October 1, 2014
Argentine sculptor Enio Iommi dies at 87
Famous Argentine sculptor Enio Iommi died at 87. A traditional memorial service will be held today at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires City.
A Concrete Art representative, Enio Iommi was born in the city of Rosario, in the province of Santa Fe, in 1926, spreading a far-reaching work including engraving, relief, modelling clay, plaster cast and waxworks among other creations.
By midst 40’s, he produced his first Concrete Art work founding the Association of Concrete Art-Invention in 1946 when he signed the Inventive Manifesto together with his brother Claudio Girola, Lidy Prati, Tomás Maldonado, Raúl Lozza, Manuel Espinosa, Edgar Bayley, Alfredo Hlito, Oscar Núñez and Jorge Souza among others.
Enio Iommi became part of Argentina’s so called Modern Artists and member of the Art National Institute. In 1958, he exhibited his works at the Brussels’ International Exposition and represented the South American country at the II Concrete Art International Exposition in 1960 that took place in Zurich.
Many of his works are located at public and private sites both here and abroad: the Buenos Aires City Sheraton Hotel, the Sculptures Prado of Baconao Park in La Habana, the Aji Park in the Island of Shikoku in Japan or the Marinha Park in Porto Alegre, Brazil offer only some of his remarkable artistic pieces.
“The important (thing) for the artist is to leave something to mankind,” Iommi said at the 2008 ArteBA exhibition where colleagues paid tribute to his legacy.