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The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia opens Mario Petrirena's first retrospective
Mario Petrirena, untitled, 2016, collage on board, 12 x 9 inches, Courtesy of Artist and Sandler Hudson Gallery.

ATLANTA, GA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia announces the opening of the distance between by Mario Petrirena. The exhibition takes place in the upper level galleries at MOCA GA. Exhibition dates are February 24, 2017 – April 29, 2017.

Mario Petrirena was born in Cuba and was raised during the political upheaval of the 1960s. At the age of 8, he was one of 14,000 children evacuated to America during Operation Pedro Pan. At an early age, he began facing the challenges of dual heritage and identity that many immigrants and refugees still face today. Petrirena’s work, a combination of ceramics, installation pieces, and collage, reflects both the struggles and the value of his dual identities in an emotional and intuitive manner. MOCA GA is fortunate to have multiple works by Petrirena in its permanent collection and the exhibition is a major retrospective of the prolific 30-year career of this artist. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue in order to document Petrirena’s impacts in the literary canon of American art history.

Petrirena received BA from the University of Florida in 1977 and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. His 30+ year career has been extremely successful as evidenced by numerous awards and solo exhibitions. He has exhibited throughout the nation at museums such as The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the High Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1988 and Pollock/Krasner Fellowship in 2006. He is included in multiple publications. Sandler Hudson Gallery has represented the artist for nearly 30 years. Petrirena’s work is featured in collections such as, The High Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Lehigh University, Clayton State College, in addition to numerous corporate and private collections. The exhibition at MOCA GA is the first retrospective for Petrirena and is the largest solo exhibition of his work to date. The accompanying catalogue explores many series of work that he has continued throughout his career, focusing on works from 1985-present.

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