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Lived/Active: Italy/Argentina/Brazil      Known for: futurist, non objective, abstract painting, f

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The following biographies of Juan Bay are submitted by Jean Rene Arregui Bay, grandson of the artist.

Born in 1892 in Trenque Lauquen, province of Buenos Aires, Juan Bay lived in Italy for many years. Between 1908 and 1914, he studied drawing and painting in Milan and in 1911 took part in a free Futurist exhibition held at the Umanitaria, in Milan.

After some teaching in Argentina, he returned to painting in Milan, exhibiting with the galleries Bardi, Poligono, Casa d´Artisti, Il Milione and Mascioni, among others. He took part in the Italian non-figurative artists´show at Brera, organised in 1938 and in the exhibition held in 1936 at the Galeria Moody in Buenos Aires.

In 1942, he exhibited at the Galeria Mascioni as part of the non-figurative group of Como and together with the futurists at the Venice Biennale and at the Quadriennale of Rome. In 1949, he returned to Argentina and showed his works at the Galeria Van Riel, at La Máscara and at Antú.

In 1951, two non-figurative oils of Bay´s could be seen in an important exhibition of Ugo Bernasconi´s collection. He joined the Madí artists and took part in the group exhibitions held at Galeria Kray, and Galeria Numero, in Florence, at Galeria Van Riel and Galeria Bonino in Buenos Aires and at the Galerie Denise René, in Paris, among others. He took part in the First International Show of the Museo de Arte Moderno held in November, 1960.

In 1976 he was also part of the exhibitions Homenaje a la Vanguardia Argentina de la Década del 40, (Celebrating the Argentine Vanguard of the 40’s) held at the Galería Arte Nuevo, Vanguardia de la Década del 40. Arte Concreto-Invención. Arte Madí. Perceptismo (Vanguard of the 40’s. Concrete Invention Art) Madí Art. Perceptism), held at the Museo Sivori (1980) and Argentina. Arte Concreto-Invención 1945. Grupo Madí 1946 (Argentina. Concrete Invention Art 1945. Madí Group 1946), held at Rachel Adler Gallery, in New York (1990).

Bay’s paintings form part of important European collections, such as the collection of the Museo del Castello Sforzesco and of the Museo de Arte Moderno, both in Milan. In 1978*, the year he died, a retrospective show was held at the Galeria de la Salle, Saint Paul de Vence.

Biography by Florencia Battiti / Cristina Rossi

*Jean Rene Arregui Bay states that his grandfather died at her home in Sao Paulo in 1985 at age 94.


Juan Bay
(Trenque Lauquen, Buenos Aires Province, 1892 - Italy, 1978)
He was born in Trenque Lauquen, province of Buenos Aires, in 1892. He resided in Italy from 1908 onwards and studied drawing and painting in Milan until 1914. He participated in a Futurist free exhibition held at the Umanitaria, Milan, in 1911.

Back in Argentina, he worked as a teacher from 1925 to 1929. He resumed his artistic activities in Milan, and had exhibitions in Bardi, Poligono, Casa d'Artisti, Il Milione and Mascioni galleries, among others. Together with the Italian non-figurative artists, he took part in the exhibition of Brera in 1938, and the exhibition at the Galería Moody of Buenos Aires, in 1936. In 1942 his works were exhibited at the Mascioni gallery together with the works of the non-figurative group of Como. He also participated with the Futurist artists in the Biennial of Venice and in the Quadriennale of Rome.

He returned to Buenos Aires in 1949 where his works were exhibited at Van Riel, La Máscara and Antú galleries. An important exhibition of the collection of Ugo Bernasconi was made in 1951, which included two non-figurative oils by Juan Bay.

He joined the Madí Group in 1952, being part of the group exhibitions held at the Krayd gallery, Buenos Aires, and the Numero Gallery, Florence, both in 1955. He also participated in exhibitions held in Buenos Aires at Galería Bonino in 1956 and Galería Van Riel in 1957. His works were also included in Art Madí International, Groupe Argentin hosted by the Gallery Denise René, Paris, in 1958.

His works integrated the I Muestra Internacional del Museo de Arte Moderno (I International Exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art) of Buenos Aires, in November, 1960. In 1976 he attended Homenaje a la vanguardia argentina de la década del ’40 in (A Tribute to the Argentine Vanguard of the 40s, hosted by Galería Arte Nuevo.

His production is seen in significant European collections, among them, the Museum of the Castello Sforzesco, and the Museum of Modern Art, both in Milan.

The Galerie de La Salle, Saint Paul de Vence, France, hosted a retrospective exhibition of his work in 1978*, the year he died.

**Jean Rene Arregui Bay states that his grandfather died at her home in Sao Paulo in 1985 at age 94.

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