Passing of major artist Antonio Segui
It is with great sorrow to learn that Antonio Segui passed away this Saturday February 26 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the age of 88.
Born in 1934 in Cordoba, Argentina, Antonio Segui was a major figure in the Latin American art scene, excelling in painting, engraving, and sculpture. Established in France in the 1960s, his work was revealed in Europe during the Paris Biennale in 1963. With more than 200 solo exhibitions, his artworks have been collected and displayed worldwide by art institutions such as MoMA, New York; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C.; Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria; Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Croatia; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France; among many others.
Internationally recognized for his satirical depictions of society, Antonio Segui endlessly painted his recurring character, « El señor Gustavo », a little man dressed in costume and wearing a hat, who wanders through his works in a perpetual movement, a unique combination of humor, nostalgia, and poetry.
Banned from Argentina during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), he welcomed many intellectuals and artists fleeing totalitarianism in Latin America, in his studio in Paris.
The Centre Pompidou in Paris showcased the first retrospective of his works on paper in 2005. In 2018, he was awarded with the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was also a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
Our deepest sympathies go to his family and loved ones. We are honored to represent his artwork in Paris and Miami.