Eduardo Stupía

Eduardo Stupía, born in Buenos Aires in 1951, is a highly regarded painter and draughtsman. He studied at the Manuel Belgrano School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, and since 1984 has been a qualified teacher of plastic arts. He has served as a judge in several local and national awards. He has been honored, among others, with the two most important argentine awards in visual arts: the Great Prize of the National Hall of Plastic Arts (2007) and the Great Prize of the City Hall, both in the Drawing section.
 In 2012 he was invited by the curator, Luis Pérez-Oramas, to participate at the 30th São Paulo Bienal, “The Imminence of Poetics”. Where he presented over 70 works amongst drawings and paintings. He was assigned with a large and special space, where he presented a wide selection of his works of the last two decades.

In 2007 MoMA showed one of the four works that the Museum bought by Stupía in an exhibition titled: “New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930 – 2006”. In her article about the exhibition published in the New York Times Roberta Smith highlighted the quality of Stupía´s draughtsmanship.

With the Jorge Mara-La Ruche has participated in the arteBa fair (2004-2018, Buenos Aires), Pinta Art Fair (2008, New York), Art Basel Miami Beach (2011- 2018), Art Basel fairs Hong Kong (2013- 2014) and ARCO (2009-2019 Madrid).
He has HeHeexhibited locally and internationally in-group and solo exhibitions since 1973. Among others: at the Jorge Mara La Ruche Gallery, Buenos Aires; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; del Infinito Gallery, Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires; Dan Gallery, Sao Paulo; Xippas Contemporary Art, Punta del Este and Paris.

His work includes, amongst other private collections, that of the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (Malba), the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires (MNBA), Museum of Contemporary Art in Rosario (MACRO), Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Caraffa Museum, Córdoba; Eduardo Sivori Museum, Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art in Neuquén; Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art in New York(MOMA) and the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), Valencia, Museo Colección Fortabat, Buenos Aires.

Eduardo Stupía ́s drawings reflect the complex expression of visual arts at a poetic, linguistic, and symbolic level. His works speak of the passage of the line, expanding simultaneously in space and time. Stupía almost exclusively works in black and white and draws on a diverse range of tools and techniques, which then coexist on the same canvas. The artist is partial to many media, including pencil, charcoal, acrylics, graphite, watercolors, and ink. By combining these media in a seemingly random manner, he creates a composition that is both chaotic and harmonious. These canvases are structured around miniscule drawings, which evoke forms that appear to be abstract from a certain distance. However, when the spectator approaches them, he is able to distinguish tiny people, monsters, castles, landscapes, and much more. Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, the artist gradually creates his own universe.

Eduardo Stupía said about his work: “The strained coexistence of diverse materials on the surface of the canvas generates physical as well as visual contrasts. Consequently, it alters the effects of perspective, space, texture, framework, and atmosphere, in a similar manner as the repetition of particular scenes or narratives, which appear and disappear in harmony with the extreme counterpoint between the contrasts.”