Fernando Maza

I was born in Buenos Aires in 1936. Art activity came naturally to me, beginning at an early age. At first I studied informally and learned from people I knew and objects and scenes that I saw. At thirteen, I began to visit the studio of an old fashioned painter once a week (for him, art had stopped with Van Gogh); He ushered me into the techniques of drawing and painting.
At the age of twenty, I was commissioned to do some illustrations for a weekly magazine, and became determined to paint full time and to become a “modern artist.” In 1959 I joined a group of young abstract painters “los informalistas”, who were dedicated to lyrical abstraction (in the mood of Tapies, Millares, and Burri, for instance). We wrote manifestos, made noisy statements and exhibited our works. That year I had two solo exhibitions and sold some of my work. By 1962, my abstract paintings were becoming simpler, almost monochromatic, dark, almost black, inscribed loosely in an axial symmetry. In October of that year I went to Europe for the first time, it was during that painful period of skin changing that the way I now paint began to appear. Remembering my grandfather’s architectural studio and my uncle’s blueprints, the drafting materials there. All that, laced with a hint of self-mockery, led me to establish formal relations between typography and the facades of buildings. Deia was my summer residence for many years.