Saúl Kaminer (1952-)
Born in Mexico, Saúl Kaminer studied architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) between 1970 and 1975, where he wrote his thesis on the urban recreation of the pre-Hispanic cities Teotihuacan, Tula and Tenochtitlán. Moving to Paris the following year, he remained in the city for the next twenty-two years – though he has kept strong ties with Mexico.
In Paris, he was one of the founding members of the group Magic Pictures, which was established in 1982 with eight other Latin-American artists; the group had strong ties with artist Roberto Matta. Kaminer had a great number of solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries and institutions in Mexico, France, the United States, and Spain. These included Las cuatro tierras (1994-1995), at the Museo de Bellas Artes, Mexico and the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; and Cruce de caminos (1998) at the Casa Lamm, Mexico, and Instituto Moralense à Cuernavac. In Paris, gallery Thessa Herold presented three solo exhibitions of his work. Kaminer also participated in an exhibition of monumental sculptures for the Sculpture Garden in Xilao, Guanajuato. Currently, Kaminer divides his time between Paris and Mexico.