Sérgio Rabinovitz was born (1955) and lives in Salvador,Bahia, Brazil.
In the early 70´s he initiated his journey in the art of woodcuts, which was enriched by experiences in the studios of Calasans Neto and Mário Cravo Jr., his mentors and greatest instigators. His education was concluded in the United States at Wesleyan University, Conn. and at Cooper Union For the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, where he received the degree of Bachelor in Fine Arts (1978) and studied painting, printmaking, drawing and photography with great masters such as Hans Haacke, Marcicano and Krishna Reddy.
His first individual exhibit was in 1975, starting off a sequence of exhibits in museums and galleries in Brazil and abroad that register one of the most outstanding trajectories of his generation in terms of graphic work, drawing and painting. He also became widely known through his work as illustrator, in projects of great popularity that run the gamut from the cover of the Bahian Consitituion of 1989 to the cover of the last edition of the novel Mar Morto by Jorge Amado.
His work was recently registered in vídeo in the short subject “The Bahiaof Sérgio Rabinovitz” by Luciana Aciolly. A big exhibit of his painting was organized by the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia and travelled throughout the country in 1997, closing the victorious circuit in the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro.
Winner of a study grant in the United States awarded by the Fulbright Commission / International Institute for Education (1974); a full scholarship from the Cooper Union For the Advancement of Science and Art (1975); first prize in drawing at the II Showing of Brazilian Drawing of Curitiba (1981); first prize in painting at the I Bahian Salon of Fine Arts (1988); Award of the Order of Merit of the State of Bahia; official representative of Brazil in the VII International Biennial of Valparaíso (Chile,1985), he has had distinguished participation in various exhibits of international repercussion as International Graphics 77(New York,1977); Calligraphy and Writ (Funarte,RJ,1985); Contemporary Brazilian Lithographs (Washington, D.C.1986); Panorama of Brazilian Art (Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo,1984/1986); BR-80: The Noteworthy in Brazilian Painting in the Decade of the 80´s (Itaú Cultural Institute,São Paulo,1991); Contemporary Brazilian Art (Neuhoff Gallery,New York,U.S.A,1996); Bahia to Paris (Galerie Modus, Paris, França,1998); Six from Abroad (Por amor à Arte Gallery, Porto, Portugal, 2006).
His work is represented in important collections such as The Davison Print Collection (Connecticut,USA), Window South Collection (California, USA), The Cooper Union Foundation (New York, USA), Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Banco Safra (S. Paulo), Kim Esteve Collection (S.Paulo), University of New México (USA), House of Jorge Amado Foundation (Bahia), Manilow Collection (Chicago, Ill.,USA) and Bass Museum of Art, (Washington,DC). Among his numerous individual exhibits we can highlight the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (1976/1979/1996); Houghton Gallery (New York, USA,1978); MASP (São Paulo,1980); Art Museum of the State of Bahia (1980);Paulo Figueiredo Gallery of Art (São Paulo,1981/1986); Metropolitan Museum of Art of Curitiba (Paraná,1996); Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (1997); Paulo Darzé Gallery of Art (Salvador,1998,2003); Museum of Contemporary Art of Paraná (Curitiba, Pr.,2000); Post Office Cultural Center (Salvador, Ba.,2004); B&L Gallery of Art (Salvador, Ba.,2006); Por Amor à arte Gallery (Porto, Portugal,2007) and BCA-Brazilian Contemporary Arts (London, UK, 2007).