Horacio Zabala was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. He is an artist and an architect (UBA). Since his early exhibitions, he has explored things, their images and situations. Through his artistic practice, he creates, redirects or transforms some inert and obscure relationships around him to ascribe different identities and meanings to them. Between 1972 and 1976, he was part of the Grupo de los trece at the Centro de Arte y Comunicación (Center for Art and Communication, CAYC), where, in 1973, Jorge Glusberg presented his “Anteproyectos”, an inaugural exhibit that makes up an extensive work program that would influence his later poetics. Between 1976 and 1998 he lived in Rome, Vienna and Geneva; he currently resides in Buenos Aires.
Since 1970, he has carried out many solo and group exhibitions in Europe and America. In 2004, he was awarded the Primer Premio Adquisición at the Salon Nacional de Rosario; in 2005, the Gran Premio Adquisición at the Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales; in 2018, the Achievement Award from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Art Collection in Miami.
His works belong to collections of public and private institutions, including:
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de Sâo Paulo, Sao Paulo; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Museo de Arte Tigre, Buenos Aires province; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile; Middlebrough Institute of Modern Art, England; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Rosario; J. P. Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York; Colección Fundación Alon para las Artes, Buenos Aires. Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, Nueva York.
Anteproyecto de arquitectura carcelaria. Celda individual, 1973
Graphite on tracing paper, 33 × 21.4 cm
Anteproyecto para un monocromo amarillo entre paréntesis, 2013
graphic ink and pencil on paper 53 x 74 cm.