Sebastian Spreng

Born in Esperanza, Santa Fe (Argentina) is a self-taught artist and music journalist. He spent his childhood in Esperanza, in the Argentinian countryside (the Pampas) and in the Atlantic Coast in Mar del Plata moving to Buenos Aires in 1973. At age 17 his works were exhibited in Buenos Aires in a group exhibit Artists from Esperanza at the Fundación Lowe. The next year he had his first solo exhibit at Martina Cespedes Gallery in the San Telmo district of the Argentinean capital. The show was sold out on opening night and the gallery held his work exclusively for the next seven years.

 In 1978 he was the stage-designer for a theater production of Jean Cocteau‘s The Eagle Has Two Heads in Buenos Aires. During the 1980s, he settled in Miami (Florida) and has been a vital presence in the Florida art scene ever since. Since moving to Florida he had solo and group exhibitions in Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto, Caracas, Düsseldorf, Essen, Munich, Osaka, Tokyo, Panama, Italy, Buenos Aires, Sarasota, Key West and Miami. His works were included in the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum in the Paradise Lost exhibition, in the Miami-Dade Public Library System and in the show Latin-American Artists from Florida in the Palazzo Mediceo (Medici), Seravezza, Tuscany, Italy in 2002. His awards include the Hortt Competition at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the 1995 Personal Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the State of Florida.

In 1994, he was commissioned by Metro-Dade Art In Public Places to create a permanent exhibition at the Miami-Dade Government Center.

The series Nonet for the Long Journey, is a memorial tribute to the American with Disabilities Trailblazers.In 2009 his work Daphne was selected for the book “Speak for the Trees” along 70 other artists including David Hockney, Christo, April Gornik, Yoko Ono, Julie Heffernan, Robert Longo, Mark Ryden, the Starn Brothers, etc.

Music is usually present in his work and whole series were based on musical structures titled: Liederkreis Opus I and II, Ring Landscapes on Wagner‘s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Sinfonietta, Impromptus, Chamber Music and Reverberations. His paintings graced the covers for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra Playbills, the New World Symphony 1995-96 Season Program Book, the Florida Grand Opera 1998-99 Season Program and CD covers (Henryk Gorecki, Ildebrando Pizzetti and the Grammy Award Da Pacem with works by Arvo Pärt ).

In 2012, he was selected as one of the "100 Latinos of Miami", along other personalities and as 2013 Visual Artist of the 11th Edition of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival.

For his contributions and merits in the South Florida art scene, he was awarded with the Dr. Sanford L. and Beatrice Ziff Outstanding Arts by Classical South Florida of 2015.

Since 1988 Spreng writes about classical music for magazines and newspapers and is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America.