|Biography from Louis Stern Fine Arts:|
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Argentian painter Anita Payró was born into an extremely sophisticated
artistic family. Her father, Roberto J. Payró, was an illustrious
Argentinean writer and journalist, serving as a war correspondent for
the newspaper “La Nación de Buenos Aires” during the First World War.
Anita and her siblings received first-rate European educations, living
in Barcelona, Brussels and London.
In Barcelona, she developed a close and long-lasting relationship
with the family of Joaquin Torres Garcia. Though Torres-Garcia did not
formalize his theoretical system, Constructive Universalism, until years
later, his ideas about geometry, structure and the meanings of mystical
symbols made a lasting impression on Ms. Payró meticulous compositions,
crafted decades later, reflect her early exposure to his ideas.
After a brief marriage that moored her in London, the artist
returned to Argentina. Though not directly aligned with the Arte
Concreto movement of the mid-century, Payró clearly worked with the
assumption the color and line are “concrete” in and of themselves and
thus free of any symbolic association with reality.
The artist herself described the path she elected to pursue as
one that allowed her to “Signify specific vital experiences; translate
lived impressions, feelings and emotions, and to illustrate through
lines, space and color and the the impact that a sacred or profane text
(made on her).”
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