Biography

Born in Buenos Aires, Lizárraga began his studies in 1946 at the Universidad Polytécnica de Madrid. Through most of the decade of the 1950s, he traveled through Europe and northern Africa, making work in diverse media. In 1959, he moved to São Paulo, where he began working as an illustrator of the literary supplement for the journal O Estado de São Paulo. During the nine years of his work there, Lizárraga was also deeply engaged in graphic design projects for books and industrial objects. He participated in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th São Paulo bienals (1967, 1969, 1971, and 1973). And, in 1979, he participated as a founding member of the Cooperative dos Artistas Plásticos de São Paulo, and his design work was shown in the exhibition O Desenho como Instrumento in the Pinacoteca do Estado. In the 1980s, Lizárraga's artistic process changed dramatically, a result of health complications. He began working closely with an assistant, who became a kind of physical extension of the artist's thought process. In 1993, the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo held a solo exhibition of his paintings.

Throughout his career, Lizárraga looked to the shared implications of design, geometric painting, and poetry. His works in diverse mediums demonstrate the simple elegance of forms, as they create balance within a composition. Although his contributions to art and design history are well known in Brazil, this exhibition marks an exciting introduction for collectors and institutions. 

Lizárraga's works are included in the collections: Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin, São Paulo, Brazil; Fundação Padre Anchieta, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Universidade de São Paulo (MAC/USP), Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil; and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, among others.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016

Antonio Lizárraga: Balance of Duality - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas

2006

Geografia da linha - Antonio Lizárraga - Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo

2003

Antonio Lizárraga: Pintura, Valu Ória Galeria de Arte, São Paulo, Brazil

2000

Antonio Lizárraga: Desenhos, MAM / Higienópolis, São Paulo, Brazil

1999

Antonio Lizárraga: Desenhos, Galeria Valu Ória, São Paulo, Brazil

1998

Antonio Lizárraga: Caixas de Cor, Arte Palavra, Livraria Vozes, São Paulo, Brazil

1996

Desenhando a Cor, Galeria Valu Ória, São Paulo, Brazil

1994

Frágil sobre Frágil, Galeria Mônica Filgueiras, São Paulo, Brazil

1993

Pinturas, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1992

Acordacor, Galeria Montessanti, São Paulo, Brazil

1991

Perpendiculares da Cor, Galeria Milan, São Paulo, Brazil

1989

Lizárraga, Mira Schendel Room, Galeria Letraviva, São Paulo, Brazil

1988

Formas: pinturas e relevos, Galeria Paulo Vasconcellos, São Paulo, Brazil

1986

Galeria Paulo Figueiredo, São Paulo, Brazil

1985

Lizárraga/Presente Retrospective and release of the book “Anatomia do Gol”, na Galeria Humberto Tecidos, São Paulo, Brazil

1984

Gravuras, Individual na Galeria Mônica Filgueiras, São Paulo, Brazil

1980

Desenhos, Sede da Cooperativa dos Artistas Plásticos de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1962

Desenhos, Galeria Selearte, São Paulo, Brazil

1960

Gundemaro Lizárraga: Desenhos, Galeria de Arte São Luís, São Paulo, Brazil

Selected Public Collections

Biblioteca Braziliana Guita e José Mindlin, São Paulo, Brazil

Fundação Padre Anchieta, São Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Universidade de São Paulo (MAC/USP), Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil