Antonio Frasconi

Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but was brought up in Montevideo in Uruguay. Frasconi relocated to the United States in 1945, where he worked as a gardener at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. There, he had his first woodcut exhibition, followed by a similar show the following year at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. While in New York, he received his formal art education at the Art Students League of New York, and the New School for Social Research.

He is most recognized for his woodcuts, printmaking, graphic art design, and book illustrations. His major work was a series of woodcuts titled The Disappeared, which illustrates the horrors of dictatorship and torture. Frasconi’s works mostly focus on American patriotism, animals, caricatures, figures, genre, portraits and historical subjects. Some institutions where his art has been exhibited include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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