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Marcelo Bonevardi
20th century
(Buenos Aires, 1929 - 1994, Córdoba, Argentina)

Originally trained as an architect, Marcelo Bonevardi moved to New York after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1958. There he saw and admired Gonzalo Fonseca’s wood constructions, as well as the assemblages of Joseph Cornell. In response, Bonevardi’s canvases incorporated niches into which wood carvings and other articles could be placed, creating works that possessed traits of both painting and sculpture. Bonevardi’s work has much in common with that of the Taller Torres-García [Torres-García Workshop] artists, including its emphasis on geometry, a fascination with ancient cultures, and references to architectural forms. Bonevardi incorporates objects that resemble fetishes or mysterious bits of machinery. These elements reference Torres-García’s symbolic artistic language, European surrealism, and the paintings of Renaissance artist Fra Angelico.

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