Buenos Aires, 1946
Lamelas studied at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes [National Academy of Fine Arts]. In 1965, he collaborated on La menesunda, the tour-like happening of Marta Minujín and Rubén Santantonín, and took part in the Braque Prize, the "Ver y Estimar" [See and Judge] Honors Prize, and in an exhibition curated by Jorge Romero Brest at Galería Guernica. In 1966 he received honorable mention in the National Prize of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella and took part once again the "Ver y Estimar" honors prize. In 1967 he intervened in “Más allá de la geometría” [Beyond Geometry], “Experiencias visuales 67” [Visual Experiments '67] and “Estructuras primarias II” [Primary Structures II]. In the same year he was given distinction in the Ninth International São Paulo Bienal along with Jasper Johns (United States), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela) and Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italy). In 1968 he took part in “Materiales, nuevas técnicas, nuevas expresiones” [Materials, New Techniques, New Expressions] and in the “Experiencias 68” ['68 Experiments] of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. In addition, he represented Argentina in the 34th Venice Biennale, with the work Oficina de Información sobre la Guerra de Vietnam en tres niveles: imagen, texto y audio [Office of Information on the Vietnam War, on Three Levels: Image, Text and Audio] and was one of the artists in “Beyond Geometry,” at the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York. At the same time, he received a grant from the British Council and traveled to London to at St. Martin’s School of Arts. In the English capital he began to make shorts and 16-mm films. In 1972 he exhibited at documenta 5, in Kassel, where he was to return in 2017 for the 14th edition of this traditional event. Since 1976 he has lived between Los Angeles, New York, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Buenos Aires, and has developed an extensive career which includes a great many exhibitions.