b. Cordoba, Argentina 1934 - present
One of the most characteristic features of Seguí's drawings and paintings is the presence of little men wearing hats. The artist has told that this comes from memories of his childhood, in a time when men always wore hats in the public space.
A recurring theme in Seguí's work is urban life and its inhabitants which seems like speedy automatons that take immutable routes leading nowhere. Up close, each figure is an individual, walking around and doing all kind of things. But from a distance, the individuals conform a complex patterns in a labyrinthic landscape. In many of his works, it can be see a vast crowd of figures, covering the whole surface of the canvas, like in Gente de las azoteas (1992), Se llamaba Charles Atlas (2001) or Pasar desapercibido (2001). But in a large number of canvases the focus is in individual figures, like Sacando la Lengua (1965) and EI Fumador (1966).
Seguí’s paintings present densely inhabited cities rendered in shallow space. Born on January 11, 1934 in Córdoba, Argentina, Seguí studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain, and at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, France. Seguí had his first solo exhibition in his native Argentina at the age of 23. Since then, he has exhibited at galleries and institutions throughout the world, and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. In 2005, his work was the subject of a retrospective at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris. Seguí lives and works in Paris, France.
CURRICULUM & EXHIBITIONS
Awards & Honors
Grand Prize awarded by the "National Museum of Western Art" at the V International Tokyo Biennial (1966).
First International Prize of Darmstadt (1967).
Grand Prize awarded at the Carcovia Biennial, Poland (1967).
Grand Prize awarded at the Biennial of San Juan, Puerto Rico (1968).
Grand Prize awarded at the Salon de Montrouge, France (1977).
Konex Prize Expressionist Painting (1982).
Instituto Torcuato Di Tella Award (1989).
Grand Prize National Fund of the Arts (1990).
Gold Medal XI Norwegian International Graphic Triennial (1995).
Konex Painting Prize: Quinquenio 1987 - 1991 (1992).
Konex Platinum Award: Graphic (2002).
Corresponding Member of the French Academy of Sciences and Arts.