Selected works 1935 - 1963
march - april 2011
Galleria Torbandena has the pleasure of presenting the first Italian exhibition of Esteban Lisa, a precursor and key figure of 20th-century Latin American Abstraction.
Esteban Lisa was born in Hinojosa de San Vicente (Castilla –La Mancha,Toledo, Spain) in 1895 and died in Buenos Aires in 1983 having emigrated to Argentina at the age of twelve.
As a painter he was highly reclusive, never exhibiting nor selling his work. He taught art at a night school in a poor district of Buenos Aires to European, Jewish and Arab immigrants, deciding on taking the difficult road of pure abstraction.
In 1955 he founded the Modern Art School Las Cuatro Dimensiones and published the book Kant, Einstein and Picasso (1956) and the Theory of Cosmovision and Plato's vision.
It has now been more than twenty years since the Lisa foundation in Buenos Aires has been actively promoting his work all over the world. Thanks to the labors of the Foundation Lisa’s oeuvre has been discovered and admired by the art world and the general public. Today along with Torres-Garcia, Lisa is considered one of the first Latin American abstract artists and a forerunner of the gestural abstract art and Informalism which would be developed by the CoBRA group and others after World War II.
His work has been exhibited in many museums, cultural institutions, art fairs and galleries throughout the world. Such institutions and galleries include the Torres-Garcia Museum of Montevideo, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, The Americas Society of New York, the Museo Rufino Tamayo of Mexico City ,the Hirschl&Adler Gallery of New York, , the Arnoldi-Livie Gallery of Munich, the Audi Foundation in Beirut, the Fundacion March of Madrid and the Salon du Dessin in Paris.
The Museum of Latin American Art of los Angeles (MOLAA), USA will hold a retrospective next February 2012.
Galleria Torbandena's exhibition will present a wide selection of works from the Thirties to the Sixties.
Catalogue available in the gallery upon request.