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Lived/Active: Argentina      Known for: landscape painting

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Biography from World Art Gallery:
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Julio Ducuron was born in Rio Cuarto, Cordoba Province, Argentina on November 24, 1946.  He is of French descent, and his parents, Julio Loreto Ducuron and Elsa Lebrone descended from the French Basques of Madiran in the High Pyrenees Mountains.

His career as an artist began at a young age, and his first art teacher was Professor Angel Vieyra, an artist in his own right was witness to his first art competition.  In 1960 when he was just 13 years old, he won his first professional art competition garnering first prize in a plein air competition in Rio Cuarto Art Exhibition.  The winning painting entitled The Hillock, was also seen by Don Libero Pierini, a well known painter from Italy.  Don Pierini was so taken by the art of the young Julio Ducuron that he interceded and spoke with Don Marciano Longarini,  the principal of the Art School in order that Julio might attend the school before the required age. His request was granted, and thus Julio Ducuron became the youngest student at the Escuela Provincial de Bellas Artes in Rio Cuarto, Argentina.  There he studied under several highly regarded artists including Jorge Horacio Cordova, Jose Alvarez Soave, and Martin Santiago.

Julio Ducuron studied Economic Science as well as art and obtained his degree in 1970.  That same year he was awarded an art study program at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

For over thirty years Julio Ducuron headed up the Color III program at the Superior Fine Arts County School, Libero Pierini.  With forty-four years of artistic experience, Julio Ducuron offered great insight to his students teaching color theory and practice. During those thirty years Julio Ducuron grew, matured, suffered, and enjoyed the art life.  He continued with his teaching until June of 2003.


1964 Graduated from the Fine Arts State School in Rio Cuarto, Argentina

1964 Degree in Economic Science

1965-66 Specializes in Painting and Color at the Fine Arts Superior School, Cordoba City, Argentina

1966 First solo exhibition, El Circulo Art Gallery, Rio Cuarto, Argentina

1970 Fulbright International Award. Traveled to Winona Lake, Indiana to study.

1972 Founded and directed the Fernando Fader Art Gallery in Rio Cuarto, exhibiting well known Argentine artists until 1991.

1973-76 Director, Fine Arts County Museum, Rio Cuarto, Argentina: Created new programs in order that the townspeople become acquainted with the art collection at the museum. Created and hosted a television program entitled The Museum Brought to Your Home. Continued with the program until 1976 when the new military dictatorship requested his resignation.

1973-76 Director of the Plastic Art Workshop Argentine Artists promoting the very successful Free Expression Workshops where senior adults were offered free art classes.

1974 Began sending paintings to Italy for regular exhibitions.

1976 Traveled to Milano, staying three months, during which time he exhibited at ten solo shows throughout Northern Italy, selling all 62 of his paintings. Cites included in the exhibitions: Milan, Legnano, Cremona, Bra, Bollate, Casale Monferrato, and Monza.

1976 Especial Prize, Art International Biennial, Monza, Italy

1976 Director of Argentine Artists Gallery

1988 Haggai International Institute Award to travel to Singapore for art study and painting.

1988 Paintings of Singapore landscapes were exhibited in Atlanta and Singapore and remain in permanent collections there.

2000-03 Director, Superior Fine Arts County School, Rio Cuarto, Argentina

2001, 2002, 2003 Solo Exhibits Include: Latin American Art Museum, Miami, and the Jadite Art Gallery, NY

2002 Honor Prize by Jury of 200 at the International Contest for Latin American and Spaniard Artists

2003 Director, Superior Fine Arts County School

Solo Exhibitions:
Legislative Power Palace, Cordoba State, Cordoba, Argentina 2003
Latin American Art Museum, Miami 2001
Rio Cuarto Museum of Fine Arts, Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina 2000
Rio Cuarto Museum of Fine Arts, Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina 1981

