Federico Brook was born in Buenos Aires in 1933.

In 1954 he graduated in Fine Arts at La Plata University.

In 1956 he established himself in Rome, where he got the diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts with Alessandro Monteleone and Pericle Fazzini.

In 1961 he was engaged to execute two eight–metre long terracotta works for the Palazzo del Lavoro, the edifice designed by architect Pierluigi Nervi on the occasion of the exhibition “Italia 61” in Turin .

In 1962, Brook was invited to the 31st Venice Biennial Exhibition with five big sculptures.

In 1963, in Rome, he sculpted “Latin Structure”, a stone fountain measuring 5 × 2.50 m.

In 1964 he received a commission for a stone and bronze fountain from the Republic of San Marino (1.50 × 1.00 × 0.60 m).
In the same year he executed “Totem”, a stone and bronze sculpture measuring 2.70 × 0.60 × 0.60 m. This work was meant to be integrated into the architectural structure supporting the concrete ceiling at the entrance of the medical clinic Villa Mafalda in Rome.

In 1965 he won the international competition for the monument to the Partisan Resistance at Gennazzano.

In 1966 he executed the baptistry of the church of S. Martino Papa in Rome. This work is made of stone, glass (dallas) and aluminium.
In the same year he was occupied with a bronze fountain – “Space Machine” (1.50 × 1.50 × 0.80 m.) - for the new RAI TV offices located in Viale Mazzini, Rome.
Finally, he carved a stone bas-relief entitled “Man Evolution” (5 × 2.20 m.) for an edifice located in Via del Casaletto, Rome.

In 1967 he sculpted a bas-relief made of stone and glass (dallas) (7 × 2.10 m.) and “Space Flight”, a fountain for the Parco Tirrena Residence in the Casaletto district, Rome.

Between 1969 and 1970 he executed “Space Figure S71/IMI”, a mobile polymethacrylate steel sculpture built into a large wall of the new IMI [Italian Institute for Financing Personal and Real Property] branch in the Eur district, Rome.

In 1971 he carried out some wall reliefs using concrete and enamel metal on a surface of 70 sqm, destined to a residential estate in Rome.

In 1972 Brook was invited to the 36th Venice Biennial Exhibition in the International Sculpture section.

Between 1973 and 1974 he designed and executed the ceiling for the new office of the Postmaster General in the Eur district, Rome. It consists of a variable module made of acrylic and metal.

Between 1978 and 1979 he executed “Space Figure T/E 45 78-79”, a mobile stainless steel sculpture measuring 2.80 × 2.20 × 2.00 m. This eight hundred kilos work was placed into a sheet of water at the new branch of Tirrena Insurance Company in Rome.

Between 1980 and 1981 he worked on eight stained-glass windows (extending on a total surface of 32 sqm). He was also commissioned to execute “Tiber”, a Carrara marble fountain for the offices of the Ministry of the Interior located in Via C. Lanza, Rome.

In 1986 Brook was invited to Barcelona Biennial Exhibition with three big open air sculptures, and in December of the same year to the second Havana Biennial Exhibition, in Cuba.

In 1989 he participated in the exhibition “Idiomi della scultura contemporanea 2” [Idioms of contemporary sculpture 2] at Somma Campagna.

In 1991 he exhibited two big sculptures in the piazzetta della Loggia at Spello, within the exhibition “Presenze – artisti stranieri contemporanei in Italia” [The presence of contemporary foreign artists in Italy].

In 1993 he won the 2% law competition for an open air sculpture in Civitavecchia. This 2.15 metre-high “Lying Cloud” is made of granite and onix.
In the same year, he was commissioned by the Municipality of Riccione to execute a big open air mobile sculpture, “Astronomic Cloud R/93”. This Carrara marble work is 4.50 meters high.

In 1994 he participated in the Sulmona Prize coming in for a special mention, and in the “Gioia Lazzarini” Sculpture International Prize at Pietrasanta. He also participated in the second International Biennial Sculpture Exhibition of Toyamura (Japan), where he was selected as one of the thirty artists who got to the finals.

In 1995 he was invited to the 41st Michetti Prize and to the Sulmona Prize.

In 1996 he won the competition organized by the Ministry of Transportation to execute a sculpture for the new branch of the Land Transportation Office of Rome. This thirty metre-high bas-relief – entitled “Invention of the wheel” – is made of pink travertino marble.
In the same year Brook was invited to the International Biennial Sculpture Exhibition of Carrara.

In 1997 he executed the “Cloud of Santo Tirso” for the international park of sculptures of Santo Tirso (Portugal). This granite work is 4.60 metres high.

Between 1997 and 1998 Brook won the competition to execute a travertino marble fountain in Terni, “The Time of Memory”.
At the same time he carried out two bronze bas-reliefs for the branch of the ENRE [National Electricity Board] in Buenos Aires. The subjects of the two works are “Man and Energy” and “Man in Space”.

In 1999 he executed “Comet Cloud”, a mosaic permanently exhibited in the underground station of Piazza della Repubblica in Rome. This work participated in the project “Arte-Metro Roma” [Art in Rome underground].
In the same year he went to South Korea to execute “Arch of Peace”. It is a 4.50 metre-high granite sculpture located in Pu Yo.
In 1999 he was also invited to the International Biennial Sculpture Exhibition of Toyamura.

In 2001 he participated in the exhibition “Immaginazione Aurea” [Golden Imagination] in Ancona displaying some pieces of jewellery he had executed during the past years.

In 2002 he participated in the 53rd Michetti Prize.

Brook was appointed member of Venice Biennial Exhibition board in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1990.

His works are displayed in public collections (such as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, the Museo Ca’ Rezzonico in Venice, the Gallerie Comunali of Macerata, Anticoli Corrado) as well as in private ones (in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, England, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Republic of San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela).

