Juan Grela

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Born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, in 1914.

His masters were Antonio Berni, José Planas Casas and Gustavo Cochet.

Along his career he adhered himself to many artistic groups, among which are important to highlight: La Mutualidad de estudiantes y artistas plásticos de Rosario, a group strongly committed to the current social situation, origin of modernism in the city and first avant-garde, aesthetic and political manifestation; and Grupo Litoral, whose members cultivated different languages based on their individual artistic searches, defining a new modernistic and autochthonous tradition. He made several individual and collective exhibitions in different provinces of the country. He developed an important educational work in his house-workshop, which was home to more than one generation of artists.

Among the prizes he was given are: First Prize, Salón de Rosario (1941, 1942 and 1945); Acquisition Prize, Ministerio de Cultura, I Salón del Litoral (1942); Acquisition Prize, Intervención Nacional de la Provincia de Santa Fe, Salón Anual de Artistas Rosarinos (1944); Acquisition Prize, Cámara de Diputados de la Provincia, XXIV Salón Anual de Santa Fe (1948); Cecilia Grierson Prize, XXXVIII Salón Nacional de Buenos Aires (1948); Acquisition Prize Ministerio de Justicia, XLI Salón Nacional de Buenos Aires (1951); and Franz Van Riel Prize, XXXIX Salón Sociedad de Acuarelistas y Grabadores (1957). His work consists of an individual search which reflects on theme, shape and colour, in an attempt to find atonality.

There are three stages evidenced in his production: a realistic first moment, a constructivist second moment and a surrealistic third moment.

He died in Rosario, in 1992.

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