Sebastian Spreng

  • Born in Esperanza, Santa Fe (Argentina) is a self-taught artist and music journalist. He spent his childhood in Esperanza, in the Argentinian countryside (the Pampas) and in the Atlantic Coast in Mar del Plata moving to Buenos Aires in 1973. At age 17 his works were exhibited in Buenos Aires in a group exhibit Artists from Esperanza at the Fundación Lowe. The next year he had his first solo exhibit at Martina Cespedes Gallery in the San Telmo district of the Argentinean capital. The show was sold out on opening night and the gallery held his work exclusively for the next seven years. In 1978 he was the stage-designer for a theater production of Jean Cocteau‘s The Eagle Has Two Heads in Buenos Aires. During the 1980s, he settled in Miami (Florida) and has been a vital presence in the Florida art scene ever since. Since moving to Florida he had solo and group exhibitions in Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto, Caracas, Düsseldorf, Essen, Munich, Osaka, Tokyo, Panama, Italy, Buenos Aires, Sarasota, Key West and Miami. His works were included in the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum in the Paradise Lost exhibition, in the Miami-Dade Public Library System and in the show Latin-American Artists from Florida in the Palazzo Mediceo (Medici), Seravezza, Tuscany, Italy in 2002. His awards include the Hortt Competition at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the 1995 Personal Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the State of Florida. In 1994, he was commissioned by Metro-Dade Art In Public Places to create a permanent exhibition at the Miami-Dade Government Center. The series Nonet for the Long Journey, is a memorial tribute to the American with Disabilities Trailblazers.

    In 2009 his work Daphne was selected for the book “Speak for the Trees” along 70 other artists including David Hockney, Christo, April Gornik, Yoko Ono, Julie Heffernan, Robert Longo, Mark Ryden, the Starn Brothers, etc.

    Music is usually present in his work and whole series were based on musical structures titled: Liederkreis Opus I and II, Ring Landscapes on Wagner‘s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Sinfonietta, Impromptus, Chamber Music and Reverberations. His paintings graced the covers for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra Playbills, the New World Symphony 1995-96 Season Program Book, the Florida Grand Opera 1998-99 Season Program and CD covers (Henryk Gorecki, Ildebrando Pizzetti and the Grammy Award Da Pacem with works by Arvo Pärt ).

    Since 1988 Spreng writes about classical music for magazines and newspapers and is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America.

     

    Solo Exhibitions

     

    2011- Salad Bar – Kelley Roy Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, Florida

     

    2009 – Handmade Horizons & Songs – Kellley Roy Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, Florida

     

    2008 – Liederkreis / Op. II – Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

     

    2007 – Liederkreis – The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida

     

    2006 – Arden Gallery, Boston, Massachussets

     

    2005 – Ring Landscapes – Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

    Kent Gallery, Key West, Florida

     

    2004 – Chamber Music Opus 3 – Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

     

    2003 – The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida

    Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

    Arden Gallery, Boston, Massachussets

     

    2002  – Seeking Light – Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

    Paths – Galeria Arteconsult, Panama, Panama

     

    2001 – Witness – Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

     

    2000 – Inner Island – Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

     

    1999 – Reverberations – The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida

    Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

     

    1997 – Oasis - The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida

    Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

     

    1996  – Galeria Arteconsult, Panama City, Panama

     

    1995 – Chamber Music – Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

    Chamber Music – The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida

     

    1994 – Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela

     

    1993 – Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

    Galeria Arteconsult, Panama City, Panama

     

    1992 – Sinfonietta/Impromptus - The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida

     

    1991 – Metro-Dade Cultural Resource Center, Government Center, Miami, Florida

    Water:inspiration & image -West Kendall Library, Miami, Florida

     

    1990 – Park Gallery, Fort Lauderdale / Boca Raton, Florida

    Known/Unknown – Interamerican Art Gallery – MDCC, Miami, Florida

     

    1989 – Silent Voyages – Galerie Helene Grubair, Miami, Florida

    Galeria Atica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1988  – Spanisches Kulturinstitut in Residenz, Munich, Germany

    Galerie in Burgermeisterhaus, Essen-Werden, Germany

     

    1987 -  Galeria Atica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1986 – Veranos – Galeria Martina Cespedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1982  – Galeria Financiera  San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1981 – Casa de la Cultura, Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina

     

    1980 – Interiores – Galeria Martina Cespedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1979  – Casa de la Cultura, Necochea, Argentina

     

    1977 – Variaciones sobre un tema – Galeria Martina Cespedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1976 – Pueblos blancos – Galeria Martina Cespedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

     

    1975 – Galeria Martina Cespedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina