Brandwayn at his studio, photographed by Olga Lucía Jordán


With a B.A in music and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and studies in Art and European History from The Ecole du Louvre and Tolbiac Sorbonne in Paris, Robert Brandwayn’s work aims at understanding how resilience, solidarity, and the creative spirit, help migrant groups survive and thrive despite the interruption and longing being a migrant entails. Starting with the story of how his grandparents arrived from Poland to South America before the Second World War, Robert has created an imaginary chronology based on letters, photos, documents, permits, stamps, and other memories which he has adhered to memory walls and translated to works of music and art.  These explorations have made him understand how the fragility of our geographical permanence is universal and felt by anyone who has had to deal with emotional and physical remoteness, farewells and abandonment. It has also led the artist to explore the mystical implications of an imperfect world, where our actions can lead to its restoration.

Brandwayn’s works have been exhibited in salons and galleries in Colombia, Venezuela, China, and the United States, and belong to public and private collections in those countries.  Selected individual and group exhibitions include: “Vital Memory” at the MACZUL (Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia) in Maracaibo, Venezuela (2017), “Power of Perception”, at Raw Art Space, New York (2013), the Young Artists Salon of the Museum of Antioquia in Medellín (1995); “Artronica” at the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá (2005); and the Common Ground International Touring Exhibition, Huan Tie Museum in Beijing, China (2008).

In 2019 the artist will participate in the exhibition “Spinoza, Marrano of Reason” in Amsterdam, Holland; organized by the Jewish Art Salon, and curated by Janet Heit and Billha Zussman, with assistant curator Goldie Gross; the individual exhibition “Timeline of Non-Time” from July to September at the Contemporary Art Museum of Santa Marta, Colombia; and a permanent exhibit at the Palazzo Rosselli, in Florence, Italy, represented by Studio Abba.