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Artwork by Benito Quinquela Martin

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About the Artist

Benito Quinquela Martin was born in 1890 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Abandoned by his parents, he lived in an orphanage until he was adopted at age six. He started working at a coal-yard at age 14, while taking drawing classes in the evening in La Boca. Quinquela Martin began exhibiting his art in 1918 and in 1920 he was awarded second prize at the Salon Nacional. His artwork realistically portrays life in the area of La Boca. During his career he had exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Paris, New York and Havana.