Roberto Edwards - Enrique Zamudio (Chile) # 131 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Enrique Zamudio (Chile) # 131 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1989, Printed 2009
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Concepción Balmes (Chile) # 221 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Concepción Balmes (Chile) # 221 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1989, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Jaime Zapata (Ecuador) # 197 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Jaime Zapata (Ecuador) # 197 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Radhamés Mejía (Dom. Rep.) # 161 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Radhamés Mejía (Dom. Rep.) # 161 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Julio Larraz (Cuba) # 100 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Julio Larraz (Cuba) # 100 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1992, Printed 2008
39 3/8 x 67 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 42 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 42 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2008
63 3/4 x 47 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 11 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 11 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2007
51 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
63 3/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Ofelia Dammert (Peru) # 82-83 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Ofelia Dammert (Peru) # 82-83 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2002, Printed 2008
49 1/4 x 78 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 8 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 8 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2007
51 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Sebastián Leyton (Chile) # 34-35 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Sebastián Leyton (Chile) # 34-35 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2001, Printed 2008
49 1/4 x 78 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Santiago Cárdenas (Colombia) # 6 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Santiago Cárdenas (Colombia) # 6 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1996, Printed 2007
51 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Benito Rojo (Chile) # 128 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Benito Rojo (Chile) # 128 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1986, Printed 2008
63 3/4 x 49 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Nicolás García Uriburu (Argentina) # 2 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Nicolás García Uriburu (Argentina) # 2 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1999, Printed 2008
47 1/4 x 75 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 126 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 126 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2008
39 3/8 x 67 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Joaquín Molina (Argentina) # 138 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Joaquín Molina (Argentina) # 138 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1999, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Radhamés Mejía (Dom. Rep.) # 171 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Radhamés Mejía (Dom. Rep.) # 171 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 190 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Gastón Ugalde (Bolivia) # 190 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Jaime Zapata (Ecuador) # 200 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Jaime Zapata (Ecuador) # 200 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2007, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Ricardo Maffei (Chile) # 219 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Ricardo Maffei (Chile) # 219 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1986, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Anamaria McCarthy (Peru) # 91 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Anamaria McCarthy (Peru) # 91 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2002, Printed 2009
63 3/4 x 49 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 63 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 63 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2008
35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 64 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 64 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2008
35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 80 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 80 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2008
35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 81 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Alfredo Prior (Argentina) # 81 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2008
35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Rogelio Polesello (Argentina) # 5 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Rogelio Polesello (Argentina) # 5 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
47 1/4 x 74 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Arcangelo Ianelli (Brazil) Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Arcangelo Ianelli (Brazil) Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1994, Printed 2012
63 1/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Arcangelo Ianelli (Brazil) Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Arcangelo Ianelli (Brazil) Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
63 1/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Arcangelo Ianelli (Brazil) Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Arcangelo Ianelli (Brazil) Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
63 1/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Maria Gracia Donoso (Chile) # 1 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Maria Gracia Donoso (Chile) # 1 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
47 1/4 x 75 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Maria Gracia Donoso (Chile) # 4 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Maria Gracia Donoso (Chile) # 4 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
63 1/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Verónica Rubio (Spain) #4 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Verónica Rubio (Spain) #4 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
63 1/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Verónica Rubio (Spain) #3 Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Verónica Rubio (Spain) #3 Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Verónica Rubio (Spain) Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Verónica Rubio (Spain) Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
63 3/4 x 42 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Roberto Edwards - Linda Mason (England) Cuerpos Pintados
Roberto Edwards
Linda Mason (England) Cuerpos Pintados - Painted Bodies
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1997, Printed 2008
47 1/8 x 75 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 7) on verso.

Cuerpos Pintados

03/24/2012 - 05/05/2012

Cuerpos Pintados is a unique project that marries the concerns of painting, performance art, documentation and photography. In the last 25 years more than 100 painters and countless models have participated in a rich interactive dialog exploring the potential of the body as both a landscape and a three dimensional canvas. My introduction to this project started with the book, Painted Bodies, which was published by Abbeville Press in 1996. The preliminary 45 painters were from Chile, as the studio is located in Santiago; however, soon painters from all over South America, Europe and the United States wanted an opportunity to work collaboratively at Taller Cuerpos Pintados.

Roberto Edwards photographs have been exhibited in over 40 museums throughout the world and have intrigued, fascinated, and amazed viewers. His photographs are accurate records of an organic project that has endless variations and morphs into an amazingly productive exploration of the expressive power of the body. When I first approached Roberto Edwards about exhibiting his work in a fine arts photography gallery, as opposed to a museum environment, he was reluctant. He thought that the American sensibility was too conservative and 'provincial' to embrace and appreciate his photographs in the spirit that they were created. To his surprise, art lovers young and old were thrilled and challenged by this visionary project. Happily, in various exhibitions over the last 5 years, we have placed an extensive number of Mr. Edwards photographs into collections that have been national and international in scope.

Initially we met at the workshop in Santiago and viewed the various photographs that had been part of the museum exhibitions. We discussed our proposed plan to show Roberto's photographs at Art Fairs in the U.S. During the next several days we had the opportunity of examining dozens of boxes that contained the original slides from each of the shoots that took place at Taller Cuerpos Pintados. Since most of the work predates digital photography, we made our selection from 35 mm slides. It is hard to image the life, vitality and energy the pictures possessed when they were enlarged (utilizing a lambda press) to the corresponding sizes of the work in the catalog. The surfaces are tactile and dance with color and movement. Each picture possesses a spirit and mood unique to its creation.

On our last visit to Cuerpos Pintados Taller we had an opportunity to watch both a body painting session and a subsequent photographic shoot. I realized that the process of painting the body takes an amazing amount of time, energy, vision and discipline. Unlike a 2 dimensional piece of paper or canvas the movements of the body, and the variety of body parts compound the challenge of painting a 3 dimensional object. Some of the painting projects are very detailed and precise and others are looser and more expressive. The painting must be completed in a day. The artist's intentions are clearly manifest in the final product. However, the body as both subject and object definitely help determine the painter's outcome.

Watching Roberto Edwards photograph is like watching a drama unfold, but one that has no linear narrative. Initially the actions are directed by Roberto, but invariably the models start to move and strike a myriad of poses on their own which derive from an almost dance - like ritual. When Roberto photographs he never corrects or changes the original painting, but uses tools like cropping, changing focus, and compressing space through depth of field and f-stop selection. He also has the cinematic equivalents of long shot, medium shot, and close up at his disposal. Sometimes he builds images through multiple exposures and montaging. Under the heat of the lights of the studio, the movements of the models activates their skin and the paint starts change as their bodies starts to absorb pigment. The paint smudges and the borders blend as the body sweats. All of this is recorded as another variable in the process of documenting the performance of the model.

The group of photographs pictured in this catalog represent the third chapter in our journey through the archives of Cuerpos Pintados. As a testament to the richness of this ongoing cooperative artistic exploration the subjects, moods, palettes and intentions of the pictures keep unfolding in new and surprising ways. Some painters produce body paintings that are multi-media using props, projections and light while many express themselves purely with paint. After 5 years of having the privilege of exhibiting and finding collectors to share the Cuerpos Pintados project with, we are constantly teased into wondering what we will discover next. Our journey with this wonderful body of work seems closer to the beginning than to the end.

Holden Luntz
March 6, 2012