Guillermo Ueno

About Guillermo Ueno

Guillermo_Ueno Photo: Fernando Mariani

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Born in Buenos Aires and raised according to Japanese customs, Guillermo Ueno’s multicultural heritage includes maternal and paternal japanese grandparents who immigrated to Argentina between 1926 and 1933.

On two separate occasions the artist moved to Japan. He lived in Nagoya during 1989 to 1990 and in Tokyo from 1991 to 1992.

A few years later, Ueno, who received training at the Escuela de Arte Fotográfico de Avellaneda, became the assistant to Alberto Goldenstein, founder and curator of the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas.

Ueno aims to create imagery that reflects Japanese adaptability and multiplicity of character. He describes his narratives as koans (Zen Buddhist riddles) that depict partners in a dreamy, erratic trajectory.

Ueno’s settings range from interior domestic dwellings, where members of the minority Argentine population of Nikkei heritage experience private, mundane yet introspective moments, to outdoor scenes of solitary figures in secluded landscapes.