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Cosmocosa
Buenos Aires
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© José Antonio Berni y Luis E. De Rosa

Antonio Berni, who apprenticed with a stained-glass manufacturer as a child, began his artistic career as a Surrealist, producing paintings and collages. In the 1930s, Berni’s practice shifted towards critical and social realism; around then he banded with other young artists to espouse the New Realism movement, dedicated to highlighting class struggle and social injustice in Argentina. He worked typically in large scale and, perhaps in part due to a meeting with David Alfaro Siqueiros, made a number of murals as well. In 1959, he returned to making collages, using detritus and found objects. Berni was also known for making xylographs (or woodcuts) in high relief, incorporating collage elements—he called these xylo-collage-reliefs. In his late career, Berni’s style became increasingly photorealistic.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MALBA
Selected exhibitions
2020
Selected WorksCosmocosa
Selected Works IICosmocosa
2016
Antonio Berni - Revelations on paper 1922-1981Cosmocosa
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Sin Título, 1969-1975

Collage, pencil and pastel oil on paper
12 3/5 × 15 2/5 in
32 × 39 cm
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C
Cosmocosa
Buenos Aires
Medium
Image rights
© José Antonio Berni y Luis E. De Rosa

Antonio Berni, who apprenticed with a stained-glass manufacturer as a child, began his artistic career as a Surrealist, producing paintings and collages. In the 1930s, Berni’s practice shifted towards critical and social realism; around then he banded with other young artists to espouse the New Realism movement, dedicated to highlighting class struggle and social injustice in Argentina. He worked typically in large scale and, perhaps in part due to a meeting with David Alfaro Siqueiros, made a number of murals as well. In 1959, he returned to making collages, using detritus and found objects. Berni was also known for making xylographs (or woodcuts) in high relief, incorporating collage elements—he called these xylo-collage-reliefs. In his late career, Berni’s style became increasingly photorealistic.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MALBA
Selected exhibitions (3)
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