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Rita Soto, Jewelry maker

Rita Soto: The Art of unleashing “inanimate” creatures.

Rita Soto is in constant search for a language of its own through art jewelry. She creates by experimenting with natural fibers and horsehair while innovating traditional basketry techniques from her country: Chile.

The artist creates biomorphic objects and creatures that establish multiple dialogues between the organic and the poetic. In doing so, she plays with weaving identities, interweaving imaginary, transforming objects into pieces of art jewelry.

Rita Soto

Rita Soto Ventura, 1977, Santiago / Chile.

Education

2002 Industrial Designer, Metropolitan Technological University, Santiago, Chile.

2011 Cultural Management, University of Chile, Santiago. Chile.

2011 Course: Quality Certification Systems for Crafts. CEDDET-AECID, Spain.

Professional Positions

2002 – Present Artist Jewelry RITA SOTO

2012 – Present Founder and teacher at LAJOIA Jewelry School

2008-2016 Advice on Design-Crafts projects with government organizations, Chile.

2005-2011 Founding partner VIVEDISEÑO Studio

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018  Interweaving an imaginary, PURA JOYA – Art Jewellery Fair, Santiago, Chile.

2018 Interweaving an imaginary, MY DAY-BY DAY GALLERY, Rome, Italy.

Group Exhibitions

2020 Chain Goldsmiths, Museum of memory and human rights, Santiago, Chile.

2019 Chilean Cocktail Vol.2, Off Joya Barcelona, Haimney gallery, Barcelona, Spain.

2019 Interiors, Joyabrava Association, Munich Jewellery Week, Munich, Germany.

2018 Chilean Cocktail Vol.1, Munich Jewellery Week, PunktPunkt KommaKunst Gallery, Munich, Germany.

2018 Interiors, Joyabrava Association, Museo del Traje, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2018 Common Stories, Joyabrava Association, ART-STGO, GAM, Santiago, Chile. Corporación Cultural de Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.

2018 Interiors, Joyabrava Association, Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver, Legnica, Poland.

2018 Estética de lo Cotidiano, Joyabrava Association, PURAJOYA FAIR , Santiago, Chile.

2018 Develar, Casa del Sol, Santiago, Chile

2017  Common Stories, Joyabrava Association, Munich Jewellery Week, Stations Studio and Art Space, Munich, Germany.

2017 Common Stories, Joyabrava Association, Off Joya Barcelona, Crafts Center of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

2017 Twenty three. Contemporary Jewelry in Ibero-America, National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon, Portugal.

2017 Common Stories, Joyabrava Association, Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver, Legnica, Poland.

2017 Subjetividades Objetuales, Casa del Sol, Santiago, Chile.

2016 Figuraciones, Organized by Joya Brava Association and Argentine Jewelers:

Casa Prochelle I Cultural Center, Valdivia, Chile.  Museum of Decorative Arts (MAD). Santiago. Chile.

José Hernández Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2015 Quiltro, Joyabrava Association, Circuit ‘Off Joya Barcelona’, Barcelona, Spain.

2015 JOY eros / Eroticism-Jewelry-Body, Joyabrava Association, symposium under construction II, Valparaiso, Chile.

2014 JOY eros / Eroticism-Jewelry-Body, Joyabrava Association: Circuit “off Joya Barcelona”, Spain.

2014 Cromática, Joyabrava, AUTOR, Bucarest, Rumania.

2013 Baroque Persistence, Joyabrava Association: Corporación Cultural de Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. 5° Meeting of Plateros and 1st Meeting of Goldsmiths in Copper, Rancagua, Chile.

2012 Cromática, JoyaBrava Association, National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile

Grants, Awards and Residences

2020 Giogielli In Fermento 20|21 Part 1, Selected International Contemporary Jewelry Competition, Italy.

2020 FONDART Nacional – Existential Parasitism project – Contemporary Jewelery Bestiary ,  Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile.

