Guillermo Kuitca was a child prodigy who began painting seriously at the age of six and had his first solo exhibition at Galería Lyrolay in Buenos Aires when he was just thirteen. Between 1980 and 1982 he developed a repertoire of iconography that would feature prominently in all his work. This distinctive language was shaped by his first visits to Europe, where he had the opportunity to see works by the most important European masters, from Diego Velázquez to Christian Boltanski, and was particularly impressed by the work of Francis Bacon and by a visit he made to an exhibition on Frida Kahlo in Madrid. In 1982 he came in contact with Pina Bausch and her dance company and began to collaborate on theatre productions, an area in which he continued to work until 1984. During those years, he produced ‘Nadie olvida nada’, a series of paintings in which beds are a constant presence. Between 1984 and 1987 he made another series of paintings of theatre spaces, and in 1987 he started painting roadmaps, plans of apartments, and maps of cities. In the 2000s he once again collaborated on a number of theatre projects, creating the set design for La Casa de Bernarda Alba at the Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires, and working with architect Norman Foster to design the stage curtain of the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The common thread that runs through Guillermo Kuitca’s work—reflected in both the empty spaces of his canvases and his contributions to theatre projects—is a philosophical reflection on solitude, a universal theme which the artist has developed through biographical references. Kuitca lives and works in Buenos Aires.
David G. Torres