Ricardo Pascale, son of Domingo A. Pascale Sisti and Amelia Cavalieri Catté, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1942. He started his training in visual arts at the age of 13, when his mother became aware of his natural talent for drawing.
His instructor, Elsa Carafi, who was at the time part of a group of art instructors formed by her sister, Mercedes Antelo, Bell Clavelli and Quela Rovira, led him in his first use of the techniques.
He soon discovered oil and watercolor painting. From then onwards, his life would go along two, apparently diverse but intrinsically close, activity paths: visual arts and the academic world, which would continue to intertwine in his activities until the present. In the early sixties, faced with the decision to choose between a career in architecture or economics, he opted for the latter (largely driven by an interest to understand the economic downslide that had affected Uruguay since his childhood). However, his interest for the visual arts and architecture remained unchanged. In 1966 he graduated at the University of the Republic in Uruguay, in Economics and Administration1.
During his university years, he continued drawing and working in various visual art disciplines.
He has also travelled extensively. Spending more than one third of his adult life outside the country has given him the opportunity to get acquainted with the great Baroque, Renaissance, and contemporary masters. This direct contact with visual arts in the most important art centers of the United States, Europe and Latin America was paramount for his artistic education. With the return of the country to democracy in1985 he was appointed president of the Central Bank of Uruguay, developing another essential aspect of his vocation: public service.2
Under his chairmanship, and at the suggestion of Jorge Abbondanza, the Pedro Figari Award in Visual Arts was created – which exists until today – and an art collection was started.
Furthermore, an old residence was purchased in the Old District of the city of Montevideo to be the site of the Figari Museum.
In 1989, while he was still at the Central Bank, his interest in the arts led him to join the Center of Plastic Arts run by Nelson Ramos, where he worked intensely for four years, moving from drawing to crayon, collage, and then to etching, oil, acrylic, watercolors, and mixed techniques His need to work in space became increasingly obvious and he started with wood reliefs to then gradually move to sculpting; working with wood, iron and textile fibers.
In 1995 Nelson Ramos pushed him to organize his first solo exhibition, which was held at the Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos, in Montevideo. Later that year, he had a solo show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first of a series of national and international exhibitions. In 1999, he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale representing Uruguay; two years later he participated in the biennale of Cuenca.
Since then his works have been part of solo and group exhibitions in the National Museum of Visual Arts of Uruguay, the Fine Arts Museum of Chile, the Museum of the Nation of Lima, Peru, at the Museum of Man and Guayasamin Foundation in Quito, Ecuador, in the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico DF, at the Museo del Barro in Asunción, Paraguay, at the Joan Miró Exhibition Centre of Madrid, and at the Batuz Foundation in Germany. He has also participated in solo exhibitions in private galleries and art centers in New York, Washington, Miami, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Berlin.
His works are part of numerous museum and private collections in Europe, Asia, South America and North America. A considerable part of his artistic production has found a place in public spaces and buildings: Moonlight 2012 in New York; Otra Ilusión Nocturna 2011, in Punta del Este, Uruguay; Tramonto 2008, at Estancia Vik, in José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay; Catorce Orientales 2008, in Fundación Atchugarry, Punta del Este, Uruguay; 100 años del Rotary Internacional 2006, in Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay; Después 2006, at Las Cumbres, Maldonado, Uruguay; La gran serie de F 2005, at the National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay; De buena base 2005, in Montevideo, Uruguay; Antropología de la Memoria 2004, at the M’Bopiquá logistics terminal of the Spanish firm ENCE, Fray Bentos, Uruguay; at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt; Gran Viejo Smoking 2003, in the front gardens of the Uruguayan embassy in Washington, D.C., Awakening in D.C. 2003; Ilusión Nocturna 2002 in the Park of Sculptures, of the Kunst Museum Bonn, Germany; Barricas de mi bodega 2001 at the winery Establecimiento Juanicó in Canelones, Uruguay; in the gardens of Sans Souci in Potsdam, Germany, Hommage à la correspondence III 2001; at the República O. del Uruguay park in Lima, Peru, Catorce Orientales 2001; Viejo Muelle 2000, in Nueva Palmira. Colonia, Uruguay; Memorial de Paso Pache (2000), in Florida, Uruguay; La Gran Función 2000, at the Bastión del Carmen, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay; Omaggio a Ca’ Foscari 2000 in the gardens of the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice, Italy; Viejo Lobo de Mar 2000, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, USA; Amaneciendo Verticalmente 1999 at the entry hall of the building of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA; Hommage à la correspondence II 1998 at the Park of Sculptures of Edificio Libertad, Montevideo, Uruguay; Hommage à la correspondence I 1995, at the Batuz Foundation, Altzella, Dresden, Germany.
In the year 2002, he published the essay La imagen en la búsqueda, on the relations between medicine and the visual arts: how both disciplines intertwine and are mutually enriching, how the scientific quest has developed the research on images and vice versa.
In 2003 he was declared Honorary Citizen of San Fele, Italy, his family´s hometown, and for his contribution to sculpting he was awarded the distinction of Cartero Honorario del Uruguay. In 2005 he received the Morosoli Prize for his sculpting work. That same year, for his contribution to the fields of science and art, the Republic of Italy awarded him the title of Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana. In 2009, he received the prize Premio Rioplatense of the Rotary Club of BuenosAires and Rotary Club of Montevideo for his contribution to science and arts. In 2012, he was awarded the Diploma di Gratitudine al Merito della Provincia di Potenza, “for being a representative of Lucanian talent in the world, the pride of our community, a brilliant example of a man of the arts and the sciences”.
He has participated in juries of various visual art prizes, competitions and art biennales, and is currently a member of the National Commission of Visual Arts of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay, which he presides.
He currently lives and works in Montevideo.
1. His academic career will continue to have an active trajectory maintained until the present: a few years later he obtained a doctoral degree in Information and Knowledge Society in Barcelona, Spain, and lately a postdoctoral degree in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles, United States. At the age of 23, he started his teaching career, which continues until the present. In 1969 he completed his first specialization in Finance at the World Bank, in Washington D.C., United States. That same year, at the age of 26, he was appointed professor of Finance, through a competition process for the post. He then founded the Finance Department at the University of the Republic, the first one within the structure of the university in Uruguay. In 1999 he created the postgraduate degree of specialization in Finance, and in 2005 the first Master’s degree in Finance in Uruguay.
2. He remained in office until 1990. He was appointed again in 1995 and stayed in office until 1996.
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