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José Antonio Fernández-Muro
20th century
(Madrid, Spain, 1920 – 2014, Madrid, Spain)

José Antonio Fernández-Muro was born in Madrid in 1920 and emmigrated to Argentina in 1938, where he became an Argentine citizen. Fernández-Muro’s early work was geometric, often incorporating texture and using a stencil to cover his canvases in dots. It underwent a drastic change after Fernández-Muro moved to New York in 1962. He began to produce foil impressions of manhole covers and sidewalks that he obtained from the streets of New York at night, which he then adhered to his paintings. This series was contemporaneous with the Pop art movement in the United States and shared many similarities to the flag paintings of Jasper Johns. However, Fernánadez-Muro maintained that he used the rubbings because of their geometric shapes, which were similar to those he had included in his earlier work. After living in Europe for several years, Fernández-Muro returned to Buenos Aires in the late 1970s, and to the soft-edged geometric abstractions of his early career.

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