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Antonio Seguí
20th century
(Córdoba, Argentina, 1934 - )

Born 1934, Córdoba, Argentina; active 1957–61, Mexico City; 1961–63, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1963–present, Paris Antonio Seguí was born in Córdoba, Argentina and studied at the San Fernando Academy in Madrid and the School of Fine Arts in Paris. He was greatly influenced in his early career by the social criticism expressed in the works of artists such as Honoré Daumier, George Grosz, and Otto Dix. Seguí settled permanently in Paris in 1963. His early work of the 1960s demonstrate expressionistic tendencies and offer satiric commentaries on people in positions of power. His style changed during the 1970s, when Seguí began producing images of human figures, which are described by Argentinean art critic Jorge Glusberg as “a melancholy theatrical montage.” This period roughly coincided with several tragic events in Seguí’s life, including an accident followed by a long period of convalescence, as well as the death of his father. In addition, a military regime came to power in Argentina in 1976, which forced Seguí into exile in France because of the strong political commentary in his work. More recently he has created paintings that depict cartoonlike images of men in urban environments that make a pointed commentary about the chaos of modern life.

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