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Magdalena suarez Frimkess: biography, selected museum exhibitions and shows at kaufmann repetto



born in 1929 in Caracas, Venezuela. She lives and works in Venice, California.

Since the 1970s, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess has been creating hand-painted, rather than dipped, glazed ceramics which feature content varying from mythological motifs to pop characters and advertisements, from both history and memory. Utilizing sculptural forms, Suarez Frimkess’s works share her personal story as well as her unparalleled representations of the socio-political times through which her career has endured.


selected museum exhibitions

Although Suarez Frimkess’s artworks in collaboration with her partner and life-long collaborator Michael Frimkess achieved acclaim, her first solo exhibition was not until 2013, at 84 years-old, at South Willard, Los Angeles. Subsequent solo exhibitions were held at South Willard, Los Angeles (2015, 2018, 2019) and White Columns, New York (2014).

Her two-person and group exhibitions include How to Read… Disney, Mak Center, Schindler House, Los Angeles, (2017); Looking Back, The 9th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (both 2015); Made In L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (all 2014); and The Cat Show, White Columns, New York (2013).


shows at Kaufmann Repetto

vent’anni – twenty years, 2020, group show at kaufmann repetto Milan
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, 2017, solo show at kaufmann repetto New York
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, 2016, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

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Selected solo exhibitions

2018 Magdalena Suarez Frimkess | New Work, South Willard, Los Angeles
2017 Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, kaufmann repetto, New York
2016 Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, kaufmann repetto, Milano
2015 Magdalena Suarez Frimkess | New Works, South Willard, Los Angeles
2014 Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, White Columns, New York
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, South Willard, Los Angeles

Selected group exhibitions

2020 Vent’anni – Twenty Years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, Milan
2019 Siobhan Liddell: Nobody’s World, Gordon Robichaux, New York
2017 How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney, MAK Center, Sindler House, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Magdalena Suarez Frimkess & Ben Russell, Michael Jon & Alan, Miami
2015 The Avant-Garde Won’T Give Up: Cobra And Its Legacy, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Kelly Marie Conder, Bella Foster, South Willard, Los Angeles
Looking Back / The 9th White Columns Annual, selected by Cleopatra’s, White Columns, New York
2014 Selected By…, Limoncello, London
Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles
Made In L.A. 2014, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2013 Grapevine, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
The Cat Show, White Columns, New York
Why is Everything the Same?, Shoot The Lobster, New York
2012 Michael and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, South Willard, Los Angeles New Work/ Vintage, Lacoste Gallery, Concord
2011 Contemporary Ceramics, Danese, New York
1988 Comic Iconoclasm, Cornerhouse, Manchester

the New Yorker, 2019

The New York Times, 2017

Modern Mag, 2017

The New Yorker, 2017

L’Officiel, 2017

Artforum, 2016

The New York Times, 2014

The New York times style Magazine, 2014