27 March 1905|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
21 April 1994 (aged 89)|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Raúl Soldi (27 March 1905 in Buenos Aires, Argentina – 21 April 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) was an Argentine painter whose work treated various subjects, including landscapes, portraits, the theater and the circus, and nature. His theatrical figures are renowned for their melancholy appearance. He also illustrated poetry books.
Raúl Soldi was born into an artistic family in Buenos Aires in 1905, his father was a cellist and his eldest sister studied piano and song. He began his studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina then travelled to Europe in 1921. He stayed in Germany until 1923 then moved to Italy to continue his studies, enrolling in the Real Academy of Brera (Milan) where he remained until 1932. Whilst in Italy, he became involved with groups of vanguard artists.
In 1932, he returned to Argentina and continued to produce oils, watercolors, inks, drawings, lithographies and monocopies.
In 1933, he began to work as cinematographic theatrical designer for national films and continued this work for fifteen years.
In 1941, he was granted a scholarship by the National Commission of Culture and travelled to Hollywood in the United States.
In 1953, he began work upon the murals of the Church of Santa Ana, Glew, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina - a project that took 23 summers to complete.
In 1966, he redecorated the Cupola of the Colón Theater of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1971, he created a mosaic of the Church of San Isidro Labrador.
In 1973, his work Santa Ana and the Virgin is included in the Gallery of Sacred Art at the Vatican.
In 1989, he created the mosaic Camerata Bariloche, for the Museum of the Park of Portofino, Italy.
Soldi's paintings include:
- The Hammock (1933)
- Landscape of Villa Ballester (1935)
- Sarita (1947)
- The Musicians (1956)
- The Greeting (1957)
- Naked with Doves (1957)
- Diego with Dancer Suit (1958)
- The Kiss (1960)
- The Tango in Paris (1963)
During his lifetime, Soldi received numerous awards, including:
1933: First Prize at the Conjuntoen XIX the Hall Watercolorists of Buenos Aires and a Silver Medal in the International Exposition of San Francisco.
1936: Gold Medal in the Hall Rosary, Santa Fe.
1937: Prizes at the International Exhibition of Paris and the XXIVth Hall Watercolorists of Buenos Aires.
1942: Figures gains Third Prize in the National Hall.
1943: Prizes in the Biennial of San Pabloy in the National Hall Artists Decorators (Gold medal Argentina).
1944: Dancing Young Person gains the Sívori Prize granted by the National Hall.
1947: First Prize in the National Hall.
1948: First Prize of the Biennial of San Pablo.
1949: Woman combing to her daughter gains the Great Prize of Honor in the National Hall.
1952: The Palanza Prize of the National Academy of Beautiful Arts, of which he was member.
1960: Mention of Honor in II the Biennial of Mexico.
1985: Declared 'illustrious citizen' of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Museums and Exhibitions
From 1930, Soldi's work was displayed in the National Hall Culture, and in diverse provincial Halls throughout Argentina. Internationally, his work was displayed in the International Expo of San Francisco (1933), International Exhibition of Paris (1937), in New York (1941–1943) and in exhibitions throughout Romania in 1970.
In 1992, 210 of Soldi's works were displayed in The History of Argentina exhibition at the National Rooms of Culture, Argentina. Half million people attended the exhibition, setting a record for an Argentine artist.
Raúl Soldi's work is represented in the main museums and art galleries of the world, including the Modern Museum of Art of New York (MOMA), Florence and the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan.