Marta Penter

Biography

In her new series “Parallel Time,” Brazilian artist Marta Penter delves into the psychology of border-zones: between here and there, past and future, self and other, action and stillness. Rendered with her signature monochrome photorealism, accented with elements of bright pink or blue, figures flow through stages of transit, absorbed in their thoughts or the screens of their devices.
The feeling of a new, altered rhythm of time, a different temporal frequency, pervades these works, from the train images that capture the meditative state of riding in a car that never leaves the tracks, but progresses steadily toward a future destination, to the paintings of street scenes in which real and reflected views overlap, requiring the viewer to pause and sort out the perspective. One pair of paintings shows solitary women waiting, their feet on their luggage, in beach chairs, for an unknown duration and purpose, while another set of images finds people standing in a long line, waiting in a boarding area. Each figure represents an individual world with its own concerns, relationships, and narratives. They hover in the white space of the canvas the way they hover between here and elsewhere: in Penter’s words, a space where “past, present and future seem to merge in one dimension alone.”
Penter herself is an avid traveler, an artist whose creative process is sparked by the experience of being an observer in a new landscape: “being of the place, but not belonging to it.” When she found herself confined to her studio during the pandemic, she dug into her own memories of transit and in-between states, informed by the sense of floating in time during isolation. A small series of luggage handles cleverly evokes ideas about what is portable and essential, what baggage—mental and physical—we transport, how we “carry on” with our lives in the midst of larger events, even how we mold the world and are molded by it. In a moment when physical touch is carefully considered and rationed, the handles— ”intimately tied to the touch,” as Penter notes—take on special significance.
Born in Brazil in 1957, Marta Penter studied psychology before turning to art, a sensibility evident in her careful observations of human behavior and connections. She continues to live and work in in Porto Alegre, and has exhibited internationally at art fairs and museums.

Works in Museum Collections

2010 No Title, drawing on Arches paper, 150x78cm, Donated by  Marta Penter, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul.

2009 IN Suspenso, graphite and bic pen on paper, 40x30cm,  Donated by André Venzon, Museum of Contemporary Art of  Rio Grande do Sul.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022  Parallel Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Montecito, CA

2018 Floating Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2016  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016 Among Silence, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Entre Silencios, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009  IN Suspenso, Studio Clio Instituto de Arte e Humanismo, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2008 Intimidade Compartilhada, Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2007 Ao Pe do Olhar, Aquarelas, Galeria João Lagoa, Porto Alegre, Portugal.

2004 Cruzamento de Tempoos, Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2002 Memorias, Bolsa de Arte, Porto Algre, Brazil.

1995 Aquarelas, The King Hooper Mansion Gallery, Marblehead,MA.

1994 Viajando Por Si Mesmo, Galeria de Arte Mosaico, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

1992 Aquarelas, Galeria dos Arcos, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Grace Kelly 90 years, Prince Albert II, Monaco

            Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

            SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018 Art Market Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, NY, NY

2017 10 Year Anniversary Show, St. Helena, CA.

2016 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

            Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.

            Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Hyperrealism. Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea

2015 21c Hyperrealism: Breathing, Daejeon Museum of Art,  Daejeon, South Korea.

Hyperrealism: To See, To Show and To Be Seen, Suwon  Ipark Museum of Art - SIMA, Suwon, South Korea.

            Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

            PS Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.

            Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton, NY

            Constructive Voluptiousness - Drawing Pleasure and

            Planning in the MAC-RS Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

            Útero, museu e domesticidade: gerações do feminino na  arte, Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

            30 x 30, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012 Art Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.

2010 SF Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Rendez-vous avec une femme. Ed II., Galerie Adler, Paris, France.

2009 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2008 Aquarela Internacional, Pinacoteca de Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 Selecoes da Arte Contemporanea Brasileira, Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

2005 Tres Artistas Contemporaneos, Fundacao Cultural ECARTA.

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Selected Artworks

Handles l SOLD

Handles l SOLD

Oil on Paper

17 x 22 Inches Each

220074

Triptych Train | SOLD

Triptych Train | SOLD

Oil on Paper

52 x 154 Inches

220073

Traveler's Queue l SOLD

Traveler's Queue l SOLD

Oil on Linen

60 x 181 Inches

220072

Girl on a Blue Beach Chair l SOLD

Girl on a Blue Beach Chair l SOLD

Oil on Linen

47 x 79 Inches

210697

Stedelijk Museum Reflection | SOLD

Stedelijk Museum Reflection | SOLD

Oil on Linen

71 x 71 Inches

210696

Girl on a Pink Beach Chair l SOLD

Girl on a Pink Beach Chair l SOLD

Oil on Linen

55 x 75 Inches

210695

Amsterdam Train Reflection | SOLD

Amsterdam Train Reflection | SOLD

Oil on Linen

63 x 75 Inches

210694

Blue Train Reflection l SOLD

Blue Train Reflection l SOLD

Oil on Linen

75 x 98 Inches

210693

Works in Museum Collections

2010 No Title, drawing on Arches paper, 150x78cm, Donated by  Marta Penter, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul.

