Juan Carlos Castagnino
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Juan Carlos Castagnino was an Argentine painter, architect, muralist and sketch artist.
Along with Antonio Berni, Spilimbergo and Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, he created a series of murals for a villa belonging to local businessman Natalio Botana, in Don Torcuato. Castagnino traveled to Paris in 1939, where he attended the atelier of cubist painter Andre Lhote, later traveling across Europe perfecting his art and in the company of Georges Braque, Fernand Leger and Pablo Picasso, among others. Castagnino returned to Argentina in 1941, where he enrolled an the University of Buenos Aires and obtained a degree in architecture.
He received numerous awards in subsequent years, including the Grand Prize of Honor of the Argentine National Hall (1961), the Medal of Honor at Expo '58 , and a special mention for his drawings at the II Mexico City Biennale of 1962. His illustrations for a EUDEBA (University of Buenos Aires Press) edition of Jose Hernandez's Martin Fierro (the national poem of Argentina), gained wide recognition.
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