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RAUL SOLDI

Raúl Soldi was born into an artistic family in Buenos Aires in 1905, his father was a cellist and his eldest sister studied piano and song. He began his studies at the National Academy of Beautiful Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina then travelled to Europe in 1921. He stayed in Germany until 1923 then moved to Italy to continue his studies, enrolling in the Real Academy of Brera (Milan) where he remained until 1932. Whilst in Italy, he became involved with groups of vanguard artists.

In 1932, he returned to Argentina and continued to produce oils, watercolors, inks, drawings, lithographies and monocopies.

In 1933, he began to work as cinematographic theatrical designer for national films and continued this work for fifteen years.

In 1941, he was granted a scholarship by the National Commission of Culture and travelled to Hollywood in the United States.

In 1966, he redecorated the Cupola of the Theater Columbus of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1968, he travelled to Israel, to paint a fresco in the Basilica of the Anuncición, in Nazareth, a mural inspired by the miracle of the Virgin of Luján.

In 1971, he created a mosaic of the Church of San Farm Isidro.

In 1973, his work Santa Ana and the Virgin is included in the Gallery of Sacred Art at the Vatican.

In 1979, his mural Santa Fiorentina is incorporated in the Cathedral of the city of Bell, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1989, he created the mosaic Camerata Bariloche, for the Museum of the Park of Portofino, Italy.

During his lifetime, Soldi received numerous awards, including:

1933: First Prize at the Conjuntoen XIX the Hall Watercolorists of Buenos Aires and a Silver Medal in the International Exposition of San Francisco.

1936: Gold Medal in the Hall Rosary, Santa Fe.

1937: Prizes at the International Exhibition of Paris and the XXIVth Hall Watercolorists of Buenos Aires.

1942: Figures gains Third Prize in the National Hall.

1943: Prizes in the Biennial of San Pabloy in the National Hall Artists Decorators (Gold medal Argentina).

1944: Dancing Young Person gains the Sívori Prize granted by the National Hall.

1947: First Prize in the National Hall.

1948: First Prize of the Biennial of San Pablo.

1949: Woman combing to her daughter gains the Great Prize of Honor in the National Hall.

1952: The Palanza Prize of the National Academy of Beautiful Arts, of which he was member.

1960: Mention of Honor in II the Biennial of Mexico.

1985: Declared 'illustrious citizen' of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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