Martha Boto

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Martha Boto
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Martha Boto (1995)
Born (1925-12-27)December 27, 1925
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died October 13, 2004(2004-10-13) (aged 78)
Paris, France
Nationality Argentinian
Education Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes
Known for Sculpture
Movement Kinetic art
Spouse(s) Gregorio Vardanega

Martha Boto (27 December 1925 – 13 October 2004) was an Argentinian artist.[1] Boto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied drawing and painting at Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes in 1944.[2] She moved to Paris in 1959 with her husband and collaborator Gregorio Vardanega, where she lived until her death in 2004.[1]

She is considered to be a pioneer of kinetic and programmed art.[3]


Boto's earliest work was primarily geometric abstractions, and she had several solo exhibitions in the 1950s.[4] By 1956, she joined the Concrete art group "Arte Nuevo" and began to experiment with materials such as plexiglass, light, and mirrors.[2] She was among the first artists in Buenos Aires to use movement as a component in her sculptures.[1] In 1957, she started the group Artistas No Figurativos de la Argentina alongside Gregorio Vardanega.[2]

After Boto moved to Paris, Denise René promoted her work [4] and she also showed pieces at the first Biennale de Paris.[2] Boto began to incorporate more industrial materials, such as electric motors, into her sculptures at this time.


  1. ^ a b c "Martha Boto - Peggy Guggenheim Collection".
  2. ^ a b c d "Martha Boto - Sicardi Gallery".
  3. ^ Medosch, Armin (10 June 2016). "New Tendencies: Art at the Threshold of the Information Revolution (1961 - 1978)". MIT Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "Martha Boto".