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Raquel Forner (April 22, 1902 – June 10, 1988) was an Argentine painter known for her expressionist works.


Forner was born in Buenos Aires in 1902.[1][2] Her father was Spanish by nationality and her mother was an Argentine of Spanish descent.[1] As a result of frequent family travel to Europe Forner spent part of her childhood in Spain, and later developed an artistic interest in the Spanish Civil War.[1]

Forner completed studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts (today part of the National University Art Institute) in Buenos Aires in 1923.[3] A year before graduation she received an appointment to teach drawing at the same academy.[1] In 1924 she received a third place award from the Argentine National Salon of Fine arts, and in 1928 she had her first solo exhibition in Buenos Aires.[1] Afterward she relocated to Paris and studied with Othon Friesz.[3]

In 1936 she married Argentine sculptor Alfredo Bigatti.

Artistic themes[edit]

Forner's work demonstrated an interest in current events, and from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 this took a dramatic and tragic tone.[3] She borrowed ideas from surrealism during the 1940s, adapting its esthetic of distortion without seeking to reproduce a dream state.[1] In 1942 she took first place at the Argentine National Salon competition.[1] During the 1940s through most of the 1950s she produced several series on similar tragic themes in a primarily expressionist mode.[3] Forner often portrayed strong female figures, but not as specific explorations into gender norms.[1]

Beginning in 1957, coinciding with the space race, Forner's attention turned to imagined scenes of interplanetary travel.[1][3] With her Space Series, which exhibited in Europe and earned recognition, she became one of the earliest fine artists to portray scenes of outer space.[1] This period is characterized by a more vibrant use of color and a personal cosmic mythology of her own creation.[3] Forner's artistic portrayals of space travel continued until the 1970s.[2] The United States National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has several examples of her late period work in its collection.[2]

Her work was exhibited widely throughout Argentina, and she was given two Konex Awards (the highest in the Argentine cultural realm) in 1982. Forner died in Buenos Aires in 1988. That year, the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art organized a retrospective in her honor.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kristin G. Congdon and Kara Kelley Hallmark (2002). Artists from Latin American Cultures: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. pp. 78–80. ISBN 978-0-313-31544-2. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b c David William Foster, Melissa Fitch Lockhart, Darrell B. Lockhart (199). Culture and customs of Argentina. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-0-313-30319-7. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jane Turner, ed. (2000). Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art. Macmillan Reference Limited. p. 278. 
  4. ^ Fundación Konex: Raquel Forner (Spanish)

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Press Herald
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 01:12:12 -0700

Another Argentine, Luis Fernando Benedit (1937-2011) impresses with construction drawings for portable animal habitats, but transcends even himself with designs for a clockwork fish (a roughy?). You may have seen Raquel Forner's (Argentine, 1902-1988) ...


Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:04:55 -0700

This is sci-fi-themed art painted on a deeply symbolic canvas: impressionistic, post-modern, surreal, experimental. As such, artists like Rufino Tamayo (Mexico), Roberto Matta (Chile), Raquel Forner (Argentina) and dozens more demonstrate the sort of ...

lanacion.com (Argentina)

lanacion.com (Argentina)
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:26:15 -0700

Consiguió un barco, el Yapeyú, la colaboración de muchos artistas y algunos patrocinios y realizó la Primera Exposición Flotante de Cincuenta Pintores Argentinos (de Antonio Berni a Raquel Forner, pasando por Clorindo Testa), que recorrió 22 ciudades: ...

lanacion.com (Argentina)

lanacion.com (Argentina)
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:48:45 -0700

En 2012, Interpol recuperó 19 obras de artistas como Benito Quinquela Martín, Marta Minujín, Raúl Soldi y Raquel Forner, que habían sido robados en una casa del barrio porteño de Villa del Parque. Cada uno de esos originales está valuado entre 15.000 y ...


Thu, 21 May 2015 07:35:38 -0700

Raquel Forner y Alfredo Bigatti, en una muestra del CFI / La Razon / En las Salas Federales del Consejo Federal de Inversiones (CFI) −San Martín 857− se encuentra abierta al público, en el horario de 12 a 19 hasta el 29 de mayo y con entrada libre y ...
Terra Argentina
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Nuevamente, "Raquel Forner" y su vínculo con Miramar", será la guía de las obras como homenaje a esta reconocida pintora y escultora argentina de trascendencia internacional, residente frecuente de esta localidad balnearia. Noticias Argentinas. compartir.
Diario La Arena
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:07:30 -0700

20.00: Muestra Contemporánea: día de artistas nacionales, proyección de videos. Luis Felipe Noé, Raquel Forner y Carlos Alonso. Museo Provincial de Artes -9 de Julio y Villegas-. Gratuito. 21.00: Función de la obra "La Decisión", con la actuación de ...

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Página 12 (Registro)
Sun, 31 May 2015 14:00:00 -0700

Por ejemplo Raquel Forner o Victor Grippo, hay algo de lo humano y existencial que me gusta mucho en ellos. De Lucio Fontana me gusta su radicalidad y sus pinturas en relación a sus cerámicas, dos lenguajes en apariencia contrapuestos , esa tensión ...

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