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Rodolfo Abularach

 (born 1933)
Rodolfo Abularach was active/lived in New York / Mexico, Guatemala.  Rodolfo Abularach is known for eye focused painting, graphics.

Rodolfo Abularach

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Currently living in New York City, Rodolfo Abularach was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1933, and is prominent in Latin American and the United States. He explored the human eye in his early work, and this led to his fame and ultimate inclusion in collections in the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in books of Latin American Art History, such as Art of Latin America: 1900 - 1980 by Marta Traba.

Since 1975, he has slowly approached imaginative landscapes, suggesting themes of a more personal nature.  Permanent collections for Abularach's works include:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
Museo Cuevas, Mexico City.
Museum of International Contemporary Graphics, Fredrikstad, Norway.
Museum of Art, Cairo, Egypt.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.
Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia.
Museum of the University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.
Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.
Museum of Modern Art, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Museum of the
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Museum of Art,
Fleming Museum, Vermont.
Museum of Art and History, Geneva, Switzerland.
County Museum, Los Angeles, California.
National Museum of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
Museum of Art, Baghdad, Iraq.
Panarte Museum, Panama.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Museo del Barrio, New York.
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York.
New York Public Library, New York.
New York, Interchem, New York.
Sala Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia.
Institute of Spanish Culture, Madrid, Spain.
University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts.
Sala Mendoza, Mendoza Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela.
Cartón y Papel of Mexico, D.F., Mexico.
Interamerican Bank, Washington, DC.
Leticia Guerrero Collection, Bank of Quito, Quito, Ecuador.
Direction of Fine Arts, El Salvador.
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela.
Alternative Center for International Arts, New York.
World Print Council, San Francisco, California.
University of Austin, Austin, Texas.
Bank of Guatemala, Guatemala.

Biography from
A Palestinian painter and graphics artist, Rodlofo Abularach is best known for works that focus 'up close' on the human eye and its conveyance of psychological and spiritual aspects of people and the suggestions of mysteries of the psyche.  He has also been a draughtsman and a painter of bullfighting scenes, nudes and landscapes in realist style, but he later adopted more modernist, abstract styles..

He was born in Guatamala, where he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Guatamala City from 1947 to graduation in 1954.  There he researched folk art.

In New York City, he studied on a Guatemalan government grant at the Art Students League, and finally settled in that city.

He remained influential in Guatemala until the early1960s, but "because of his long residence abroad his work did not fit easily in the context of Central American art. . . After moving to New York, and especially from 1958 to 1961, his art underwent a profound transformation as he sought to bring together elements of abstract art and Surrealism and experimented with textures, for example in cross-hatched pen-and-ink drawings such as Fugitive from a Maya Lintel. Later he simplified his art and turned his attention to light as a substance emanating from within his works.

In the 1980s he began to paint large landscapes characterized by a magical symbolism.

Anna Sahpolsky Gallery/Wikipedia

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About  Rodolfo Abularach

Born:  1933 - Guatemala City, Guatemala
Known for:  eye focused painting, graphics