 

Exhibitions

1960
Galleria del Babbuino, Rome
1961
Galleria Tao, Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto
1962
Galleria Numero, Florence; Galleria Numero, Prato
1963
Galleria Il Torcoliere, Rome
1964
Galleria Goethe, Bolzano
1969
Galleria Studio Farnese, Rome
1970
Galleria Salga, Porto Ercole
1972
Galleria l'Argentario, Trento; Galleria Christian Stein, Turin
1973
Galleria Ante-Contacto, Caracas, Venezuela
1974
He was invited by the Municipality of Rome to exhibit a group of big
sculptures in Piazza Margana.
1975
He was invited to participate with five sculptures to the ninth Acireale International Exhibition of Art (Sicily), on the subject “Strutture visive, 1976 – Omaggio all’America Latina – Expò Arte di Bari (Brook Soto Maldonado)” [Visual Structures, 1976 – a tribute to Latin America – Art Expo of Bari (Brook Soto Maldonado)]
1977
“Artisti stranieri in Italia” [Foreign artists in Italy]. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. He participated with five sculptures.
1978
Galerie Union de Banques Suisses, Zürich
1978
Galería, Buenos Aires (Brook, Mac Entyre, Ocampo)
1979
Anthological Exhibition, St. Paul Monumental Church, Macerata.
1980
Galleria La Virgola, Fabriano
1982
Galleria Incontro d'Arte, Rome
1989
Espace Latinoamericain, Paris
1990
Anthological Exhibition, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires
1992
Galleria Rotta, Genoa
1995
Galleria L'Isola, Rome
2000
Galería Van Eyck, Buenos Aires
2001
Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires

 

Some of the prizes recived

1959
Rome Provincial Committee for Tourism
1960
Ministry of Education – Municipality of Genoa
Municipality of Rome
1961
Academy of Fine Arts, Rome
Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies, Rome
Presidency of the Senate of the Italian Republic
Banca di Santo Spirito
1962
University of Rome
Municipality of Gubbio
Municipality of Bracciano
1963
“Capitani Reggenti” [Captains Regent] – Biennial Exhibition of the
Republic of San Marino
1965
Municipality of Ancona
1966
President of the Italian Republic
1969
President of the Chamber of Deputies
Gubbio Biennial Exhibition

 

Writings about his works

Vicente Aguilera Cerni - Rafael Alberti - Jorge Amado - Antonella Amendola - Domenico Anconitano - Umbro Apollonio - Vito Apuleo - Giulio Carlo Argan - Miguel Angel Asturias - Pablo Baler - Carmine Benincasa - Berenice - Biagioni Gazzoli - Enzo Bilardello - Jorge Luis Borges - Arturo Bovi - Romualdo Brughetti - Palma Bucarelli - Silvina Bullrich - Enrico Butti - Mario Cagetti - Maurizio Calvesi - Carlo Fabrizio Carli - Luigi Carluccio - Bruno Caruso - Giorgio Cortenova - Costanzo Costantini - Mario Cova - Emanuela Crescentini - Enrico Crispolti - Gualtiero Daico - Giovanna Dalla Chiesa - Agnese De Donato - Giorgio De Marchis - Andrea del Guercio - Gianni Di Benedetto - Federica Di Castro - Albino Dieguez Videla - Giorgio Di Genova - Angelo Dragone - Fernando Elemberg - Carlo Espartaco - Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco - Franco Farina - Laura Feinsilber - Fermin Fevre - Daniela Fonti - Aldo Galli -.Sandra Giannattasio - Claudio Giumelli - Emilio Greco - Luis Grossman - Roberto Guevara - Lola Guiraldes - Ryk Huber - Achille Ippolito - Pierre Kalfon - Carlo Levi - Mario Lunetta - Simonetta Lux - Luigi Malerba - Valerio Mariani - Pietro Marino - Elverio Maurizi - Carlo Melloni - Murilo Mendes - Filiberto Menna -Dario Micacchi - Renato Minori - Duilio Morosini - Italo Mussa - Pier Luigi Nervi - Mario Novi - Samy Olivier - Sandra Orienti - Gian Pacher - Aldo Pellegrini - Elio Pecora - Bernardo Pinto de Almeida - Gio Ponti - Marta Ragozzino - Gregorio Recondo - Pierre Restany - Rolando Riviere - Olga Rodriguez da Pareja - Jorge Romero Brest - Giorgio Ruggeri - Raul Santana - Vinicio Saviantoni - Vittorio Scorza - Giuseppe Selvaggi - Edward Shaw - Franco Simongini - Rafael Squirru - Luigi Tallarigo - Claudia Terenzi - Maria Torrente - Lorenza Trucchi - Jorge Vehils - Marcello Venturoli - Guido Vergani - Luigi Viale - Carlo Villa - Lara Vinca Masini - Francesco Vincitorio - Billy Whitelow - Gerard Xuriguera - Cecilia de Zatainea


Reviews and books that published articles on his work

"Scultura Italiana Contemporanea" - Mendel
"Il collezionista d'arte moderna" - Botaffi
"Internazionale Kunst-Adressen" - Germania
"Sculpture Moderne" - José Pierre - Svizzera
'Arts Agency'~ "Domus'~ "Primera Plana'~ 'Art Aujourdhui" ecc...
"Marcatre' - 'impiego deIl'immagine" - Domenico Cara
"Un edificio per la RAI" - Edizioni Alftcri
"Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani"
"Historia del Arte Argentino" - R. Brughetti
"Roma Costruita" - A. Ippolito - M. Pagnotta
"Gente" - Argentina
"Enciclopedia del Arte en America" - B. Omena

Translation by Susanna Capezzone