Monday, August 23, 2010

(Social) Realism: Paraguay Art

Edith Jiménez (1918-2004)

Edith Jiménez was born in Asunción in 1918, to Eulogio Jiménez and de Silvia González. She began her painting studies with the teacher Jaime Bestard in 1943. This exponent of the painting in his country taught her the use of composition and colour which she will later use in her paintings. In 1952 she had her first individual painting exposition in the Agustin Barrios Gallery in the “Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano”. A year later she was nominated the official representative in painting in the second Biennial in Sao Paulo and participated in the organized sample of the historic revolutionary group of Paraguayan plastic “Arte Nuevo” in Palma Street, in the centre of Asuncion. She evolved with her artistic production and continued with the presentations of her works to the audience participating in numerous collective samples in Asuncion, San Paulo, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Montevideo and in country sides of Paraguay.

In 1956 she began her engraved studies in the Brazilian Cultural Mission with the teacher Livio Abramo. In 1958 she received a scholarship from Brazil government to study engraving in San Paulo, in the Modern Art Museum and in the “Gravura” studio, always under de directions of Livio Abramo. It was only a one year scholarship but it extended to three. In 1959 she had expositions in San Paulo and Asuncion.

Olga Blinder (1921-2008)
Olga Blinder (1921, Asuncion- 19 July 2008), was a Paraguayan painter, engraver and sculptor. She lived through the War of the Chaco, World War II, the Revolution of 1947 and Paraguay’s coup d'etats in 1954 and 1989. Painter, sketcher and engraver, she was a licensed professor who has taught arts and creative education for over 30 years. She has also published numerous books and articles on education and art. She began displaying her work in Paraguay in 1950 and began exhibiting abroad in 1953. In 1954 she helped co-found the Grupo Arte Nuevo in Asuncion.

She is the former director of the Escolinha de Arte of Paraguay in the Brazilian Cultural Mission and of the Instituto de Arte (ISA) of the National University of Asuncion. She was also an advisor to the Ministry of Education for the development of textbooks. She has been recognized by the League of Women’s Rights, decorated by the Brazilian Government, and received the Integración Latinoamericana award from the Ministry of Culture and Education of Argentina.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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