Juan Alfonso Chiozza
(Isla Maciel, Buenos Aires, 1899 - ?)
La Boca Artists
Juan Alfonso Chiozza
Dr. Juan Alfonso Chiozza was born in Isla Maciel in 1899, on the other side of La Boca, at the center of the curve that the Riachuelo forms when nearing the estuary.
He is grand-nephew of the sculptor and decorator Francisco Parodi and grandson of Lorenzo Parodi.
A painter and a dentist, he takes classes in 1914 at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, where he studies under maestros Pío Collivadino, Antonio Alice and Carlos Ripamonte. He is one of the members of the El Bermellón group that meet in La Boca between 1919 and 1923 approximately. Towards 1924, he finishes his studies and concentrates on expressing the surrounding nature through his pictures: the Riachuelo with its boats “[...] between open skies where the weaving smoke streams fly up and above the chimneys [...]”. With this phrase Antonio Bucich recaptures in 1957 moments of a dialogue with Chiozza, where they also get stimulus from the paintings of Fader and Quirós to fuel their work; the affection for Quinquela Martín and his constant vision of the “freshness of the Boquense landscape, the nature of Isle of Maciel and the foggy distances of the Riachuelo”.
His work can be found at the Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca “Benito Quinquela Martín”.