Francisco Tomsich is an artist and author born in Uruguay in 1981. He produces exhibitions, publications, works for the stage, research models and pedagogical devices since 2003, operating with different media, languages and tongues. He has co-founded and integrates many non-disciplinary associations of artists and cultural workers in South America and Europe. He participated in the 7th MERCOSUR Biennial (2009) and the 1st Montevideo Biennial (2012). His works have been exhibited and published internationally and awarded on many occasions, including the National Prize for Literature of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay (2012) and the FEFCA Scholarship for young artists from the same institution (2013). His works are characterized by the attention paid to the material conditions of production in the time and place in which they occur and the urgency to produce critical dialogues between images of the past, notions of the present and active models of the future. He lives in Istria.
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AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
- Third National Prize for Literature for the book of short stories Auga. Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, 2020.
- Fondo Concursable para la Cultura, National Grant Program for the Visual Arts, Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, for the project “Give my regards to those you connect (The Clemente Project)”, 2018.
- Artistic Research Scholarship for Young Artists (FEFCA), Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, for the project Realisms, allegories and functions: towards an assimilation of the recent visual arts from Eastern Europe, 2013.
- Fondo Concursable para la Cultura, National Grants Program for the Visual Arts, Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, for the project Tempel der Medusa / Templo de Medusa, 2013.
- Fondo Concursable para la Cultura, National Grants Program for Dance, Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, for the project Los hombres sin paz (with the choreographer and dancer Ruth Ferrari), 2013.
- 1st National Literature Prize for Unpublished Poetry, Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, for the book El viento, 2012.
- Fondo Concursable para la Cultura, National Grants Program for Literature, Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, for the book Sonetos a dos (with Horacio Cavallo), 2008.
- Scholarship Award, 52nd National Prize for the Visual Arts, Ministry of Education and Culture/ Foreign Office/ Torstrasse 111, Berlin, Germany, 2007.
- Exchange scholarship, D.A.U. Highschool, Colonia Valdense, Uruguay – Celciusskolan, Uppsala, Sweden, 1999.
- 24th International Fine Arts Symposium Festival Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2021.
- 28th International Symposium of Art – Slovenia open to the art, Sinji vrh, Slovenia, 2020.
- Confini / Límites. On-line international residence program, Ottovolante association, Bologna, Italy, 2020.
- Touch the Space, “South America-North Macedonia. New beginnings” artists-in-residence program by Makedonida, Atinska 2, Skopje, North Macedonia, August 2019.
- D’Clinic Studios / Tractor, Lendava, Slovenia, 2014.
- Cruces, International Art Workshop, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2011.
- Pedagogical Project, 7th MERCOSUR Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2009.
- Achugar, Hugo (comp.), El descontento y la promesa. Nueva/Joven narrativa uruguaya [The dissatisfaction and the promise. New/Young Uruguayan narrative], Montevideo, Trilce, 2008.
- Artur Lescher (et al), 7ª Bienal do Mercosul: grito e escuta, Porto Alegre, MERCOSUR Biennial Foundation, 2009.
- Ana Gallardo (et al), Marina de Caro (ed.), Micrópolis experimentais: traduçoes da arte para a educação, Porto Alegre, MERCOSUR Biennial Foundation, 2009.
- Bruña Bragado, María José. Inventivas (neo) barrocas en el Uruguay, Magazine Nuestra América, N. 6, August-December, 2008.
- De León, Alicia; Morera, Florencia, (Re)presentando a Conchillas [Representing Conchillas], in: Anuario Plataforma, Ministry of Education and Culture/Plataforma, Montevideo, 2009
- Di Maggio, Nelson, Artes Visuales en Uruguay: un diccionario crítico [Visual Arts in Uruguay: a critical dictionary]. Montevideo, 2017, p. 261.
- Focaccio, Diego, Inevitablemente pop: el alma, Montevideo, National Museum for the Visual Arts, 2008.
- Giuria, Paula, Ruth, Francisco y los hombres sin paz, in: Cuestiones de Danza, National Institute for Stage Arts (INAE), Montevideo, Uruguay, 2015.
- González, María de los Ángeles, Los más jóvenes: poesía uruguaya actual [The youngest ones: actual Uruguayan poetry], Lecture, ACEC, Barcelona, Spain, 2010.
- Grau, María Eugenia, “Diferentes generaciones y lenguajes en el arte contemporáneo” [Diverse generations and languages in Contemporary Art], in: Arte en Uruguay Hoy [Art in Uruguay today], Ministry of Education and Culture, Host Country Secretariat of the IDB – IIC Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, 2012.
- Grau, María Eugenia, Loess, Juan Manuel Blanes City Museum for the Fine Arts, Montevideo, 2010.
- Muhvich, Vladimir, “Estrategias de preservación y conservación. Dos casos de estudio” [Conservation and preservation strategies. Two study cases], in: El arte que hacemos y qué hacemos con el arte [The art we make and wht we make with art], Contemporary Art Center (EAC) Publications, Volume 3, Montevideo, 2012, pp. 168-170.
- Peluffo Linari, Gabriel, Artes visuales [Visual Arts], Colección Nuestro Tiempo [Our Times Series], Libros del Bicentenario [Book of the Bicentennial], National Comission for the Bicentennial, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2014.
- Rodrigues de Mendonça, Vera, Comunicação estética na arte contemporânea: a mediação e institucionalidade, Universidade do Rio do Janeiro, Centro de Educaçao e Humanidades, Instituto de Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010.
- Voices of transition. Contemporary Artists from Slovenia. Imago Mundi – Luciano Benneton Foundation. Texts by Luciano Benetton, Igor Španjol, Igor Zabel, Claudio Scorretti & Irina Ungureanu.
- Vv.Aa., Uno, varios, casi todos [One, someone, almost everyone], Contemporary Art Center (EAC) Publications, Vol. 2, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2012.
- 52nd National Prize for the Visual Arts, Montevideo, Ministry of Education and Culture/National Museum for the Visual Arts, 2006.
- 54th National Prize for the Visual Arts, Montevideo, Ministry of Education and Culture/National Museum for the Visual Arts, 2010.
- 56th National Prize for the Visual Arts, Montevideo, Ministry of Education and Culture/National Museum for the Visual Arts, 2012.