Bianca Pratorius c.v.
In my work I explore pattern, structure and repetition through the use of simple yet labor- intensive processes. I continuously investigate different materials for their structural and tactile potential and the process of selecting them is very deliberate. The soft forms I create from felt revolve around the process of hand cutting the felt into very organized ladder type pattern which seems to dissolve into organized chaos upon installation. The forms are never preconceived, but are created spontaneously upon installation by letting the inherent sensuality of the material express itself. My pieces counteract the notion of an object's or sculpture's permanence as they are unplanned expressions on a wall or space that can never be repeated exactly once the form is removed.
My collages satisfy my need to translate what I have created in 3-D into a 2-D format. The process of creating a 2-D language around the felt sculptures is an ongoing one. I use various printmaking techniques as well as drawing and other mixed media techniques to create the collages. I continue to explore and follow the leads of my own content and thus my work has become a sort of self perpetuating organism continuously shifting back and forth between 3-D and 2-D.
Bianca Pratorius was born in Cologne, Germany in 1969. She started her formal training at the Holzfachschule, Köln where she received her degree in fine furniture building and design and subsequently moved to Miami where she attended International Fine Arts College.
Her work is featured internationally in many private and corporate collections including the "Millennium Partners Collection" permanently housed in the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. She has exhibited her work at the Gulf Coast Museum in a three person show as well as the 2012 Biennial for Installation Art at the Appelton Museum of Art. She was featured in a solo show at Ground Arts, New York City in 2013 as well as the Boca Raton Museum of Art 2013 juried exhibition and competition and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014. Her was has been exhibited internationally in numerous Art Fairs including AAF Hong Kong and London.
In her work Pratorius explores pattern, structure and repetition through the use of simple yet labor- intensive processes. She continuously investigates different materials for their structural and tactile potential and the process of selecting them is very deliberate. The soft forms she creates from felt revolve around the process of hand cutting the felt into very organized ladder type pattern which seems to dissolve into organized chaos upon installation. The forms are never preconceived, but are created spontaneously upon installation by letting the inherent sensuality of the material express itself. Her pieces counteract the notion of an object's or sculpture's permanence as they are unplanned expressions on a wall or space that can never be repeated exactly once the form is removed.
Affordable Art Fair NYC, Cancio Contemporary, October 2014
2013 Aqua Art Fair, Cancio Contemporary, Miami Beach, Fl
2013 Miami's Independent Thinkers Juried Competition, Scope Art Fair, Miami Beach, Fl
2013 Affordable Art Fair NYC, Cancio Contemporary, October 2013, NYC
2013 Audrey Love Gallery, Papering, curated by Ananda Demello, Miami, Fl
2014 Running Free, FAT Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, Fl curated by Luky Cancio and Bonney Goldstein
2014 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, Cancio Contemporary, March 2014, Hong Kong
2013 Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Biennial, Hollywood, Fl
2013 Boca Raton Museum of Art, 62nd All Florida juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton, Fl
2012 Scope Art Fair, Swenson Gallery, Booth K18, Miami, Fl
2012 Verge Art Fair, "Tomorrow Stars" juried exhibition, Miami Beach, Fl
2012 Audrey Love Gallery, If a Tree Falls, a Chain Reaction... Miami, Fl
juried by Carol Jazzar, curated by Ananda Demello
2012 Ground Arts,Forward. Rewind. Repeat, NYC, NY
2012 Studio 18, Wrapt Attention, Pembroke Pines, Fl
2012 Encaustic Works 2012, A Biennial Exhibition in Print, juried by Joanne Mattera
2012 Appleton Museum of Art 2012 Biennial: Florida Installation Art, Ocala, Fl
2012 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Two Doors Down, Sarasota Fl
2011 Tempus Projects, Return to Sender, Tampa, Fl
2011 Wynwood Art Fair, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Fl
2011 Audrey Love Gallery, Common Threads, Miami, Fl
2011 Graham Center Art Gallery, The Conversation Starts Here, Miami, Fl
2011 Audrey Love Gallery, Impressed, SOFLA Printmaking Exhibition, Miami, Fl
juried by Tom Virgin, Pavel Ouporov & Suzanne Scherer
2009 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, Fl
2007  Art, Five + 5, Tampa, Fl
2006 C. Emerson Fine Art, Raise Up, St. Petersburg, Fl
2006 ADM Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 3 person exhibition, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, Fl
2013 Ground Arts, NYC, NY, Opening Reception April 23rd, 2013
2011 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Turning Points, Sarasota, Fl
2005 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Filmed Edifices, Sarasota, Fl
2002 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, Fl
The Vue, Orlando, Fl
Millenium Partners Collection on display at the Four Seasons Hotel, Miami, Fl
Neiman Marcus Contemporary Art Collection on display in various locations around the country.
Vitality, Health and Wellness, Miami, Fl
John Coppola, At Boca Museum's "All Florida" show, the art of strangeness, Miami Herald, June 2013
Jami Nix Rahn, 2013 All Florida, Art South Florida, June 2013
Marty Fugate, Two Doors Down: Works by Jennifer Basile and Bianca Pratorius Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 2012
Marc Ormond, "Contemporary paintings on view at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art", Pelican Press Online, November 2008
Lennie Bennett, "Have Mission", Largo Times, February 2005
Marc Ormond, "Bianca Pratorius: Recent paintings", Herald-Tribune, March 2005
Kevin Costello, "Pratorius paints the architecture of color", Herald-Tribune, September 2002
2013 5th Showcase juried winner installation category with "Diagram"
2013 featured in Saatchi newsletter, Be bold. Go big. Oversized statement works.
2013 Saatchi Online Sculpture Collection, "Object Lessons: New Sculpture", juried by Rebecca Wilson
2013 5th Showcase Winner with "Bale", ArtSlant
2013 2nd Showcase Winner with "Hive", ArtSlant
2012 3rd Showcase Winner with "His and Hers", ArtSlant
2012 Everything is Art, juried publication
2012 Grand Prize Winner Summer Competition, Ground Arts, NYC
2012 "Artist of the Month", July 2012, www.theartlist.com
2012 Featured in "Where" guest book publication