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Jorge Zerep (1947-2012)

Jorge who took the name “Zerep”, the youngest of the Peres Flores brothers, was the third one to graduate from “Escuela de Artes Plásticas Arturo Michelena” in Valencia, where he studies `Pure Art´ between 1965 and 1969. He participated in the “Salón Oficial de Artes”, in the “Bienal Latinoamericana de Dibujo y Grabado” and at “Salón des Grands et Jeunes d´ Aujourd´hui de Paris”, in 1978. The Museum of Modern Art in Monaco received him in 1979. Zerep. Also worked as a designer for all the publishing released by the “Universidad de Carabobo”, some of which turned out to be very inspiring, according his brother Darío.

By 1976 and with the support of the Universidad de Carabobo, Zerep moved to Paris, along with his wife. At this moment, the three brothers meet in Europe. Between 1977 and 1980, Zerep studies at the École des Beaux Arts de Vincennes-Paris VIII. Towards 1988, he exhibits with his brother Rafael in Switzerland.

Zerep will define his road as a sculptor associated to the Constructivism, a trend that precisely represented a transition between modeled and assembled sculpture. Zerep worked with materials that not so long ago had been hard to imagine in the art world, but had turned into “creation tools”.

From the beginning of the 70´s and for the following years, Zerep will develop his iron and polychrome steel sculptures, enhancing with dexterity a defying achievement of serial figures in space. To achieve that, he used straight iron or steel rods that he never modeled.The criterion employed by Zerep to build his pieces was systematic: increasing and decreasing modules, from 7 to 14 figures intertwined, displayed and calibrated in space. Zerep had a particular system in which just one welding spot is able to keep the equilibrium and harmony for the entire piece. It can even be held on a rotating axis.

By 1980, Zerep went back to Venezuela with a rich background influenced by Geometric Abstraction and Constructivism. It is important to highlight Zerep´s importance as a link between the constructivist sculpture (with itssystematic and pondered base, although with an artisanal elaboration), and the contemporary methods of creation that will be grouped under the label “neo constructivism”: a modern way of Constructivism that adds computer generated patterns offering a mechanical look, a distinctive technique.

Zerep´s propositions, even though they were never designed from a computer program, seemed to have seen clearly the future of the sculpture nowadays; loyal to Tatlin´s original concepts on art pieces: they exist by themselves, without pretension and symbolism. Zerep was able to gather 3 dimensions that allowed the viewer to asses the elegant complexity of his sculptures and their spatial presence.

Zerep is part of several art collections, at the “Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas”, “Museo de Arte de Maracay”, “Museo Polychronopoulos de Atenas” and many private collections. After his death in 2012, Zerep has had five different exhibitions acknowledging his great work.