Fernando Maza

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1936 | Nongent-sur-Marne, France, 2017

From 1949 to 1953 he frequented Raúl Podesta’s workshop, and from 1957 he dedicated himself exclusively to painting. In 1959 joined “Los Informalistas”, a group of Argentine abstract artists made up of Mario Pucciarelli, Luis Alberto Wells and Alberto Greco, Clorindo Testa, Kenneth Kemble, Silvia Torras, Noemí Di Benedetto and Kasuya Sakai, Olga Lopez, Enrique Barilari and Jorge Roiger. In 1960 he traveled to New York, which was a great shock for him and and he would later be greatly inspired by his work. The same year he received a scholarship from the Pan American Union and in 1971 another from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 1965 he obtained honorable mention at the VIII Sao Paulo Biennial. He was invited to the 36th Venice Biennale, and in 1978 he moved to Paris. In 1984, Maza received the National Painting Prize of Argentina, in 1985 he won the prestigious Palanza Prize awarded by the National Academy of Fine Arts and in 1987 he was awarded the Grand Prize of Honor from the same National Hall. Ten years later , the Fortabat Foundation in Paris awarded him first prize for painting, ex æquo with the sculptor Jack Vanarsky.

He died in Nogent-sur-Marne, a town near Paris, on January 16 2017, at the age of 79.