Lino Enea Spilimbergo
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Lino Enea Spilimbergo (12 August 1896 16 March 1964) was an Argentine artist and engraver, and he is considered to be one of the country's most important painters.
He was born in Buenos Aires in 1896, the son of Italian immigrants, Antonio Enea Spilimbergo and Maria Giacoboni, and his full name was Lino Claro Honorio Enea Spilimbergo. His early years were spent in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo. Whilst visiting his mother's relatives in northern Italy with his family he contracted pneumonia, which in later years caused him to suffer from asthma. Returning to Buenos Aires in 1902 he started his schooling, which ended in 1910, when he began working for the post office to support himself. From then on, until 1924, he kept this job in parallel with his painting. In 1917 he graduated from the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes and in September of that year his father died.
and in 1929 his son Antonio was born. A year later he moved back to Buenos Aires and in 1933, together with the Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros and the Argentine artists Antonio Berni and Lozano produced the mural entitled Ejercicio Plastico. To explain their principles and ideas, the group produced a document under the same title. The involvement in this work was a decisive event in Spilimbergo's life and marked the start of his career as a muralist.
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