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Luis Felipe Noe

Luis Felipe Noe is an artist, writer, intellectual and teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he is known as Yuyo. In 1961 he formed Otra Figuracion (another figuration) with three other Argentine artists. Their eponymous exhibition and subsequent work greatly influenced the Neofiguration movement. After the group disbanded, Noe relocated to New York City where he painted and showed assemblages that stretched the boundaries of the canvas. In 1965 he published his groundbreaking theoretical work, Antiestetica. He then took a ten-year hiatus from painting and upon return to Buenos Aires opened a bar, taught, wrote and created installations with mirrors. A military coup coincided with his painting comeback, and in 1976 Noe migrated to Paris where he continued to experiment, both with canvas re-texturing and the drawing process. His later paintings move away from the figure and focus on elements of landscape. Noe currently lives and works in Buenos Aires. His son, Gaspar Noe is a Franco-Argentine filmmaker.

Noe embraces both political and human chaos in his work, fearlessly entering the eye of the storm. His two seminal paintings from this period are Introduccion a la esperanza (introduction to Hope) and Cerrado por brujeria (Closed for Sorcery), both from 1963.

Noe was honored with a retrospective in 1995/1996 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

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