Juana Lumerman Roda
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(1905–1982, Buenos Aires, Argentina) was a visual artist who painted in both figurative and abstract styles. Lumerman graduated with a degree in painting in 1935 from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. Lumerman studied there with European trained teachers including Aquiles Badi, Emilio Centurion and Carlos Ripamonte.

In 1936, Lumerman won first prize in the VI Feminine Salon of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. In a 1993 essay, art historian Cesar Magrini evokes the period and describes Lumerman as "...a pioneer and an explorer of new paths.

By the early 1940s, Juana Lumerman was showing her painting in Buenos Aires with a mixed group of her accomplished peers. In 1941, The Museum of Art in Los Angeles invited several Argentine artists to represent their country in a US exhibition; the group included Lino Enea Spilimbergo ,Raquel Forner, Ramon Gomez Cornet, Antonio Berni, Emilio Pettoruti and Juana Lumerman.

In 1945, Juana Lumerman spent a year exhibiting, traveling and working in Brazil. Throughout Lumerman's career, dynamic images of carnival, soccer and tango were to serve as counterpoints to more statically structured, more metaphysical, cityscape and still life themes in her painting.

In 1948, Juana Lumerman traveled to Washington, DC for another invitational show and then toured the US. In 1950, the artist traveled to northern Argentina where much of Buenos Aires' intelligentsia had decamped in an attempt to avoid the constraints of Juan Peron’s visual aesthetic.

Despite her travels to Brazil and to Argentina's colorful northern provinces, Lumerman's palette tended to be cool and tonally somber. The artist typically painted easel-size works in oil on board or canvas using a loosely figurative style notable for its fluidity of line and skillful paint handling.

In a 1952 article the British fine art magazine "The Studio" names Juana Lumerman, Raquel Forner and Mane Bernardo as the three key women in Argentina's visual arts scene.

Juana Lumerman exhibited rarely in subsequent years, with notable exceptions being a solo show at the respected Van Riel Gallery in 1967 and a prestigious 1968 Salon Estimulo show with Argentine masters and contemporary artists including Carlos Alonso, Castagnino, Riganelli, Policastro, Carlos Ripamonte Berni and Soldi.

Juana Lumerman painted in her studio on Paraguay Street in downtown Buenos Aires until her death in 1982.

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Ronda, 20th Century Oil on Canvas (24 x 20 inches) (61 x 50.8 cm)
Juana Lumerman Roda
Juana Lumerman Roda

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