Japan
Transeuntes del Tiempo, with Jaime Jose, Club Alpino Chipinque, Galeria Artdealers. Monterrey – Mexico.
Colores de Latinoamerica 2010, “Sunfest” The Artist Project. London – Canada.
Genesis 28.11.09 Chalk Farm Gallery. Santa Fe – USA
Arwi, International Art Fair. San Juan – Puerto Rico.
Cruz Roja Mexicana. Banamex Centre. Nuevo Leon, Monterrey – Mexico.
Space -Vision, Lurie Art Galleries. Miami – USA.
XXX Anniversary show Cruz Roja Mexicana,
Banamex Centre. Nuevo León, Monterrey – México.
Imagine other Ways Spence Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
TIAFAIR Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto – Canada.
Little Treasures, Mittica Gallery. Toronto – Canada.
Sueños, Fantasias y Realidades, Art Dealers Gallery. Monterrey – Mexico.
Small Works, Roberto Martin Contemporary Art Gallery. Buenos Aires – Argentina.
Le Monde Surrealist of Marcelo Suaznabar and Tom Gray, Galerie d’ Art Contemporains. Montreal. Quebec – Canada.
10 World Artists Show, Gallery Virtual. Noosa Gallery. Sidney – Australia
Contemporary Bolivian Art, Dresden Bank. Hamburg – Germany.
Bolivia One Selection, National Museum of Art. Santiago – Chile.
The Portrait, DP Fong Galleries. San Jose California – USA.
Young Artists Agreement, Andres Bello. Bogota – Colombia and National Museum of Art La Paz – Bolivia.
II Mercosur Art Biennial, Porto Alegre – Brazil.
First International Contest of Art SIART 99, National Museum of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Identities. Emergent Young Artist from South America and Caribbean. International Development Bank. Passage de Retz. Paris – France.
XI Culture House Art Biennial, Raul Otero Raiche. Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
Three Artist, Moscosso Gallery. Washington DC – EEUU.
Bolivian Cultural weekend in Peru, National of Art Museum. Lima – Peru.
The Nude, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
XIII International Young Artist Symposium, Center of Art. Baie Saint Paul. Quebec – Canada.
Contemporary Arcángel from Bolivia, Arte Unico Gallery. La Paz – Bolivia.
Bolivia New Art., Mapocho Cultural Center. Santiago – Chile.
Four Young Artist, BHN Foundation’s Gallery of Art. La Paz – Bolivia.
Las Condes Cultural Corporation. Santiago – Chile.
Center for Extramural Studies, University Catholic of Chile. Santiago – Chile.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
Honorific mention. Rozas-Botrán Foundation. Guatemala City – Guatemala.
Distinction of Concejo Departamental de Culturas de Oruro. Oruro – Bolivia.
Distinction Bolivian Artists Association ABAP Bolivia. Oruro – Bolivia.
Distinction Institute Superior de Bellas Artes.Oruro – Bolivia.
Distinction Mesa Redonda Panamericana Oruro. Oruro – Bolivia.
Condecoration: Procer Pedro Domingo Murillo on the grade of Civic Honors given by Council of City Hall. La Paz – Bolivia.
3rd Price Lemon Competition, The Artist Project Toronto. Toronto – Canada.
Arts Council. Exhibition assistance. Ontario – Canada.
2nd Price Queen Competition, The Artist Project Toronto. Toronto – Canada.
Ontario Arts. Council. Exhibition assistance. Ontario – Canada.
Ontario Arts. Council. Visual Artist Mid-Career Grand. Ontario – Canada.
Best in Drawing Art FOCUS, Toronto Metro Hall, Toronto – Canada.
Especial mention given by the National Museum of Art in the International contest SIART 99. La Paz – Bolivia.
Distinction given by Mesa Redonda Pan-American. Oruro – Bolivia.
First Medal Artist. given by DIDEJU. Oruro – Bolivia
Honorary Diploma, given by Center for Extramural Studies, Catholic University.
Santiago – Chile.
Honorary Diploma, given by Government. La Paz – Bolivia.