Pedro Figari was a Uruguayan painter, lawyer, writer, and politician at the turn of the 19th century. Despite an early interest in art, Figari spent most of his life practicing law and only devoted himself to painting in his 60s. While his early paintings were influenced by the Italian academy and the Post-Impressionist works he encountered as a young man in France, Figaro’s later work demonstrates a unique and personal style. He painted mostly from memory—depicting scenes from his childhood as well as local customs and myths. In doing so, Figaro became an influential figure in defining a distinct Latin American artistic culture.
The Expanding Universe of Hispanic Art
This article is part of our coverage of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Be on the lookout for featured artists and playlists on our art feed, as well as another article next week.
“My painting is not simply a way of painting. Rather, it is a way of seeing, thinking, feeling.”
In this series, Head of Curation Poppy Simpson presents one work from the Meural art library she finds essential. This week’s pick comes as part of our coverage of Hispanic Heritage Month.