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Uruguayan, 20th century, male.

Active in Spain.

Born 5 February 1898, in Montevideo; died 12 February 1929, in Montevideo.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, scenographer. Religious subjects, genre scenes, scenes with figures, landscapes, urban landscapes. Stage sets, comic cartoons.

The son of Spanish emigrants, Rafaél Pérez Barradas spent most of his artistic life in Spain, where he was soon contributing illustrations to the press. In 1913, he traveled in Italy and France, then settled in Condal. In 1928, he decided to return to Uruguay. He died prematurely of an illness. He is considered to have formed part of the Spanish artistic avant-garde at the beginning of the 1920s. Starting in a Post-Impressionist style that was soon influenced by Gauguin, he rapidly lightened his palette and became interested in the Cubist vision of reality while breaking out of the unitary vision of form. His canvases, with grey and ochre colours, represent landscapes and burlesque scenes from daily life. ...

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Angel Kalenberg

Uruguayan painter and stage designer. He was encouraged to pursue his interest in art by his father, the Spanish painter Antonio Pérez Barradas (1862–99), and appears to have been taught drawing by the Spanish artist Vicente Casanova y Ramos (1870–1920). He became involved with the bohemian intellectual life of Montevideo while exhibiting his drawings and working as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines such as ...

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Nelly Perazzo

Argentine painter, stage designer and illustrator. He studied drawing in Buenos Aires under the Italian painter Augusto Bolognini (b 1870) and at the Academia Nacional before moving in 1923 to Paris, where he worked in Charles Guérin’s studio and at the Académie Colarossi. He also studied in the studios of ...

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Nelly Perazzo

Argentine painter, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor and stage designer of Spanish Catalan birth. He arrived in Buenos Aires in 1913. Although his uncle, José Planas Casas (b Catalonia, 1900; d Argentina, 1960), taught him the rudiments of art, he was basically self-taught and began to exhibit his work in ...

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Nelly Perazzo

Argentine painter, tapestry designer and stage designer. From 1922 to 1933 he lived in Europe, where he studied first in Germany at the artistic colony in Worpswede and then in Paris under André Lhote and Othon Friesz. He was untouched by the violence of German Expressionism, but he assimilated various influences in France, structuring forms in the manner of Cézanne, and combining these with the audacious colouring of Fauvism and the strict sense of order in Cubism, as in ...

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Leonor Morales

Mexican painter and stage designer. She studied at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura la Esmeralda in Mexico City and later in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. One of the pioneers of Art informel in Mexico, like her husband, Manuel Felguérez (whom she married in ...

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Mexican, 20th century, male.

Born 1905, in Mexico City; died 1947, in Mexico City.

Painter, lithographer. Figure compositions, scenes with figures, landscapes. Wall decorations, stage sets.

Julio Castellanos studied at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City. He then travelled around Latin America, the USA, and Europe. He was appointed director of theatrical enterprises at the ministry of art, and designed numerous ballet sets. He also painted mural decorations, notable for a school in Coyoacan and another in Peralvillo. As a result of his official duties and the fact that he was also teaching, his output was fairly small....

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Argentinian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France since 1975.

Born 13 April 1954, in Buenos Aires.

Painter, sculptor. Scenes with figures, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes. Stage sets.

Ricardo Cavallo studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the city where he now lives and works. In his early career he was an abstract painter but he went on to create clay sculptures after models, of which only photographs have survived....

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Margarita González Arredondo

Mexican painter, sculptor, illustrator and stage designer. He was self-taught when he took up painting in 1956 with the encouragement of Diego Rivera, but from 1956 to 1960 he studied graphic design with Gordon Jones. During those years he worked in an Abstract Expressionist manner, although he soon incorporated figurative elements and, from ...

