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 Alicia Giangrande  (1916 - 1999)

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Yadwiga Alicia Delande
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Yadwiga Alicia Delande Giangrande (1916-1999)

Polish-Argentinian artist Yadwiga Alicia Delande grew up around artists, writers and intellectuals in her native country's capitol, Warsaw.
In 1938 she received a law degree from The University of Warsaw.  In 1940 she moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived and studied painting until 1945.

Leaving Brazil, she settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1946 and began a three year study with the renowned artist Demetrio Urruchua (1902-1986).

Thereafter she spent two years in Paris, France, studying with the eminent artist and educator, Andre Lhote (1885-1962).  Painting actively and exhibiting in group shows earned her the sponsorship of the influential Spanish writer/critic Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), who in 1953, presented her first solo exhibition at Sala V, Van Riel Gallery in Buenos Aires.   In the very same year the Ministry of Education of Rio de Janeiro also offered to sponsor an exhibition of her work.   She had her second solo show at Sala V, Van Riel in1955.   Although Yadwiga started out in the late 40s as a figurative modernist, by 1955 she fully embraced abstract and non-objective painting.  

In 1956 she was invited to be part of a small group of artists representing Argentina in the Biennial of Venice, Italy.   In the same year she assembled a solo show for Galerie Zak in Paris which was presented by Jorge Romero Brest (1905-1989), the highly regarded Argentine art critic and promoter of the 1960s and 70s art movements of Latin America.    The show was very well received by the French critics.     

After marrying the Italian sculptor Silvio Giangrande (1908- ? ) she changed her last name to Giangrande.  Increasing success made it possible for the couple to buy a ranch near Buenos Aires and make it a haven of legendary "themed" literary discussions.  One of the occasional guests was the Spanish author Camilo Jose Cela (1916-2002), recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Literature.

In 1957 Yadwiga mounted two more solo shows in Buenos Aires while still participating in group exhibitions throughout Latin-America, Europe and Israel.      

She kept her creative pace for three decades.

Information provided by Lui Antal Deak from old, 1950s and 60s, gallery booklets and internet open sources.

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