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Brazilian, 20th century, male.

Born 1942, in São Vincente.

Painter.

Iaponi Araujo exhibited in Brazil, the USA, London, Milan and Paris. Inspired by religious feelings, he paints scenes of prayer, fear and jubilation.

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Colombian, 20th century, male.

Born in Rio Negro.

Painter.

Arcila Oribe exhibited a Head of Christ in 1930 at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris.

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Jamaican, 20th century, male.

Born 1942.

Painter. Religious subjects.

Following a dream in which he was inspired by God, Albert Artwell dedicated his life to painting, producing mystical works with a biblical influence.

Stöter-Bender, Jutta: L'Art contemporain dans les pays du tiers-monde, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1995....

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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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Chilean, 20th century, male.

Born 1927, in Paris.

Painter.

Barreda Fabres studied architecture at the Catholic university in Santiago and taught history of art in the architecture faculty from 1950 to 1955. He used a realist technique to paint constructions that belong to the world of the uncanny and the surreal. He took part in exhibitions in North America, Latin America and Europe and received many awards....

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Haitian, 20th century, male.

Born 1923, in Jacmel; died 1964 or 1965.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Castera was one of the representatives of the new Haitian school. Bazile was religious by temperament and had a particular predilection for New Testament scenes, frequently depicting the themes of his ...

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Brazilian, 20th century, female.

Born 1914.

Painter. Religious subjects.

Becker Do Valle established a reputation from the 1960s onwards.

New York, 19 May 1992: Eve Tempting Adam (1967, oil on canvas, 24 × 15 ins/61.2 × 38 cm) USD 1,650

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Haitian, 20th century, male.

Painter. Religious subjects, genre scenes.

In 1984-1985, Seymour E. Bottex featured in the exhibition Haitian Art in the Angela Gross Collection at the Woodmore Art Museum in Philadelphia.

New York, 6 May 1980: The Passion (1967, series of 14 paintings/hardboard...

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Veerle Poupeye

Jamaican painter and sculptor. A self-taught mystic and visionary, unknown until the late 1960s, he drew his artistic inspiration from a very personal interpretation of two Afro-Christian Jamaican cults, Rastafarianism and Revivalism. His imagery developed through meditation and techniques similar to the automatism of the Surrealists. The curious limestone formations found in Jamaica frequently served as a source of inspiration, as in ...

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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Born 6 September 1877, in Dolorès.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, landscapes.

Brughetti was a student at the Royal Institute in London, the Artistic Association in Rome and the Académie Julian in Paris. He was a writer and he illustrated most of his literary work, including ...

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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Born 1880, in Córdoba, of an Italian mother and an Irish father; died 1961.

Painter. Religious subjects, landscapes.

Juan Butler took the name Guillermo when he entered the Dominican Order in 1896 and became known as Fray Guillermo Butler. He showed signs of artistic talent at a very young age and commenced his studies after he was ordained. He worked with Emilio Caraffa and Honorio Mossi. In ...

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J. Harwood

Uruguayan conceptual artist and teacher, of German birth. Of Jewish ancestry, he fled with his family to Uruguay in 1939. He studied at the University of Uruguay between 1953–57 and 1959–62 before a Guggenheim fellowship took him to New York in 1961 to study printmaking. Although he settled in the USA, he retained his Uruguayan citizenship. From the 1970s, Uruguay and Latin America in general inspired a series of conceptual installations that addressed such issues as language, identity, freedom, repression and the role of art. Politics is a dominant element in Camnitzer’s work, expressed in ethical and artistic debate rather than in rhetoric. For Camnitzer, the task of the artist was to be aware of and express the problems that surround him, an attitude that challenged a perceived lack of meaning prevalent in much contemporary work. His questioning of traditional values applied not only to the theme of his work, but to its material form: employing objects of little intrinsic value, he rejected traditional notions of art as beautiful and of commercial worth. Through the use of texts, images and objects, such as those employed in ...

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Argentinian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 17 December 1862, in Catamarca; died 22 May 1939, in Córdoba.

Painter. Religious subjects, portraits. Church decoration.

Emilio Caraffa completed his studies in Buenos Aires and then visited Europe, where he studied successively at the school of art in Naples and at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. In Spain he copied the works of Velázquez and de Fortuny. He returned to Argentina in ...

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Chilean, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Santiago.

Painter. Figure compositions.

Gonzalo Cienfuegos Browne studied art at the Catholic University of Chile, the Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura La Esmeralda in Mexico City and the University of Architecture and Art in Chile. He was given a teaching post at the school of fine arts of the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile. It would be tempting to describe Cienfuegos Browne's work as naive, were it not quite apparent that this is a studied naivety, as is also the case with Botero. His painting shows a deliberate awkwardness, a very careful clumsiness with rich, harmonious colours which are, however, deliberately tempered and golden. Gerrit Henry has described the scenes Cienfuegos paints as 'psychodramas'. Everything in them is enigmatic: the figures, their different postures, the place the scene is set in and the external setting. Characters look often look out at the viewer with no expression. Women are often nude without apparent reason, their bodies plump and iridescent. His interiors show these expressionless faces, postures of silent expectation and a few unusual objects while on the outside the roughly geometric buildings confirm a reference to Chirico....

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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Born 28 November 1900, in Buenos Aires.

Painter. Figure compositions, religious subjects. Murals.

Cruz graduated in architecture in 1923 and after working as an architect for a year, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. On returning to Argentina, he continued to juggle architecture and painting. He went back to Europe again in ...

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Haitian, 20th century, female.

Born 1933; died 1988.

Painter. Historical subjects, religious subjects, figures, scenes with figures.

Desruisseau was of Indian Caribbean stock, living in the mixed race Haitian society that had evolved following the arrival of slaves from Africa, and was raised in the bourgeois Catholic environment of the colonialists. She was thus in contact with three worlds, each making a contribution to her identity. Highly cultured, she knew about modern pictorial trends, from Impressionism through to Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism. During a stay in Paris, she was particularly receptive to the sculptures of Maillol. Riddled with cancer, she continued to work in spite of her ill health until she had completed the epic work that occupied her last years....

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Haitian, 20th century, male.

Painter. Religious subjects.

New York, 15 Nov 1994: Passion of Christ (oil/synthetic resin, 24 × 30 ins/61 × 76.2 cm) USD 2,300

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Brazilian, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Cuiaba (Mato Grosso).

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, figures, scenes with figures, local scenes. Designs for tapestries.

Figueiredo paints in a picturesque style, in bright but harmonious colours, showing scenes of daily life or imaginary scenes; he also sculpts papier mâché figures of people in movement. For many years his main source of inspiration was the town of Conservatoria in the state of Rio. He founded an open art studio for children....

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Chilean, 20th century, female.

Born 14 May 1914, in Siantago; died 15 March 2012.

Sculptor. Religious subjects, figures.

In 1934, Lily Garafulic enrolled at the school of fine arts in Santiago. She studied under Lorenzo Dominguez who, together with Julio Antonio Vásquez and Samuel Román, brought about a unique blossoming in Chilean statuary. In ...

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Mexican, 20th century, male.

Born 1910, in Tonala (Jalisco); died 1973.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist. Religious subjects, figures, portraits. Wall decorations.

After the revolutionary period from 1923 to 1930, many art schools were opened in Mexico. Initially a traditionalist, Jesús Guerrero-Galvan changed technique after teaching children at one of these schools to paint. Originally an easel painter, he executed his first mural painting in ...