2019 Selected Enjoiat Awards 2019, AFAD, Barcelona, Spain.

2019 Arts and Crafts Design Award, Certificate of Excellence, Croacia.

2018 Finalist Loewe Craft Prize 2018, Pieces: Folds of Memory, The Design Museum, London, England.

2018  Latin American Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, 3rd Prize: Brooch “Wild Parasitism”, José Hernández Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Collections and Acquisitions
2017 Piece “Refugies I”, MUDE, Francisco Capelo Collection, Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Artists Talks and Lectures

2020 Talks: The Power of Technique as a Weapon of Expression, Virtual Seminar Dialogues with the Environment 360, Contemporary Jewelry, UTEM, Metropolitan Technological University, Santiago, Chile.

2020 Live: LOEWE EN CASA, Studio tour with Jewellery Artist Rita Soto, Published by IG: @loewe

2017 Talks: Between weaving imaginary, EASD Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

2017 Talks: JOYABRAVA | Grow together – Associative experience, Crafts Center of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

2016 Talks: JOYABRAVA | Grow Together – Associative experience, Latin American Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, José Hernández Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2016 Talks: JOYABRAVA | Grow Together – Associative experience, Meeting Contemporary Jewellery, MAD Museum, Santiago, Chile.


Curatorial Projects

2020 Create Day 2020, invited to participate with a video of the work, www.createday.org

2020 Encuentro Local, www.encuentrolocal.cl, Santiago, Chile

2020 Selvedge World Fair, www.selvedge.org, London.

2020 ZONAMACO- Contemporary Art Mexico, Trecesintres Gallery , CDMX, México.

2019 LOOT – MAD About Jewelry, MAD Museum, New York, EEUU.

2019 International Biennial: Salon Revelations, Selected as representative of Chile in Le Banquet , Grand Palais, Paris, France.

2019 A Flor de Piel 2019, Mistral Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.

2019 The strength of textile, jewelry, Curator: Luis Acosta, La Galeller Gallery, Sevilla, Spain. Atelier-Galerie: Caractere, Neuchatel, switzerland. TINCAL LAB Gallery, Porto, Portugal. Galería LALABEYOU, Madrid, Spain.  Context Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.

2019 Trece sin tres Gallery, Jumex Museum, CDMX, Mexico.

2019 ZONAMACO- Contemporary Art Mexico, Trecesintres Gallery , CDMX, México.

2018 Materia Metamorphosis, Creativity Oggetti Gallery, Turin, Italy.

2018 Cicatrices, Ergo Gallery, Symposium in Construction III, Religious Art Museum Monseñor Toro, Santa Fé de Antioquía, Colombia.

2017 ERGO Gallery, Joya Barcelona – Art Jewellery Fair, Barcelona, Spain.

2017 Territory and Resistance, Ergo Gallery, Santiago, Chile.

Professional Developments

2020 Virtual Workshop: micro basketry technique in horsehair, Selvedge World Fair.

2019 Workshop DE PELOS, Crafts Center of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

2019 Workshop DE PELOS, Teranyina Textile, Barcelona, Spain

2018 Workshop DE PELOS, Estudio Joya | Jewelry School, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2017 Workshop: micro basketry technique in horsehair, EASD Valencia, Valencia, Spain
2017 Workshop: micro basketry technique in horsehair, Crafts Center of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

2016 Workshop: micro basketry technique in horsehair, Atellier Graciela Lescano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Memberships
2012-Present JOYABRAVA Chilean Association of Contemporary Jewelers , member and president between the years 2014-2018, Santiago, Chile.

2020 Art Jewelry Forum, Members.

2020 KLIMT02, Members.

 

My work comes from the search for a language of its own and from textile experimentation, working for many years with natural fibers and traditional basketry techniques from my country, Chile.

Would you like to learn more about this artist? Would you like to enquire about art jewelry pieces or objects available? Would you like to commission / co-create a piece with her?

Get in touch! marta@tamagit.com

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