Alfredo Bigatti

Born in Buenos Aires on the 19th of July, 1898

A highly productive Painter and Sculptor, he won countless prizes and created numerous works of unmatched quality.

1909-1914 Studies drawing and modeling at Unione e Benevolenza, the "Salvator Rosa" Academy of Tobías Palese and the Society Stimulus of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. 1915-1918 Carries out studies at the National School of Fine Arts (Academy), from which he graduates with a teacher’s degree.

1920 First presentation at the National Salon, where his statue "Her" obtains Third Prize of Sculpture. 1922 Second presentation at the National Salon. He is awarded a Second National Prize and a Municipal Prize for his work "Struggle". Other works of that same year are "My friend J.G". and "Man’s Head".

1923 First trip to Europe. Studies with Antoine Bourdelle at "La Grande Chaumière" in Paris. Trips to England and Italy and tours around France.

1924 Returns from Europe. Contacts the "Martín Fierro" group. His sculpture "Alpha" obtains a Second Municipal Prize. 1925 Executes "Funeral Relief", "Resigned", "Serene Fountain” (First Municipal Prize), "Rebel", "Old Man’s Head" (First Mention at the Autumn Salon of La Plata, (Buenos Aires Province), First Prize and acquisition for the Buenos Aires Province Museum at the Third Salon of the Fine Arts Circle of La Plata (Buenos Aires Province). "Summer Song", relief placed in Concordia, (Entre Ríos Province).

1926 His bronze sculpture "Purity" wins the First National Prize and the Second Municipal Prize. He executes "Portrait of poet J. Fijman" and a funeral relief for his parents’ grave.

He relates with the painter Raquel Forner. 1927 He relates with Alfredo Guttero. "Portrait of Raquel Forner" in bronze.

1928 He is appointed drawing teacher at the National Industrial School and at the National Fine Arts School. He executes three bronze reliefs: "Grief", "Prayers" and "Alma Mater".

1929 Obtains the Great Municipal Prize of Sculpture at the XV Rosario Salon, Santa Fe Province, for his relief "Grief".

Second trip to Europe, where he visits France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Holland and England.

1930 On his return to Argentina he wins the First Prize for six works at the Watercolor, Pastel and Engraving Artist’s Salon. 1932 Together with Raquel Forner, Alfredo Guttero and Pedro Domínguez Neira he launches the "Free Courses of Plastic Arts " at a studio in the Barolo building, where he teaches drawing and sculpture. He executes the relief "Descent", in terracotta. 1934 "Portrait of Pedro Domínguez Neira", in bronze.

1935 He is awarded the Great National Prize of Sculpture at the XXV Plastic Arts National Salon for his work "Dawn", head carved in stone inspired by Raquel Forner. He executes two heads, "Small-town lady", bronze and "Woman’s head", carved directly on stone.

1936 Marries Raquel Forner. Executes "Homage to Fernando Fader" bronze plaque (placed in the School Nº 250, of Ischilín) and a relief for Alfredo Guttero’s grave. He participates with a maquette in the contest for the monument to Simón Bolívar, where he wins a third prize. He is appointed vice-president of the Argentine Society of Plastic Artists. In 1938 he participates with a project and comes out winner in the contest for the monument to Bartolomé Mitre. He builds his house in the San Telmo quarter.

1937 Wins the Great Prize of Sculpture at the Paris International Exhibition with his work "Woman’s Head", in stone. 1938 Actively works on the execution of the Monument to Bartolomé Mitre. 1939 He executes a maquette for the contest for the monument to J.B. Alberdi and a relief "Natural Treasures of Argentina", at the behest of the National Fine Arts Committee, for the national stand at the International Exhibition of New York. He executes the figures of the Monument to Bartolomé Mitre. 1940 Inauguration of the Monument to Bartolomé Mitre in La Plata, (Buenos Aires Province).

Preparatory works for the monument to Julio A. Roca in Choele Choel, (Rio Negro Province), in collaboration with the architects Eduardo Lanús, Enrique Lanús and Federico Woodgate.

First studies for the Monument to the Flag in collaboration with the sculptor José Fioravanti and the architects Bustillo and Guido, a work that will demand Bigatti’s full attention till 1952.

1941 Appointed president of the Argentine Society of Plastic Artists. The first monograph about Bigatti is published (Buenos Aires, Ediciones Plástica). 1942-1952 Works for the National Monument to the Flag, Rosario (Santa Fe Province). 1946 Project of the monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt.