SAUL BALAGURA Artist

Saúl Balagura was born in Cali, Colombia, in 1943. At age seventeen had his first solo exhibition. Throughout his life he moved in parallel universes of arts and sciences. The self-taught artist holds a M.D. from Universidad del Valle [1964], a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University [1967], and a Neurosurgery degree from Albert Einstein Medical Center [1980]. In 1994 he retired from the world of science and opened a studio, first in Tesuque, New Mexico and since 2006 in Houston, Texas. His expressionistic work is a direct result of the interaction of his background with artistic influences from artists as varied as Willem de Kooning, Eduardo Guayasamin, el Greco, Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States.


PAINTING EXHIBITIONS

2008 - "Take Me", a new painting/poem exhibited in conjunction with "Darfur: Photojournalists Respond". Holocaust Museum Houston (March-September), Houston, Texas.
2005 "Girls, Girls. Girls", Expressions in Fine Art Gallery (December 16-29), Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2005
- Artist-in-Residence, Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus Art Gallery, September 25-29, Tampa, Florida.
2005 - "The Girl Series" (Curated by Elsa Villa, Dir.), Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus Art Gallery, Latin-American Art Festival (September 7 - October 22), Tampa, Florida.
2005 "The Girl Series: Selected Works", Anya Tish Gallery, (July 23 - August 20), Houston, Texas.
2005 - "Plowing Stones" new paintings and poems, Holocaust Museum Houston, (July 21- September 26), Houston, Texas.
2005 - "Clinging to Humanity: In Search of Hope", Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, (January 5 - February 27), Orlando [Midland], Florida.

2004 - Reproduction of "Silence" included in the permanent exhibition "Mapping Our Tears" at the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio.
2004 - "Clinging to Humanity: In Search of Hope", Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, (October - December), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2004 - "Clinging to Humanity" - Paintings and Poems of the Holocaust (Curated by Elsa Villa, Dir.), Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus Art Gallery, (March18- April 30),Tampa, Florida.
2003 - Six Paintings in "Arte Iberoamericano" Group Show (Curated by Marta Sozzi, Argentina), Cobo's Gallery, León, Spain.
2002 - "Clinging to Humanity: In Search of Hope" (Curated by Dan Reich), St.Louis Holocaust Museum (March 25-July 15). St. Louis, Missouri.
2001 - "Jewish Artists on the Edge" Group Show (Curated by Ori Soltes), Yeshiva Univ. Museum (November 7 - December 7), Newark, New York.
2001 - "Clinging to Humanity: Paintings and Poems of the Holocaust" by Saul Balagura, Virtual Gallery Tour @ www.flholocaustmuseum.org.
2001 - "The Holocaust Series" on loan to Florida Holocaust Museum, Tampa/St.Petersburg, Florida.
2001 - "Clinging to Humanity: Paintings and Poems of the Holocaust", Beit Lohamei Haghetaot, Western Galilee, Israel (POSTPONED)
2000 - "Clinging to Humanity: Paintings and Poems of the Holocaust" (Curated by Stephen Goldman), Florida Holocaust Museum (September 11-January 20), Tampa/St.Petersburg, Florida.
2000 - "Clinging to Humanity: Paintings and Poems of the Holocaust" (Curated by Amy Duke) Holocaust Museum Houston (May 9-August 25), Houston, Texas.
1999 - Monothon (Group Show), Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1999 - Friends of Contemporary Art ­Group Show (Curated by David Turner, Dir. Colorado Fine Arts Center), Cline-LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1998 - "Clinging to Humanity: Paintings and Poems of the Holocaust" (Curated by Ellie Methner) Holocaust Museum Houston (July 16 - September14), Houston Texas.
1998 - "Of Flowers and Music", 18 paintings and drawings, Expressions in Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1998 - Friends of Contemporary Art-Group Show (Curated by Helen Heninger), Cline-LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1997 - "I Did See You" - Presentation of Holocaust Paintings and Poems. BUILDING HISTORY: ART, MEMORY AND MYTH. Organized by The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center, Goethe Institute, etc., Munich, Germany.
1997 - "Emerging Perceptions", 25 paintings, Expressions in Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1997 - Monothon (Group Show): Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1996 - "Pansophic Pantomimes: Expressions of the Mind", 17 paintings, Expressions in Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1996 - Monothon (Group Show): Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1996 - "Hate"- Group Show (Jury Competition), Española Valley Arts Council, Bond House, Española, New Mexico.
1995 - Selected Works: Expressions in Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1995 - "Departures & Disclosures"-Group Show, (Curated by Tamara Lichtenstein), David Rettig Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1995 - Master Program (Wolf Kahn), Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1995 - Monothon (Group Show): College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1994 - Member, Live Poets Society, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1994 - Establishment of private art studio in Tesuque, New Mexico.
1992 - Cover Art for Victoria Symphony Orchestra Program, Victoria, Texas.
1992 - Bronze Medal, American Physicians Art Association, San Antonio, Texas.
1992 - Exhibition: 34 paintings, Mesquite Gallery, Victoria, Texas.
1987 - Exhibition: 31 paintings, The Studio, Urbana, Illinois.
1962 - Exhibition: 19 paintings: El Palique, Cali, Colombia.
1961 - Exhibition: 20 paintings, Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia.
1958 - 1st Price-Group Show, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

POETRY READINGS & PUBLICATIONS

2008 – Paintings/Poems Presentation. Latin-American Teachers Conference. January 30, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, Texas.
2007 – Paintings/Poems Presentation. Latin-American Teachers Conference. January 25, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, Texas.
2006 – Paintings/Poems Presentation. Latin-American Teachers Conference. January 24, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, Texas.
2005 - A series of 4 lectures about the artist's creations and readings of his poems about the "The Girl Series". September 26-29, Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus, Tampa, Florida.
2005 - Publication of book of poems and paintings "Plowing Stones: Poems of the Holocaust". Published by the Holocaust Museum Houston (www.hmh.org), Houston, Texas. June 2005
ISBN # 0-9659781-5-X.
2005 - Publication of book of poems and paintings in Spanish "Arando Piedras: Poemas del Holocausto". Published by the Holocaust Museum Houston (www.hmh.org), Houston, Texas. June 2005
ISBN # 0-9659781-6-8.

2004 - Selected poems from "The Holocaust Series", Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, (October 17), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2004 - Series of Readings from "The Holocaust Series", Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus Library, (March 29-31),Tampa, Florida.
2002 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series" March 25, St.Louis Holocaust Museum, St.Louis, Missouri.
2001 ­ Three Poems: The Board, The Lamp, The Two of Us, published in Journal of Genocide Research (2001), 3(3), 471-474.
2001 - Selected Poems from the "Holocaust Series". Yom A¹Shoah (Day of Remembrance). November 10. Temple Beit Tikva, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2000 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". September 11, Florida Holocaust Museum, St.Petersburg, Florida.
2000 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". September 10, Borders Books, St.Petersburg, Florida.
2000 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". September 9, Methodist Church, Sarasota, Florida.
2000 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". September 8, Barnes & Noble, Tampa, Florida.
2000 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". March 9, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, Texas.
1998 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series" for Yom A¹Shoah. November 8, Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1998 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". July 19, Border¹s Books, Houston, Texas.
1997 - Poetry from "The Holocaust Series". November 11, Conference on The Holocaust, Augsburg, Germany.