Luis Frangella was born in Buenos Aires and began painting in the mid-'70s during a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Frangella worked regularly in both painting and sculpture, and felt comfortable straddling both worlds or combining them, as in a 1984 series he showed in the East Village, consisting of expressionistic paintings executed on old car doors. Frangella's work was confident and powerfully executed, yet its robustness didn't overcome its delicacy. He moved to New York City in 1976 and by the early '80s he was helping to organize exhibitions at Limbo, an artist's after-hours club known for art shows and film screenings. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982. He went on to have two shows at the Julian Pretto Gallery in SoHo and he exhibited regularly in galleries throughout Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Madrid. He died at age 46.

"When something needs to be painted it lets me know." - Luis Frangella

photo courtesy of Marion Scemama
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