Roberto Echen -rechen-
was born in Rosario, Argentina. Rosario is a city near Buenos Aires (300 km) with about 1,000,000 people.
He studied engineering till 5th year (6th was the last one) but he gave it up to devote himself to art. It was about 1980.
Since then rechen has been working on art (on disciplines like painting, etching, video, etc) and exhibiting his works in collective and individual exhibitions in his own country and abroad.
He is a self-taught artist (this is never quite true).
He’s got some awards (mostly with his paintings but some other with digital works).
Since 1987 rechen has been teaching Teoria de la Forma (Theory of Forms) Teoria del Color (Theory of Colours) and since 2000 Pintura IV (4th course of painting) at the School of Fine Arts of the National University of Rosario.
In 1997 (more exactly in november) he started working with computers. Some time later he incorporated internet with the aim of making art on the net. He made his first web-art exhibition in the year 2000. This first exhibition was placed at a site devoted to art in Rosario named rosariarte (http://www.rosariarte.com.ar).Since then he has being building his own site (http://www.rechen.com) with his works for art [mostly net-art] and some articles on art.
In 2000 Roberto Echen became Coordinator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Art Juan B. Castagnino of Rosario, Argentina. His work includes the disign and curation of contemporary art exhibitions and edition of books, catalogs and other issues for the museum.
In 2003 he joined a group of research on art and technology which belongs to the University of Rosario and the University has aproved the constitution of their own center of research. Their idea is that the Center works through internet instead of having a physical place. He is now building the site for the Center.
In 2004 he was envolved in the creation of macro (museo de arte contemporáneo de Rosario – museum of contemporary art of Rosario) and became general curator of it.
Roberto Echen is participating in
Selfportrait, digital print, 2006