RAUL SOLDI(1907/1994), ARGENTINE PAINTER – Painting made through the dream


RAUL SOLDI 1/3 – He was born in Buenos Aires to Italian parents in 1907, growing up in a family surrounded by artists. After traveling to Europe in 1924, he joined the Brera Academy in Milan, attending both personal and collective exhibitions. He had been accustomed to the formal aspects of painting, referring to a group of avant-garde artists, but did not align with modern 20th century painting. Great expressionist influence is captured in his paintings through shapes and colors, with which he has realized a stylized reality. The subjects he painted are landscapes and portraits, but also themes related to theater and circus. http://www.museofranklinrawson.org/artistas/soldi-raul/

RAUL SOLDI 2/3 – Back in 1935 in Argentina, until the mid-1950s he also worked as a set designer. He also began to work as cinematographic theatrical designer for national films and continued this work for fifteen years. He continued to produce oils, watercolors, inks, drawings, lithographies and monocopies. In his exhibitions he presented paintings with dematerialized figures, where the subjects seemed to belong to a dream world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mv8Wnoyvqg This stage corresponds to many female figures, who just seem to be the ones, who came out of an imagined reality. In the 1960s he painted the dome of Teatro Colon, a series of sixteen panels (Allegory of music, song and dance). Until the mid 70’s they prevail in his paintings. Between the late 1970s and early 1990s, his colors were replaced by recurrent white color. In July 1987, his painting “Madonna and Child” was incorporated into the collection of Vatican Museums in Rome.

RAUL SOLDI 3/3 – In 1979 he created the Soldi Foundation, giving many of his best works made between 1927 and 1978. As you can see, his paintings have a thematic vagueness, which contributes to the sense of unreality of painted subjects. He does not pursue the illusion of three-dimensionality, his stylized figures have bidimensional design. Despite his age, he continued working until April 21, 1994, when he died in Buenos Aires at the age of 89. In 1992, 210 of Soldi’s works were displayed in The History of Argentina exhibition at the National Rooms of Culture and half million people attended the exhibition, setting a record for an Argentine artist. His work is represented in the main museums and art galleries of the world, including the Modern Museum of Art of New York (MOMA), Florence and the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan. Even today he lives with us, through his work, with the advancement of technology www.soldi.com.ar

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