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Horacio Safons

Argentine painter and stage designer. After a series of pictures featuring hallucinatory images of disembodied mouths and orifices, bodies and pits, he began to treat circus scenes, exploiting their symbolic suggestiveness by representing candles, ladders, insects and animals of arbitrary size alongside ambiguous human forms. Falling somewhere between the merry and the tragic, they have a theatrical aspect consonant with his experience as a stage designer. Combining a lively, almost festive palette with thick paint, sometimes violently applied, Fazzolari emerged in the 1980s as one of the leading Neo-Expressionist painters in Argentina....

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Xavier Moyssén

Mexican painter and printmaker. He was sent by his parents to Cleveland, OH, to study stage design. On his return to Mexico in 1935 he joined the national film industry and worked for years on a large number of films. Soon afterwards he began to concentrate on painting; he had Julio Castellanos and Juan O’Gorman as mentors but was essentially self-taught. He was particularly influenced by Wolfgang Paalen and other Surrealist artists who arrived in Mexico during World War II. The impact of Surrealism was evident in the paintings shown at his first exhibition in 1950, by turns dramatic, witty and erotic. His feeling for colour was already much in evidence....

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Roberto Segre

Italian architect, stage designer and teacher, active in Cuba. He graduated from the Istituto Superiore d’Archittetura in Venice in 1952, where he was a pupil of Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Luigi Piccinato (b 1899). He began his professional career in BBPR Architectural Studio in Milan. In ...

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Eduardo Serrano

Colombian painter, sculptor, printmaker, film maker and stage designer. He studied at the Art Students League in New York from 1941 to 1943 and subsequently visited Italy, where he studied fresco and etching techniques before settling again in Colombia. Consistently devoted to the human form, he initially depicted figures with angular heads and striped tunics in a strong light, with symbolic objects such as eggs, masks or cages....

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Homero  

Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1985.

Born 1919, in Argentina, to a Greek father.

Painter, decorative artist. Figures, nudes, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes. Stage sets.

Homero studied at the school of fine arts in Buenos Aires before continuing his training in Europe. He taught drawing and painting in Buenos Aires and from ...

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Mexican, 20th century, male.

Born 1896, in Mexico City.

Painter. Figure compositions, stage designs. Murals.

Agustín Lazo travelled in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy. In 2001 his work featured in the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. He lived in Paris during the 1920s where he discovered the works of the Surrealists, in particular Giorgio de Chirico. Returning to Mexico in ...

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Margarita González Arredondo

Mexican painter, stage designer, illustrator and writer. He studied in Mexico City at the Escuela al Aire Libre de Coyoacán and at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, before living in Paris from 1922 to 1930, where he trained as a stage designer from 1928 to 1930...

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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1931, in Buenos Aires.

Painter. Stage sets.

Nouvelle Figuration.

Romulo Maccio was self-taught and first worked in advertising.

His painting is devoted to the human presence; he translates the unease of the human soul through barely sketched, faded faces. These are sometimes inverted with the forehead replacing the chin and the eyes the mouth; hands also emerge from the muddled shadow of a dimly shown body. Maccio likes to create enigmas of this kind and the titles of his pieces only serve to confuse still further rather than clarify the meaning. His plastic language is a synthesis of elements common to Surrealism and the imagery of Pop Art. His early experiences in advertising left him with a taste for the logo and the simplistic, invasive image which he combines to indisputable graphical effect in ...

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English stage designer and painter. He was the grandson of the cartoonist Linley Sambourne (1844–1910) and was educated at Eton College, Berks. After studying at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, he began painting portraits of his friends. An early influence was the English painter Glyn Warren Philpot (...

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Leonor Morales

Mexican painter, printmaker, illustrator and stage designer. In 1903 he began studying painting in Guadalajara under Félix Bernardelli, an Italian who had established a school of painting and music there, and he produced his first illustrations for Revista moderna, a magazine that promoted the Latin American modernist movement and for which his cousin, the poet Amado Nervo, wrote. In ...

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Leonor Morales

Mexican painter and stage designer. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and later designed sets for the cinema, first in Hollywood, CA (1926–9), and later in Mexico, where he also worked as a stage designer, particularly for children’s theatre. At the International Surrealist Exhibition held at the Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, in ...