Argentine Talents: José Larralde

Argentine folklore is characterized for its poetic representation of the land and the local people. Talented songwriters and singers have helped to configure the identity of indigenes and gauchos, rivers and birds, and the ever-present Argentine nostalgia of farewell. One of the most low-key and yet stunning voices of the local folklore scene is José Larralde, who has recorded over twenty records since the late sixties, dealing with themes of injustice and inequality. The singer and songwriter has also worked as a construction worker, mechanic, and rural worker amongst other jobs that colored his music with the experience of the common working man.

5 Influential Argentine Women Artists

(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

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.

(Photo by Nicolás Giorgetti)

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.

Argentine Art: 1950’s to Present Day

After the first vanguards in the early 20th century, the art scene in Argentina flourished. There were, and are, many different trends and themes, groups, and art movements. Buenos Aires is filled with galleries and museums and the scene is thriving with abundant quality local production and a large local and international public/market for it. Due to the wide variety of styles and movements it is difficult to trace a specific line in Argentine contemporary art which is why we have selected just a few of the recent emblematic artists from the local scene.

The abstract international Madí movement was spurred by by Gyula Kosice and Carmelo Arden Quin. It suggested that art should be liberated so that creation and invention could take place without the restraints of format, style and preconceived notions of what art should be.

(Persistence of the Mobile Drop of Water, Gyula Kosice. Photo by mirsasha)

The Kinetic art movement was the successor to the Madí movement with renowned artist Julio Le Parc at its head.  This movement, which played with the ideas of motion and light, sought to engage the spectator with the piece making it truly dynamic.

(Continuel Movil. Julio Le Parc. Photo by Tecnópolis Argentina)

Antonio Seguí is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. His work over the years has been versatile and influences range from expressionism, to surrealism to hyperrealism. The works, which include sculptures, paintings, illustrations and more, often deal with social themes presented in a satirical angle.

(Antonio Seguí. Photo by blacques_jacques)

Marta Minujín is one of the most talked about Argentine artists. She is a conceptual/pop artist who has carried out many “Happenings” both in Buenos Aires and abroad since the 60’s. Her work, which includes sculptures, paintings and more, is centered on consumer culture and on the ephemeral.

(Colchones de Marta. Marta Minujín. Photo by Richard Bolivar)

Leon Ferrari’s controversial conceptual art questions western religion and power relationships in a provocative way. His works, which include collages, sculptures and the use of resignification, have earned him  international fame and reputation.

(León Ferrari. Photo by silvia_c77)

Read more about Argentine Art:

Argentine Pre Hispanic and Colonial Art

Nineteenth Century Argentine Art

Early 20th Century Argentine Art

Art Museums in Buenos Aires