5 Influential Argentine Women Artists

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Lola Mora was an innovative and prolific sculptor from Salta. She was the country’s first woman artist and she truly flourished in her field creating masterpieces such as the famous Nereids Fountain in Buenos Aires, which was criticized for its sensual nudes. This freethinking lady who was born in 1866 had a unique life. She got a scholarship to study art in Rome when she was twenty, she married when she was 40 with a man 20 years younger than her and she patented several inventions including a system for projecting films on vapor.

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Marta Minujín is probably the best known contemporary female Argentine artist. Controversial and quirky she made her mark in the 80’s with a series of photographs in which she paid Andy Warhol the equivalent of Argentina’s external debt in corn which according to her was Latin America’s gold.  She also carried out a Tower of Babel made of books in Plaza San Martín and recently celebrated her 70th birthday by marrying art at the MALBA.

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Josefina Robirosa is one of the country’s most famous painters and muralists. Her stunning work includes murals in different city buildings including Galerias Pacifico and in the Buenos Aires and Paris subways. Her life was more traditional, as she came from an aristocratic family, married young, and her painting began in her garage with her babies crawling around her. Her artwork has been exhibited both locally at the Museo de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Moderno and internationally in New York and Switzerland.

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Renata Schussheim is a multifaceted Argentine artist who is known for her work as a painter, sculptor, set designer and more. Her first exhibit was at the age of fifteen and since she has done wardrobe design for the Colón Theatre, Stage design for Charly García and more. Her undisputedly talented work is full of theatric dreamlike landscapes that feature women in outer space, animals, clowns, nuns and other creations.

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Margarita Paksa is a prolific contemporary local artist who earned her reputation in the sixties and has worked with mixed media and video art. Some of the subjects the artist deals with are subjectivity, perception, time and language in thought-provoking pieces that invite the audience to participate and interact. There is currently an excellent retrospective of her work being exhibited at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA) in San Telmo.

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