Rómulo Macció, Argentine painter, Died at 84

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Romulo Macció was born in 1931 and died on March 11, 2016.

He was an Argentine painter.

He was associated with the local avant-garde art movement which took shape during the 1960s.

Rómulo developed an early interest in drawing, was self-taught and was hired as a graphic designer at the age of fourteen.

Early after, he mounted his first exhibition in Buenos Aires’ Galeria Gatea in 1956.

He successfully visually unabashed abstract art brought him to the attention of, among others, architect Clorindo Testa and he joined the Boa Group, one of a number of intellectual circles influencing local cultural life in those days.

He was awarded the prestigious De Ridder Prize in 1959 and the Torcuato di Tella Institute International Prize in 1962, his fame brought him close to other Argentine avant-garde artists, such as Luis Felipe Noé.

Romulo Macció and Noé soon helped pioneer the Neo-figurative movement that swept Latin American art during the 1960s.

Rómulo Macció was a self-declared rebel against aesthetics in art, Macció described much of the genteel portrait and landscape art available at that time as “pink chocolate.

And, ” Macció’s tortured images were often the dead or dying and were set against backdrops that suggested urban pollution and decay.

However in recent times, his work has tended to center around social problems.

Rómulo Macció passed away at 84 yrs old.

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