Rogelio Polesello: the Argentine ‘industrial artisan’

The bright colours and bold shapes of Argentine artist Rogelio Polesello fast-forwarded Latin American art into the 20th Century. A year after his death, he is remembered in a comprehensive retrospective at the MALBA in Buenos Aires.

Possessing a basic knowledge about the career of Argentine artist, Rogelio Polesello, already tells us a great deal about this artist’s work. Born in Buenos Aires in 1939, Polesello spent his formative years working as a graphic designer in the advertising industry. The art that he would later develop bears a strong resemblance to the forms of commercial advertising he would have been working on day-to-day.

His experience of commercial work is also evident in his openness to interdisciplinary creative work, pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally considered ‘art.’ His work at times verges on architectural form and design, as well as public art interventions.

Polesello graduated in 1958 from the Prilidiano Pueyrredón Fine Art School. A year later, he would have his first solo exhibition at the Peuser Gallery. He began to experiment with optic art, taking geometric paintings composed along Constructivist lines as his point of departure.

In his later work, the optical component of his work becomes stronger. In the most challenging of these, the optical effects overwhelm and break the image up to the point where it is barely recognisable.

Carry on reading about Rogelio Polesello, and see more images of his work, in the latest issue of The Kurios.

Photo: Rogelio Polesello. Wing. 1966 Colección MNBA. Photo courtesy of MALBA.