Luis Wells was born in 1939, in Argentina.
He studied at the National School of Fine Arts Manuel Belgrano and Prilidiano Pueyrredón. The artist showcased his work at the Galatea Gallery in 1958 and 1959 and founded the Informalist Movement the following year. In 1960, he sent an entry to the Premio de Ridder a la Joven Pintura Argentina Award at the Pizarro Gallery and took part in the Primera Exposición Internacional de Arte Moderno, at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. He also participated in the 14 pintores de la Nueva generación (14 painters of the New Generation) exhibit, at the Lirolay Gallery and 150 años de Arte Argentino exhibit, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
In 1961, Luis contributed to the Premio Ver y Estimar Award at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; in Arte Argentino Contemporáneo, Río de Janeiro, Brazil; Arte Destructivo, at Lirolay Gallery and in the 2ª Bienal de Jóvenes de París. He again showcased in the Premio Ver y Estimar Award in 1962, where he was invited to take part in the Premio de Escultura del Instituto Di Tella Award.
In 1963 he joined the Boa-Phases group and he participated in an exhibit held at the Van Riel Gallery. In 1964, the artist participated in the Objeto 64 exhibit at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. The Instituto Di Tella invited him again in 1965 to take part in their art contest, where he presented Denotación espacial (Space detonation). During this year, he made most of the plafonds installed in private residences throughout the city of Buenos Aires.
In 1966, Luis moved to London where he learned sculpturing techniques with polyester resin, at the Royal College of Art. He then moved to New York for the next nine years, where he worked on interior decorating and industrial design projects. He also took part in several architectural projects, specializing in “sculptured ceilings”. Some of his work there includes the plafond at the Suplicy Office in Wall Street and the interior decorating of the Golderberger and Burk Zanfi family homes in New York. He also designed light fixtures, furniture, and multiple sculptures edited in a series.
In 1975, Luis returned to Buenos Aires and joined the Abstracción sensible group with three exhibits which they presented in 1981. In 1989, he was awarded the Gran Premio de Honor Award at the Bienal de Valparaíso, Chile. From then on, he chose to concentrate abstractions of free geometric form, full of spontaneous interventions of gesture, graphisms and brush strokes not hidden to the eye. His further work puts emphasis on color and comic strip-like characters. He would eventually produce simple characters of geometric form characterized by their long arms.
He has held individual exhibits in Río de Janeiro (1987), Buenos Aires (1988), Santiago, Chile (1989), Costa Rica (1991), Guayaquil, Ecuador (1992), Caracas (1993) and the Rubbers Gallery in Buenos Aires (1998).
In 2003, the "Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes" did a retrospective exhibition of his work and in 2008, showcased the artist in the Sala Cronopios of the Centro Cultural Recoleta with his exhibition "Obra Imprevisible".
Luis Wells lives and works in Buenos Aires and in his 50 year career, he has participated in more than 400 exhibits in Argentina and abroad.
SOME INSTITUTIONS THAT OWN WORKS OF LUIS WELLS:
Museo del Bronx, EEUU
Museo José Luis Cuevas, México
Museo de Arte Moderna, Brasil
MALBA, Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes,
Museo de Bellas Artes de La Plata
Museo de Bellas Artes de San Juan
Colección Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes
Fondo Nacional de las Artes
Presidencia de la Nación, Casa de Gobierno, Argentina
Chase Manhattan Bank
Banco Credit Lyonais
• Special award, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella
• Honor award, VeryEstimar
• Grant award British Council
• Excellence of Design, NY
• Konex Award
• Tres Arroyos , Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes
• Credit Lyonnais Award
• Great Honor Award, Bienal de Valparaíso
• Award to the Trajectory, Asociación Argentina de Críticos de Arte
• Konex award to the 100 best works of the history of Argentinean Art.
• Antorchas Awards to the outstanding figures of the contemporary Argentinean art.
• Salón Municipal Manuel Belgrano. First prize award.
• Great Honor Award, Salón Nacional de Pintura
• Trabucco award, Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes