Antonio Segui

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About the artist

Antonio Seguí is a painter, born on January 11, 1934, in Córdoba, Argentina, from a family of wealthy merchants.

He arrived in France in 1951 to study painting and sculpture. In 1952, he left to study in Spain. In 1957, he made his first individual exhibition in Argentina. In 1958, he made a long trip throughout South America and Central America, before settling in Mexico, where he studied the techniques of engraving. In 1961, he returned to work in Argentina, before leaving permanently for Paris where he lived and worked up until his death on 26 February 2022, at the age of 88.

At the beginning of his career, influenced by artists like George Grosz or Otto Dix, he practiced expressionist figuration from which irony emerged. Little by little, his figuration evolved towards the absurd, building a kind of theater on the stage of which a man frolics in motion seeking his place in the world.

Facetiousness and humour supplanting existential angst, he tries to orchestrate in his own way the hopes and follies of a human, ironic, deceptively naive and disturbing comedy.

The soldiers of the Argentine dictatorship ended up forbidding him to stay: “I didn’t try to attack them directly, but not very intelligent people think that when you’re not with them, you’re against them. »

Being a Latin American artist, each of his works carries with it images of the city, of his native country: “I solved my problems with my mother, with God, but with Cordoba, no! The city has remained as it was in my memories, and I always come back to it in my dreams…”

Using charcoal, pastel, pencil or pen, against a background of urban bustle, he brings to life a colourful and graphic world that seems to emerge from the world of comics. Antonio Segui was an artist and a collector, born on January 11 1934 in Cordoba, Argentina. Coming from a family of wealthy traders, he lived and worked between France and Argentina.