Antonio Segui

Biographical Data

Born in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1934. He lives and works in Arcueil, near Paris. From 1951 to 1961, Antonio Segui studies painting in Argentina, in Spain and in France, he travels around the world to increase his artistic culture. His first individual exhibition takes place in 1957 in Cordoba. In 1963 he settles in Paris but spends long periods of time in Latin America. Between 1976 and 1983, the military dictatorship forbids his entrance to Argentina; he caricaturizes this dictatorship on his canvases. In 1984 he represents Argentina in the Venice Biennale.

Brief Chronology

Since the very beginning, Antonio Segui gets his inspiration from comic strips and translates with humor his vision of the world on painted canvases. Señor Gustavo makes frequent apparitions in his work; he is a somber character who always wears a hat and who travels from painting to painting as if he were the artist’s witness and, in a sense, his double. Between 1960 and 1970 he paints expressionist and satirical canvases that refer to the social and political history of Latin America (L’arrivée du Général, 1967). He admits that “in his work there has always been constant provocation and denouncement”. At the end of the 70’s he creates series of canvases that carry autobiographical connotations and says that what he paints “is a historic reconstruction of my childhood” (Paysages d’Argentine, Éléphants dans la pampa, Paysages de Paris, Parcs Nocturnes, Paysages de New York, etc.). Señor Gustavo appears in all of them, either just once or multiplied as many times as to cover the whole canvas space. He receives commissions to create monumental sculptures in painted steel (Tango, Château de Gages, Belgium, 2004). He has also drawn and done engraving work.




Las Rubias en el sol, 2006, Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 220 cm / 43,3 x 86,6 in.