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Luis Seoane

  • Luis Seoane is an artist mainly known for his murals, paintings and illustrations. He spent his childhood and youth in Galicia, before settling in Buenos Aires in 1936.
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    Luís Seoane

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  • Place of Birth:
    Buenos Aires (AR)
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    A Coruña (ES)
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  • Introduction:

    Luis Seoane is an artist mainly known for his murals, paintings and illustrations. He spent his childhood and youth in Galicia, before settling in Buenos Aires in 1936.

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    Luis Seoane painting the mural Los Músicos at Galería Santa Fe in Buenos Aires, 1953 (Díaz Arias de Castro 2019, 24 and via Wikimedia Commons).
  • Content:

    Luis Seoane is an artist mainly known for his murals, paintings and illustrations. Born in Buenos Aires in 1910, the son of Spanish emigrants, he spent his childhood and youth in Galicia, before settling in Buenos Aires in October 1936 after fleeing Franco's military coup.
    While in Spain, Seoane studied law and began working as an illustrator for the political press. He was well integrated into the local milieu and regularly attended gatherings of artists and intellectuals. When his political activities forced him into exile, he chose Buenos Aires, where he had been born and already had friends. Thus, in October 1936, a few months after the start of the Spanish civil war, Seoane arrived in Buenos Aires on board the SS Cap Norte. There, he had no trouble making a place for himself and starting his activities: he founded the Galicia Libre newspaper with Xosé Núñez Búa in 1937 and, in 1939, was appointed editor of Galicia magazine at the Galician Centre in Buenos Aires. Among the work he produced in exile were the Thirteen prints of the betrayal (Trece estampas de la traición). The engravings, printed in Porter Hermanos' print house, focused on the devastation of civil war-stricken Spain.
    Luis Seoane belonged to the artistic circle comprising Horacio Coppola, Grete Stern, Clément Moreau, and Attilio Rossi, among many others. With the photographers Coppola and Stern, he opened a studio for advertising photography in Avenida Córdoba 363, which he closed in 1938 because it was unprofitable. One year later, he began working with the Losada publishing house.

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  • Media:
    Luis Seoane, Emigrantes, 1953, oil on canvas, 108 x 80 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
    Luis Seoane, Fascimo, cover of Unidad por la Defensa de la Cultura, no. 2, September 1937. CeDInCI, Buenos Aires.
  • Bibliography (selected):

    Bozal, Valeriano. “Luís Seoane. Pinturas, dibujos y grabados (1932-1979).” Luís Seoane. Pinturas, dibujos y grabados. 1932–1979, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea, Santiago de Compostela / Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 2000, pp. 17–51.

    Díaz Arias de Castro, Xosé. "Luis Seoane; Unha vida e unha obra con Galicia ao fondo." Seoane. Real Academia Galega de Belas Artes, Deputación Provincial, 2019, pp. 3–24.

    Dolinko, Silvia. “'Imágenes de Galicia', grabados de Luís Seoane en Buenos Aires.” Los estudios gallegos en tiempos de cambio y transformación: de Buenos Aires a Galicia, special issue of Madrygal. Revista de Estudios Gallegos, vol. 20 (Núm. especial), 2017, pp. 73–86, doi: Accessed 17 February 2021.

    Wechsler, Diana. “Convergencias, complicidades. Luís Seoane en las redes de la cultura antifascista.” Luís Seoane, entre Galicia y la Argentina (Colección La Argentina plural), edited by Fernando Devoto and Ramón Villares, Biblos, 2012, pp. 221–235.

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  • Archives and Sources:

    Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña.

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  • Author:
    Laura Karp Lugo
  • Exile:

    A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain (1916–1936); Buenos Aires, Argentina (1936)

  • Known addresses in Metromod cities:

    Calle Montevideo, Buenos Aires (residence).

  • Metropolis:
    Buenos Aires
  • Laura Karp Lugo. "Luis Seoane." METROMOD Archive, 2021,, last modified: 12-05-2021.
  • Grete Stern
    Buenos Aires

    Grete Stern is one of the photographers that represent modern photography in Argentina. Her house in Ramos Mejía was a meeting place for local and foreign artists and intellectuals.

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    Buenos Aires

    From 1936, the anti-fascist movement in Argentina found one of its most consistent opinion platforms in the magazine Unidad, organ of the Association of Intellectuals, Artists, Journalists and Writers (AIAPE).

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    Galería Pacifico’s murals
    Buenos Aires

    A key episode in Argentina’s muralism was the creation of an extensive muralist programme at the Galerías Pacífico in 1946, carried out by the Grupo Taller de Arte Mural.

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    Clément Moreau
    Graphic Artist
    Buenos Aires

    German-born Clément Moreau had to exile to Buenos Aires due to his political activism. There, he was well integrated into the artistic milieu and published his caricatures in many publications.

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    Horacio Coppola
    Buenos Aires

    Born in Buenos Aires, Horacio Coppola is one of the photographers who represent modern photography in Argentina.

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