"Cielo Azul" by Antonio Segui
Oil on canvas
Size US: 79 x 79 in
Size Europe: 200 x 200 cm
Antonio Seguí (January 11, 1934) is an Argentine cartoonist, painter, engraver, book illustrator and sculptor, currently lives and works in Paris. He's one of the most emblematic living Argentine artists who are still active and exhibiting his work constantly in various places around the world. Seguí's work is collected and exhibited worldwide in art institutions such as MoMA, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art and Centre Georges Pompidou, among others.
Seguí’s work is influenced by artists like Fernand Leger and Diego Rivera. Generally has a satirical sense of humor, critiquing society and human nature.Beyond this, Seguí’s art has lyric components that transcends his satirical intentions.
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.