At the end of the 80s, Marcelo Pombo (Buenos Aires, 1959) started exhibiting artworks identified with gay culture and underground culture. He was part of the group of artists exhibiting at the Centro Cultural Rojas since its inception, an institution whose centrality to Argentine art of the 90s cannot be emphasized enough. Pombo’s work in this period is defined by the use of materials and procedures indebted to the decorative arts and crafts. From 1999 on, he devoted himself to gloss paint, creating paintings on panels mixing divergent styles: Surrealist and visionary landscape, local-color landscape, geometric art and abstract expressionism. Since 2008 his work focuses on Argentine and Latin American art from the past, both the art that was left aside by the modern canon and the art resulting from eccentric and deviant translations of the avantgardes.
His work is now featured in prominent collections in institutions like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires), the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, the Museo Castagnino + macro (Rosario), the Blanton Museum of Art, Texas University (Austin, United States), among others. Since 2010 he teaches at the Art Department at the Universidad Di Tella. In 2015 he presented Marcelo Pombo: un artista del Pueblo [Marcelo Pombo: An Artist of the People], a retrospective exhibition at the Colección de Arte “Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat” (Buenos Aires), curated by Inés Katzenstein.