Retrato de Ramona [Portrait of Ramona]
63.4 cm x 31.2 cm (24 15/16 in. x 12 5/16 in.)
(Rosario, Argentina, 1905 - 1981, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support:
Collage of collagraph prints
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the Museum of Modern Art, 1982
Antonio Berni’s experimental figuration was a key point of departure for the members of Nueva Figuración. Beginning in the late 1950s, Berni developed two narrative series based on the lives of imaginary characters Juanito Laguna, a boy from the slums, and Ramona Montiel, a prostitute. In this work, Berni explores the use of three-dimensional printmaking techniques, lending surfaces a sculptural quality. Ramona seems to be assembled out of discarded objects the artist found in the street. Fragments of cheap tablecloths, broken mechanical parts, and forgotten ordinary items reinforce the marginality of Ramona’s existence. Berni pursued through these innovative collagraphs the central goal of his long and prolific career, an art of social engagement.