Mac Entyre, Eduardo (1929–)

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Mac Entyre, Eduardo (1929–)

Eduardo Mac Entyre (b. 20 February 1929), Argentine artist. A self-taught painter, Mac Entyre was born in Buenos Aires, where he still lives.

In 1959 Mac Entyre, with Ignacio Pirovano and Miguel Angel Vidal, founded a movement called Generative Art, which they defined as "engendering a series of optical sequences which are produced by the evolving of a given form." Mac Entyre uses geometrically precise sequences of exquisitely colored lines that give the canvas a magical effect of depth and appear to generate their own movement as they glide or whirl through space. In liberating his paintings from a static state, he achieved an important goal of twentieth-century avant-garde artists.

A pillar of geometric art in Argentina, Mac Entyre still adheres to the same principles while creating a tremendous variety of forms of his poetic geometry. In 1986 the Organization of American States and the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America honored Mac Entyre for his contribution to the development of the modern art of the Americas. In 1992, he won the first prize at the first annual Bienal de pintura espíritu de Grécia, and in 1996 he won first prize in the Argentinian Maria Calderón de la Barca competition. In 2001, the Vatican Academy of Sciences awarded him the Cristo de Luz prize. His son Christian Mac Entyre is also a well-known artist.

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Centuryxml .


Samuel Paz, "Los diez Últimos años de pintura y escultura argentina, 1950–1960," in 150 años de arte argentino (Buenos Aires, 1961).

Rafael F. Squirru, Eduardo Mac Entyre (1981); Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America (Washington, D.C., 1985); Mac Entyre (Buenos Aires, 1993).

Additional Bibliography

Heine, Ernesto. Antonio Berni, Virginia Jones, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Francisco Matto, Manuel Pailos, y Nelson Ramos. Montevideo, Uruguay: s.n., 1986.

Mac Entyre, Eduardo. Eduardo Mac Entyre: Arte negro africano: Colección Campomar. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Galería Arroyo, 2001.

                                   Ida Ely Rubin