Official site of Gustavo Charif (沙里夫•古斯塔沃), writer, visual artist and filmmaker.
[Sitio oficial en castellano aquí.]
Even when Charif has a well-known path as a visual artist, he also has always been a writer. Many years ago, Fernando Arrabal reminded us that “Charif takes writing so seriously, that now he must live from painting”. Thus, his artworks were exhibited side by side with Alechinsky, Botero, Dalí, Magritte, Picasso, Topor or the Gao Brothers in museums, galleries and international fairs in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur among other big cities, and has been praised by so diverse artists and writers like the same Arrabal and Milan Kundera (with those who he made an artist book), Nolan Cook, Olivier O. Olivier, Alejandro Jodorowsky or Luis Felipe Noé (with which he wrote a film script). In parallel he developed an own way as filmmaker. In 1997, The Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires organised his first short experimental films retrospective, and his first feature film, The Reason (2010), included an unreleased song by Moby in the soundtrack. In 2017 he made a music video for Dimesland and another two in 2018 and 2019 for Chris Connelly. In 2018 is released Narraciones simples (Simple Narrations), a collection of 33 short narratives in Spanish which includes 33 analogital images made by the author. In July 2020 is released The Year of Living Locked Up, a feature film presented as “the first tubefilm in history”.
Currently he’s working in a script for a new feature film, from a proposal by the legendary Swiss artist and musician Dieter Meier, as well as in a book in collaboration with Afa Annfa (a.k.a. Afa Lee), in which one Charif provide a series of short stories and the artist from Hong Kong the illustrations.
In 2018 a big painting by Charif became part of the heritage of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) of Argentina. Charif’s works are found also in collections of Europe, Asia and America (Einaudi, Pescheux, Zakaria, Tan-Yeoh, Fortabat Art Collection, Elía-Robirosa Foundation, Stradella Bianchi and Christina Burrus among others).
To see a brief bio with some milestones, please click in LIFE. For a detailed biography year by year, you can consult the CHRONOLOGY. To see and read a selection of reviews, texts and tributes for or about Charif, please click in MENTIONS.