Roberto De Lamonica

ROBERTO DE LAMONICA (1933 Ponta Pora, Brazil - 1995, NYC, EEUU)

Born in Ponta Pora, Brazil, Roberto de Lamonica was a master printer, painter and professor. He began his studies in the School of Fine Arts in São Paulo, then worked at the São Paulo Art Museum under the guidance of Poty and Darel, later studying printmaking with Renina Katz. In 1958 he moved to Rio de Janeiro and studied with Orlando da Silva at the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios. The following year, he studied under Johnny Friedlaender at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1963, he was invited to teach at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965 and settled in New York City in 1967, where he taught printmaking at several institutions, including the New School for Social Research, the Pratt Graphics Center and the Art Students League. In the early '80s he spent two years at the Sydney College of Art in Australia creating a new graphics department for the school.

Awards  include: Grand Prize, II Biennial of Santiago; Best Brazilian Engraver Prize, VIIth Biennial of Sao Paulo; First Prize, Krakow Biennial, 1966. His prints are in many private and public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum, New York City; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Santiago Art Museum, Chile; and M.I.T., Boston.

It is part of the Grafica Latinoamericana, portfolio created by Galeria Colibri, 70s, San Juan, PR, that consists of 22 original prints by 20 Latin American artists:  #1/100 in an edition of 100 on Arches paper.

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