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Roberto Berdecio
20th century
(Sucre, Bolivia, 1910 - 1996, La Paz, Bolivia)

A native of Bolivia, Berdecio arrived in Mexico in 1934, becoming a member of LEAR. In 1936 he went to New York as one of Mexico's delegates to the first Panamerican Congress of Painters against War and Fascism. He remained in New York until 1945 and helped organize the Experimental Workshop of Modern Techniques in Art, along with Siqueiros, Luis Arenal, and Antonio Pujol. While in New York, he also painted murals in the Worker's Liberary (1938), was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1940), and taught painting at Sarah Lawrence College in 1945. Upon his return to Mexico in 1946, he collaborated with the Taller de Gráfica Popular, and became one of its members in 1948. He made return trips to Bolivia in the 1940s and 1950s, travelling with a Taller de Gráfica Popular exhibition in 1953.

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