Martin Blaszko – Biography of Martin Blaszko

Martin Blaszko (Martín Blaszkowski) was born in Berlin in 1920. Since his family was Jewish, they moved to Poland in 1933 and then to France in 1938, where he met Marc Chagall. In 1939 he emigrated with his family to Buenos Aires.

He began his academic training in Europe with Jankel Adler and Enrique Barczinski. He experimented with different styles before finding his artistic path. “In 1945, I met Carmelo Arden Quin, the founder of the MADI group. The clarity, coldness and strict execution of his work impressed me deeply.“He once declared. From then on he would also be a member of the MADI movement.

In 1952 he was awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London for his project “Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner“exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London. In 1956 he represented Argentina at the XXVIII Venice Biennale and in 1958 he received the bronze medal at the Brussels International Fair. Through such prestigious exhibitions he was recognized as one of the sculptors most interesting and original from Argentina.

In 1990 he was part of the exhibition Latin American Artists of the 20th Century, organized by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. Two years later, in 2001, he held a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires (MAMbA). The sculptures displayed in these exhibitions are an excellent reflection of his personal style. Blaszko reflects the struggle of two antagonistic forces in the pure geometric forms of his sculptures. Somehow through tension and polarity he is able to achieve balance.

Blaszko He is known for his work as an author and as an artist. He was quite articulate in his writing and capable of raising awareness not only for his own art, but for the MADI movement as well. He died in Buenos Aires on August 9, 2011.