2009 IN Suspenso, graphite and bic pen on paper, 40x30cm,  Donated by André Venzon, Museum of Contemporary Art of  Rio Grande do Sul.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022  Parallel Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Montecito, CA

2018 Floating Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2016  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016 Among Silence, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Entre Silencios, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009  IN Suspenso, Studio Clio Instituto de Arte e Humanismo, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2008 Intimidade Compartilhada, Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2007 Ao Pe do Olhar, Aquarelas, Galeria João Lagoa, Porto Alegre, Portugal.

2004 Cruzamento de Tempoos, Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2002 Memorias, Bolsa de Arte, Porto Algre, Brazil.

1995 Aquarelas, The King Hooper Mansion Gallery, Marblehead,MA.

1994 Viajando Por Si Mesmo, Galeria de Arte Mosaico, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

1992 Aquarelas, Galeria dos Arcos, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Grace Kelly 90 years, Prince Albert II, Monaco

            Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

            SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018 Art Market Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, NY, NY

2017 10 Year Anniversary Show, St. Helena, CA.

2016 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

            Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.

            Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Hyperrealism. Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea

2015 21c Hyperrealism: Breathing, Daejeon Museum of Art,  Daejeon, South Korea.

Hyperrealism: To See, To Show and To Be Seen, Suwon  Ipark Museum of Art - SIMA, Suwon, South Korea.

            Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

            PS Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.

            Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton, NY

            Constructive Voluptiousness - Drawing Pleasure and

            Planning in the MAC-RS Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

            Útero, museu e domesticidade: gerações do feminino na  arte, Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

            30 x 30, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012 Art Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.

2010 SF Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Rendez-vous avec une femme. Ed II., Galerie Adler, Paris, France.

2009 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2008 Aquarela Internacional, Pinacoteca de Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 Selecoes da Arte Contemporanea Brasileira, Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

2005 Tres Artistas Contemporaneos, Fundacao Cultural ECARTA.

In her new series “Parallel Time,” Brazilian artist Marta Penter delves into the psychology of border-zones: between here and there, past and future, self and other, action and stillness. Rendered with her signature monochrome photorealism, accented with elements of bright pink or blue, figures flow through stages of transit, absorbed in their thoughts or the screens of their devices.
The feeling of a new, altered rhythm of time, a different temporal frequency, pervades these works, from the train images that capture the meditative state of riding in a car that never leaves the tracks, but progresses steadily toward a future destination, to the paintings of street scenes in which real and reflected views overlap, requiring the viewer to pause and sort out the perspective. One pair of paintings shows solitary women waiting, their feet on their luggage, in beach chairs, for an unknown duration and purpose, while another set of images finds people standing in a long line, waiting in a boarding area. Each figure represents an individual world with its own concerns, relationships, and narratives. They hover in the white space of the canvas the way they hover between here and elsewhere: in Penter’s words, a space where “past, present and future seem to merge in one dimension alone.”
Penter herself is an avid traveler, an artist whose creative process is sparked by the experience of being an observer in a new landscape: “being of the place, but not belonging to it.” When she found herself confined to her studio during the pandemic, she dug into her own memories of transit and in-between states, informed by the sense of floating in time during isolation. A small series of luggage handles cleverly evokes ideas about what is portable and essential, what baggage—mental and physical—we transport, how we “carry on” with our lives in the midst of larger events, even how we mold the world and are molded by it. In a moment when physical touch is carefully considered and rationed, the handles— ”intimately tied to the touch,” as Penter notes—take on special significance.
Born in Brazil in 1957, Marta Penter studied psychology before turning to art, a sensibility evident in her careful observations of human behavior and connections. She continues to live and work in in Porto Alegre, and has exhibited internationally at art fairs and museums.

Marta Penter
Biography

Press

Marta Penter

In her new series “Parallel Time,” Brazilian artist Marta Penter delves into the psychology of border-zones: between here and there, past and future, self and other, action and stillness. Rendered with her signature monochrome photorealism, accented with elements of bright pink or blue, figures flow through stages of transit, absorbed in their thoughts or the screens of their devices.

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