Camnitzer, Luis (1937–)

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Camnitzer, Luis (1937–)

Luis Camnitzer (b. 1937), Uruguayan artist. German born, Camnitzer emigrated with his family to Uruguay in 1939. He studied sculpture and architecture at the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay in Montevideo in the 1950s, and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (1957). He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1964 and moved to New York City, where he was also granted a Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship (1965–1966). He was a founding member of the New York Graphic Workshop (1967). During this period he used text without images to describe spaces and objects in installations. He has taught at the Pratt Institute, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and, since 1969, at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.

In the 1980s he addressed themes related to human rights and environmental decay in Latin America. An outsider to the art market system, Camnitzer has devoted a great deal of his time to writing about art and organizing noncommercial exhibitions. In 1994, he published a book, New Art of Cuba. As of 2007, he lived in Great Neck, New York.

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Century .


Angel Kalenberg, Luis Camnitzer (1987).

Luis Camnitzer, Gerardo Mosquera, and María Del Carmen Ramírez, Luis Camnitzer: A Retrospective Exhibition 1966–1990 (1991).

Additional Bibliography

Farver, Jane. Luis Camnitzer, Retrospective Exhibition, 1966–1990. Bronx, NY: Lehman College Art Gallery, 1991.

                                              Marta Garsd