Born in Mar del Plata,Argentina. She's a key figure of the South American art. She's began her artistic career studying painting with two of the foundational artists of Argentine Modernism: Emilio Pettoruti and Antonio Seguí. An active member of the art scene in Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s, she participated in the exhibitions and cultural activities organized by the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, and she was involved with the Centro de Arte y Comunicación. In 1972, she moved to Milan. The proximity to Carrara and its marble quarries sparked her early production in stone. She has continued to work with fragments of marble, making them into books and sculptures, since the 1970s. Christina M. Harrison writes, “Orensanz uses material and symbolic fragments—of marble, of line, of signs—to represent thoughts. … An interpretation of the work, in Orensanz’s conception, depends on the intersection of the fragments with the viewer’s own thoughts and experiences.”


Selected Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou CNAM, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fondation Camille, Paris, France

Maison du Livre de l'image et du son, Ville de Villeurbanne, France

Bremen Museum, Germany

Centrum für Kunst, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

M2A2 Musée Martiniquais des Arts des Amériques, Le Lamentin, Martinique

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano Contemporáneo de Managua, Nicaragua.

Centro de Documentación de Arte Actual, Barcelona, Spain

Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Banco Velox, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Cancillería Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO), Rosario, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Marcos Curi, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Centro de Multimedia Internacional, São Paulo, Brazil

Public Works

2001 Selected by the Concurso Puerto Madero and the Fundación ArteBA, with the installation “Para quién?... suenan las campanas”, for the Bulevar Azucena Villaflor, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1999 Selected with the work “Pensar es un hecho revolucionario”, for the “Parque de la Memoria”, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1991 Monumental sculpture, Lycée Blanc-Mesnil, Paris, France (architects: Paul Chemetov and Borja Huidobro)

Selected by the Conseil Régional de Franche Comté for a monumental project, Besançon, France

1985 Project for “Zoo des Robots”, La Villette, Musée National des Sciences, des Techniques et des Industries, Paris, France

Video Work

2004 “Esperando una nueva primavera”

2000 “Los dominantes”

         “Las hojas de la vida”

         "A través del tiempo todo cambia, nada cambia”

         “Querer…poder…hacer…girar nuestro propio mundo” 1’ without end

1999 “Camino de artista” 5’

1980 “Límites”, video projection at ARC, Paris, France, February

1979 “Límites” 8’


Mascaró, Marie François, Marie Orensanz, 7´, Correo Cultural, Paris, France, 1980.