Invisible & Intangible


Teresa Burga Cropped

Teresa Burga is a Peruvian multimedia artist whose conceptualist pieces from the 1960s and 1970s have positioned her as a precursor in the arts. Burga graduated from Lima’s Catholic University in 1965. She came to be actively linked to pop and experimental art in Lima through Grupo Arte Nuevo and has developed a reputation as a leading-edge, trend-setting artist. Her art has been exhibited throughout Latin America.

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Burga’s latest project, Estructuras de Aire (Structures in Air) represents the first variation of her original 1978 artwork of the same name. With this new variation, she proposes the construction of an invisible and intangible sculpture held together by two columns of air. In essence, Estructuras de Aire is an impossible piece to see and it is entirely delivered to the other senses. Once the perceived air structure is felt, it is instantly deconstructed. This project represents one of the more experimental and unexplored paths in the history of Peruvian art within the last half century that have been linked to the global processes of dematerialization.


Born Peru, 1935

Education Master of Arts, from the School of the Art at the Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Awards 2014 Grants & Commissions Award from CIFO.

Selected Exhibitions The Sixties (2013), Galerie Barbara Thumm (Berlin 2011), Die Chronologie der Teresa Burga, Berichte, Diagramme , Intervalle (2011), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2010), Reports. Schemes. Intervals. (2010), Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (1980-1981), Perfil de una Mujer Peruana (1974), Cuatro Postes at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (1972), Autorretrato. Estructura, Informe (1972), Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (1967), Objetos at the Cultura y Libertad (1966), Lima Imaginada at the Galeria Cultura y Libertad (1965), Pinturas y Grabados at the Galeria Siglo, Teresa Burga & Anna Oppermann at the Galerie Barbara Thumm (Berlin, 2012), the 12th Istanbul Biennial in Istanbul (2011), Prácticas subversivas: Arte bajo condiciones de represión política 60s - 80s (South America and Europe, 2009), Arte Nuevo y el resplandor de la Vanguardia (2008), Disidencia experimental transformación visual y cultural (2007) and Lima deshabitada at the Galeria John Harriman (2005).



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