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Sergio Purtell

1955 Chile

4 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist
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Sergio Purtell American, b. 1955 in Santiago, Chile, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In his current photographic project Real, Sergio Purtell bears witness to the ongoing changes in Brooklyn and areas beyond. As he sees it "the recycling continues, the cities and their landscapes evolve according to the needs of its population." He documents the architecture and the landscape of an industrial era being abandoned, and the neighborhood communities being displaced. His visual sensitivity towards landscapes and their people was formed during childhood travels in his native Chile: on the busy streets of Santiago and the lonely expanses of the Pan American Highway. Sergio Purtell emigrated from Chile to the United States in 1973. He received a BFA in photography from RISD (1980) and his MFA from Yale (1982). After teaching photography for several years he moved to New York City to work as a commercial photographer, shooting for design studios, prestigious magazines and publishers. At the same time, Purtell established a studio to pursue his love for printing, working first for the Walker Evans Estate. A master printer, he now concentrates his business on photographic printing, continuing to collaborate with artists, galleries, and museums to help actualize their photographic projects. Purtell has also managed to continue his career as a fine artist; his work has been both exhibited and collected worldwide.


2015 Sergio Purtell, In Brooklyn: Architectures of Disappearance, April 8 – May 17, ART 3, Brooklyn NY

1987 Fotogaleria Nueva Imagen, Pamplona, Spain

1986 Chambre Claire, Paris, France Foto Centre, Lerida, Spain Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT Jean-Luc Mayoussier Gallery, Bridgeport, CT Bay Vista Gallery, Florida International University, Miami, FL

1985 Fotogalerie, Hamburg, Germany Galerie XYZ, Ghent, Belgium Forum Fotogaleria, Tarragona, Spain Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1982-86 Laughlin/Winkler Gallery, Boston, MA

1982-83 Arturo Edwards Gallery, Santiago, Chile



2014 Inaugural Exhibition, ART 3 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Bushwick Open Studios, ART 3 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY The Contemporary Landscape through the eyes of four international photographer, February 27 - April 12, Soufer Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL The Photographers Gallery, London, England Das Akfoto, Munich, Germany Center Aalst, Belgium Fotogalerie, Cardiff, Wales Semana International Fotografia, Guadalajara, Spain Folkestone Museum, Kent, England Usher Gallery, Lincoln, England Cartwright Hall, Bradford, England

1985 Musee Reattu, Arles, France Boulder Center for Visual Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO F32 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Museum of Arts and Sciences, Bridgeport, CT Palais Congres, Royan, France

1983 Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT Clara M Eagle, Murray State University, KY

1982 Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile Kern Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, PA Panamerican Art Institute, Panama City, Panama



Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA University of Colorado, Boulder, CO Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama, Panama Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt, Germany Das Akfoto, Munich, Germany Stichting Foto, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Private collections in USA, Germany Japan, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Belgium, Chile and Panama Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Works by Sergio Purtell

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