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Mark Soltero

Mark Soltero is an artist based in Christchurch, NZ whose practice draws on memories and personal history. Working in a deliberately monochrome palette, he makes paintings, prints, drawings and photographs that interrogate relationships between image, memory and materiality.

Mark Soltero's research based approach to the changing function of pictorial space is based on a range of source material (e.g. Jacques Derrida to Sean Carroll). The decision to work in a limited palette functions both as a discipline in the process of decision making and as a reference to light and space, presence and absence, time and information.

Space, in contemporary painting, engages viewers in a temporal experience that may also refer to other events, to other spaces both real and conceptual. Soltero's “Back Catalogue in Black and White” is an ongoing project taking the form of many smaller series. His explorations highlight events which, especially in hindsight, have come to carry greater meaning through their subsequent influence over time: to pick out, select, gather, enumerate, to “put down and declare”(1).

Soltero completed his MFA in December 2014 at the oldest art school in NZ; Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, working with Michele Beevors and Leoni Schmidt, and is currently Head of Visual Arts and Art History at Papanui High School, Christchurch, NZ.

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