Leon Ferrari was an Argentinean artist who was born in 1920 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he also passed away in 2013. He was one of the most significant Latin American artists who worked during the XX and XXI centuries. Known for the political content of his pieces, Ferrari was critical of his country government and the Church as institution. These positions attracted considerable attention during his lifetime, and the repercussions were extreme, including exile. He often suffered the censorship of his exhibitions; some of them were even closed after few days of the openings.
Ferrari also did a lyric works that explore the importance of language and calligraphy. A very experimental artist, he explored different media such as ceramic, sculpture, painting collage, even incorporated braille writing in some of his works.
In 2009, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York, organized a solo show of his work in conjunction with Mira Schendel. In 2014 the Museum also presented a solo show as homage to his life and work.
Among the many awards he received during his life we can mention the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007; El Gran premio de la Crítica por la Asociación Paulista de Críticos de Arte (Brazil), in 2006; and the Premio a las Artes Visuales and Premio a la Critica in 2005.
Ferrari’s work can be found as part of the collections of the most prestigious institutions worldwide, among those the Daros Latin American Collection, Zurich; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Colección Constantini; The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; The Museo de Arte Moderno de México, Mexico; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; The CIFO Collection, Miami, Florida and the Cisneros Collection, Caracas, Venezuela.