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Fernando de Szyszlo

Peruvian painter

Fernando de Szyszlo Valdelomar (5 July 1925 – 9 October 2017) was a Peruvian painter, sculptor, printmaker, and teacher. He was a key figure in advancing abstract art in Latin America since the mid-1950s, and one of the leading plastic artists in Peru.

Fernando de Szyszlo
Fernando de Szyszlo in 2009
Born (1925-07-05)5 July 1925
Lima, Peru
Died 9 October 2017(2017-10-09) (aged 92)
Lima, Peru
Nationality Peruvian
Field Painting, sculpture, printmaking
Training National University of Engineering
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Movement Abstract art, Surrealism, Informalism
Influenced by Adolf Winternitz
Awards Order of the Sun of Peru, 2011

Szyszlo became a major force for artistic renewal in his country breaking new ground by expressing a Peruvian subject matter in a non-representational style. In 1962, he became a professor of art at Cornell University. In 1965 he became a visiting lecturer at Yale University.

Szyszlo was awarded the Order of the Sun of Peru in 2011.

Szyszlo died of complications from a fall at his home in Lima, Peru on 9 October 2017 at the age of 92.[1]

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