Permanent Collections
Monza County Museum of Art, Monza, Italy
Latin American Art Museum, Miami
Haggai Institute, Atlanta
Haggai Institute, Singapore
Ram?n G?mez Cornet State Museum of Art, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Walter de Navazio County Museum of Art, Bell Ville, C?rdoba, Argentina
Lujin State Museum of Art, Lujin, Argentina
Rio Cuarto County Museum of Art, Argentina
Octavio de la Colina County Museum, La Rioja. Argentina
Lucense Art Center of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Collection ?Mujeres Argentinas para el Fondo Patri?tico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mariano Moreno Public Library, R?o Cuarto, Argentina
Nacional University of R?o Cuarto, Argentina
Collection of the Faculty of Economic Siencies, University of R?o Cuarto, Argentina
Collection of the State School of Fine Arts, R?o Cuarto, Argentina
Goverment Collection of the C?rdoba State, City of C?rdoba, Argentina

Honors and Awards
Featured in The Grand Book of Argentine Art, published in 2004 by Ediciones Institucionales
Segnalazione Speciale Prize, Bienale Internazionale D?Art, Monza, Italy 1976
First Prize, Internazionale di Pittura Il Protagonist D?Oro, Monza, Italy 1977
Gold Medal,  Second Annual Awards of Jockey Club, Argentina 1975
Second Prize, IX National Awards for Landscape Painters, Village of Merlo, San Luis, Argentina 2000

Second Prize, 'To the Painting 2002',  Central Businessman, Commercial and Industrial, Argentina 2002
First Prize, Award Artexpresion International 2002,  Miami-Buenos Aires
Rio Cuarto Artist Prize, Department of Social Welfare of the State of C?rdoba, IV Annual National Award, Argentina 1971
Second Prize, Annual National Award Cerealista, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1977
First Prize, Annual Provincial Award of Jockey Club, Argentina 1974
Artist Prize, International Exhibition Peace Argentine Counsel,  Buenos Aires 1974
Second Prize, First National Award of Autumn, Argentina 1970
The 'Protagonist' Prize of Cordoba Province, City of C?rdoba, Argentina 1979
First Prize, Award Municipalidad of Rio Cuarto, Argentina 1965
Second Prize, Annual National Award Cerealista of Plastic Arts,  Buenos Aires 1978
Second Prize, 'Award To the Painting 2001', Central Businessman, Argentina
First Prize, Award Anniversary of Rio Cuarto, Argentina 1968

Professional Art Critic Reviews:

Cesar Magrini, The Grand Book of Argentine Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004 Edition

"Julio Ducuron's extraordinary paintings clearly convey his resolute commitment to both figurative art and impressionism. Born in Rio Cuarto, in Cordoba province, he not only is a renowned artist but also an indefatigable teacher who actively participates in the rich local cultural life.

His unique works reveal an experienced and sensible substance, since he skillfully approaches landscapes resorting to a broad perspective, sound knowledge and love of beauty.

Bountiful brush stokes that never obscure a flawless design rooted in the best aesthetic tradition, result in astounding paintings, deservedly admired and rewarded in this country and abroad.

His amazing works have been shown and praised in the United States, Italy, and even Singapore, a far away and friendly place that owns several Ducuron masterpieces.

Amilicare de Gregorio, Artespazio, April 1976, Milan, Italy

"This exceptional art exhibition has given enthusiasm to the visitor public at the present show opening. The exhibition has impacted the curiosity of the art collectors whom has visited the personal exhibition of Ducuron, a great Argentine painter who has been distinguished by a strong and vibrant impressionism. Nice, young, and intelligent, he paints with an envious chromatic freshness. A precise painter of animal subjects, he puts on his canvas horses, cows, chickens, and other animals, giving a lot of vitality and movement, situating them in many ecological and natural environments where the tree's green shadows emanate freshness and perfume. The decisive magistral brush touch of the artist, the solid material impasto, the chromatic harmony and the tune effects create that reality of the Argentine landscape, rejected by modern men but to which it is necessary to return."

Gudino Kramer, Cordoba Newspaper, Cordoba, Argentina January 3, 1973

"It is a pleasure to look at Julio Ducuron paintings. We are talking of figuartive painting, we may call it impressionism, in plein air, of pure joyfull colors; without any hidden secrets nor enclosing any other message than the message of nature. Transcending its lively presence on a conventional landscape, without hesitations of any kind. A constant luminosity invades these Ducuron's canvases, a luxurious luminosity, from which, when the bass tunes and the quivering tints hue disappear, emerges with aggressive strength of the landscape with all its bright beauty."

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