Rosa Maria Unda Souki

Born in 1977 - Venezuela


Born in Caracas in 1977, in a family in which arts have always played a fundamental role. Her maternal grandfather, Lebanese, became very young the owner of the first movie theater in a country town in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Her maternal grandmother, daughter of the Brazilian poet Ataliba Lago, was an actress and a pianist.

Her mother, a Languages teacher, gave her the taste for cultural diversity and language musicality: Spanish, English and Portuguese… Her father was an avant-garde 60-70’s Venezuelan architect and intellectual. He was one of the artistic directors of the famous multimedia show Imagen de Caracas, presented in 1968 in the Venezuelan capital. In her childhood, her father introduced her to the 20th century’s ‘leading artists’ and intellectuals works: literature, musical popular and classical culture from Brazil and Latin-America. He was the one who helped her plunge into the marvelous world of huge drawing boards, Chinese ink, coloured pencils, paper, rulers and compass. Working tools for him but magical objects for her. He used them in his daily work, she took them in secret to make her first art experiences.

At the age of 16, she was accepted into the Fine Arts Armando Reveron Institute of Caracas (IUESAPAR), and studied with, among others, Luis Perez-Oramas, Sandra Pinardi, Luis Lizardo, Consuelo Mendez, Luis Alberto Hernandez and Luis Eduardo Cabreras. As a freshmman in 1994, Rosa Maria was awarded the IUESAPAR Poetry Contest First Prize. In 1999, she graduated with highest honour, and she moved to Brazil the next year to study a Master of Arts and Image Technology in the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Studying mainly Photography and Video, she obtained in 2002 her Master’s degree summa cum laude with a publication recommandation for her thesis.

She moved to France in 2004 with her husband, a PhD Law student in the Sorbonne University. The same year, she won the First Painting Prize of the Prix Signatures, contest created in 1959 with the support of Culture Minister André Malraux. This award was the beginning of a dynamic career during which her work obtained European recognition. In 2010, the House-Museum Federico García Lorca in Grenade dedicated to her a solo exhibition devoted to the poet’s houses. In 2011, she participated at the 56th Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge (Montrouge Contemporary Arts Salon) and received the Special Prize from the Jury, presided by Antoine de Galbert, Founder and President of the Maison Rouge, and composed by Contemporary Art prominent figures, such as, among others, Stéphane Corréard (Curator of the Salon de Montrouge since 2009), Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr (President of the Palais de Tokyo and auctioneer), Laurent Le Bon (Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz), Jules Maeght (editor) and Marc-Olivier Wahler (Curator and Director of the Palais de Tokyo between 2006 and 2012).
In November 2011, Rosa Maria holds at Palais de Tokyo her exhibition called Expropiation, as a Salon de Montrouge prizewinner, and as one of the artists representing France at the Young European Creation Travelling Biennale (2011-2013).

Rosa Maria lives and works between Brazil, France and Spain. Her work is exposed in France, Spain and other european countries.

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Born 1977, Caracas, Venezuela
Lives and works in Belo Horizonte

Master of Arts and Image Technologie, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Bresil

Bachelor in Fine Arts, University Institue of Fine Arts Armando Reverón (IUESAPAR), Caracas, Venezuela

Angle Londres et Allende (1937-1954), Galerie Dukan, Paris, France

Esquina Londres c/ Allende, Institut Français, Madrid, Spain

Expropriation, Palais de Tokyo, Module I, Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France

Las casas de Federico, Centro de Estudios Lorquianos, Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Spain
Chez Federico, Galerie Picot-Le Roy, Morgat, Presqu’île de Crozon, France

Espaces Intimes, Galerie Le Latina, Paris, France

33 m², Galerie Siret, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Em trânsito, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Un monde léger et profond. Carte blanche à Stéphane Corréard, Art Up ! Grand Palais, Lille, France

Pinta London, The Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Show, Galerie Dukan, London, UK
Le mur – Collection Antoine de Galbert, Maison Rouge, Paris, France
O que temos hoje para o almoço, CEIA, FUNARTE-MG, Brazil

Collection 3, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clérmont Ferrand, France

Permeabilidades, CEIA, FUNARTE-MG, Brazil
Art for Youth, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
1O ans Galerie Picot - Le Roy, Morgat, Presqu’île de Crozon, France

Biennial of Young European Creation, Austria, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Netherlands

56° Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge, Montrouge, France

Galerie Siret, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Milade », Galerie Europi, Paris, France

Prix Signatures », Galerie Siret, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Conocer Reconociéndose, Jacobo Borges museum, Caracas, Venezuela

Cave Canem, University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Plástica Interactiva – Visiones de Caracas, Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

I students' exhibition, IUESAPAR, Caracas, Venezuela

Canson prize nomination, Paris, France
Fondation Colas prize, Boullogne-Billancourt, France.

Salon de Montrouge special prize, Montrouge, France

Signatures prize, firsy painting prize, Galerie Siret, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Scholarships Master of Arts and Image Technologie, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Bresil

Special mentio for the exhibition Plástica Interactiva – Visiones de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

First Prize, IUESAPAR - CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela

Antoine de Galbert Collection
Fondation Colas Collection
Michel Poitevin Collection
Patronato Federico García Lorca, Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Spain

Anaël Pigeat, "Dans le cadre de l’invisible", Art Press N° 407, January 2014, pp. 60-64
Anaël Pigeat, "Rosa Maria Unda Souki: Peinture domestique", Le Quotidien de l'Art, N° 518, January 10, 2014, p. 8
Juan Cruz, "El dolor no borró la carcajada de Frida Kahlo", El País, December 12, 2013
Jérôme Bernatas, "Salle comble pour la vente aux enchères", Le Parisien, November 17, 2011
Frédéric Bonnet, "Montrouge Un vrai Salon", Le Journal des Arts, May-June 2011
Maurice Ulrich, "Un tremplin pour la scène d’aujourd’hui", L’Humanité, May 31, 2011
Harry Bellet, "Le Salon de Montrouge, terre de découvertes", Le Monde Culture 23, May 7, 2011
Catherine Mafaraud-Leray, "Attends-moi, je reviens tout de suite", Décharge N° 148, December 2010
"Una exposición rescata los espacios íntimos de Lorca", Granada Hoy, Actual 55, October 14, 2010
Inés Gallastegui, "El espíritu de Federico, en sus casas", Ideal, Cultura 41, October 14, 2010

Le Mur, Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert, 2014
Esquina de Londres y Allende, Institut Français de Madrid, 2014
Biennale de la Jeune Création Europééne, 2011-2013
56° Salon de Montrouge, 2011
La Bible de la Figuration Contemporaine, Editorial Lelivredart 2011- 2012
Karen Genschow, Federico García Lorca, Editorial Suhrkamp Verlag, 2011
Las Casas de Federico, Patronato Cultural Federico Garcia Lorca, 2010
Chez Federico, Galerie Picot-Le Roy, 2010
Espaces Intimes, Galerie Le Latina, 2006
33m2, Galerie Siret, 2004
Conocer Reconociéndose, Museo Jacobo Borges, 1999

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