Carletti, Alicia – Argentina

1946-2017 | Latin American Art


She was born in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, in 1949. A painter and engraver, Carletti studied at the School of Visual Arts and at the Prilidiano Pueyrredón National School of Fine Arts, where she obtained the title of National Professor of Painting in 1969.


Her work is structured in series, with her artistic ideas grouped around themes that she represents almost obsessively. From the start, therefore, we see how her depictions of lonely, empty houses, huge and frightening mushrooms, even little girls dressed in women’s clothes and accessories that, over time, were to share the limelight with landscapes based on flowers and toys, follow one another.

Considered one of the greatest representatives of magical realism, Carletti plays with ambiguity. In her works, flowers can be beautiful, but they also suffocate us; innocent toys become menacing; she does all this just by alternating the proportions. She changes the way of depicting reality, incorporating unusual perspectives that present us with that magical “other reality”, like something out of a story book.

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