Argentine Visual Artist & Musician Mariano Gil Presents ‘Sound Drawings’ at Chef Fernando Navas’ Balvanera restaurant on the Lower East Side Monday, April 13 - Sunday, May 10, 2015

New York, New York (April 2015) From Monday, April 13 through Sunday, May 10, 2015, Buenos
Aires-born acclaimed Artist Mariano Gil will display a selection of his acrylic, latex and oil paintings
from his ‘Sound Drawings’ at Chef Fernando Navas’ Balvanera Argentine restaurant on the Lower
East Side (152 Stanton Street). From Atahualpa and Stevie to Astor and Thelonious, the collection of
iconic musicians activates soul and energy.

As with Balvanera’s 2014 partnership with Lower East Side Artist Mike Brown for the restaurant’s exterior
mural, the show was born from the spirit of community collaboration and promotion of the creative arts.
To commence the celebration, Gil, Navas and the Balvanera team invite guests for a public reception
on the Monday, April 13th from 5-7pm, including complimentary passed bites and happy hour beverage
prices. Guests may choose to stay for dinner after the opening, from 7-11pm for Balvanera’s regular
BYOB Mondays.

The show will conclude with a special jazz brunch, featuring music by Mariano Gil on Mother’s Day,
Sunday, May 10th from 12-3pm, featuring Balvanera’s signature menu, as well as a special $19 brunch
(choice of dish, sangria de la casa or mimosa, and unlimited coffee); tax and gratuity additional.
Throughout the month, the paintings will be available for purchase through the Artist directly. The Balvanera
team will provide pricing sheets and contact information.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Gil moved to 1993 where he naturally pursued parallel careers
as a visual artist and professional musician. He exhibited his work in several galleries including a
one-man show at the Shape Shifter Lab and 7 Dunham and won an aware in an international exhibition
at The Jazz Gallery. As an illustrator, a selected list of his clients includes The New York Times, Carneigie
Hall, Sony Music, Scholastic, Harper-Collins and McGraw-Hill. He also designed more than 30
CD covers for companies such as Sony, Soundbrush (U.S.) and Freshsound (Spain) and artists as diverse
as Bill McHenry, Ethan Iverson, Jeff Williams, Aaron Goldberg and Bruce Barth. Meanwhile, as a
musician, Gil has played and recorded with artists such as guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, pianist and
composer Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) and the late cornetist and conductor Butch Morris, while also
leading his own bands performing his own compositions.

“All along, while I was playing or going to clubs to hear music, I was always sketching,” he says. “I‘ve
already had a long history of doing portraits live, mostly of friends, but also of some famous musicians. I
would go to gigs and I would always have my sketchbook with me and I would listen, but also sketch.
That’s why my work has a kind of cinematic approach. In my work, the musicians are in motion, playing.”
Gil’s musical portraits are, in part, a result of the artistic dialogue between music and art. They are also
reminders that playing music is a physical activity. There’s purpose in the gestures, as players touch the
piano keys just so; blow their trumpets and pluck the strings. Their sounds might take on many meanings,
but it always comes from effort.

For reservations to the opening reception, closing jazz brunch, or throughout the exhibition, please contact
Balvanera at 212.533.3348 or by email at More information on Artist Mariano Gil,
as well as a showcase of his works, can be found at Guests interested in purchasing
a piece can receive a price sheet from the restaurant and will be put in touch with the Artist directly.

Balvanera is a destination for Argentine cuisine in the heart of NYC’s Lower East Side Community at 152 Stanton Street. The
first project of Chef Fernando Navas (Samba Brands Management, elBulli, Nobu), Balvanera takes it’s name from a historic
‘barrio’, or neighborhood, of Buenos Aires where poets, musicians and creatives once convened. The menu and philosophy
is inspired by the nostalgia of Fernando’s Argentine roots, upbringing and the culinary culture he’s acquired on his journey through
Buenos Aires, Barcelona and New York City. Open daily from 5:30pm for dinner and for weekend brunch from 11am-4pm. 152
Stanton Street, New York, New York 10002 (at the corner of Suffolk), 212.533.3348,, @BalvaneraNYC