Joaquin Torres-Garcia

1874 - 1949, Uruguay

Joaquin Torres Garcia was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on July 28, 1874.

At the age of 17, Torres Garcia emigrated to Mataró, Spain where he began to attend a local art academy and drawing classes at an Arts and Trades school. In 1892, he enrolled in the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Barcelona. In 1893, Torres García matriculated in the Cercle Artístic de Sant Luc, Barcelona.

In 1920, he left Europe for New York City, where he met such important artists as Joseph Stella, David Karfunkle and Marcel Duchamp, among others, and his work appeared in the Society of Independent Artists. In 1922, he returned to Europe, where he discovered the work of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. In 1934, Torres Garcia returned to Montevideo determined to introduce Modernist and Constructivist aesthetics to Uruguayan artists, founding “ La escuela del Sur”. In 1943 he established the Taller Torres-García, a school in which students learned the principles of Constructivist art, influencing the direction of art particularly in Uruguay and Argentina for a generation after Torres-García’s death.

The work of Joaquin Torres Garcia has been showed in several shows at Gary Nader gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, including the group exhibitions: Latin American Masters, Latin American Art Modern Masters and Contemporary, Latin American Modern and Contemporary Art, among others.    

Joaquin Torres Garcia died in Montevideo, Uruguay on August 8, 1949.

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