Miguel Diomede
(Buenos Aires, 1902 - 1974)
La Boca Artists
A panorama of the 20th Century
Miguel Diomede
Miguel Diomede was born in La Boca, on July 20, 1902. A self made artist, he turns to the fine arts in 1924.
In 1929 he holds his first individual exhibits at the Mutualidad de Estudiantes y Egresados de Bellas Artes (MEEBA) –an institution founded on May 6, 1917– and at the Ateneo Popular de La Boca.
In 1936, he received the First Award at the Salón de Artistas Noveles de la Boca for his work Cabeza de Mujer (Head of a woman) and that same year, he is also awarded the Honor Prize from the Consejo Deliberante and the Gold Medal from the Crítica newspaper. He is awarded on two occasions the Premio Estímulo del Salón Nacional (1944 and 1948). He is also invited on three occasions to take part in the Premio Palanza (1946, 1951 and 1957).
In 1952, he takes part in the collective exhibit of Argentine artists at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1954 he travels to Italy and upon his return he holds an individual exhibit at Galería Bonino.
In 1957, he is awarded the First Prize at the Premio Adquisición for his work Renata at the XXII Salón de Arte de La Plata and the Second Prize at the Salón de Mar del Plata. He exhibits at the Bienal de San Pablo. In August of that year, he makes up the exhibit of 4 Artistas Autodidactos, Diomede - Martínez Pintos - Menghi and Rosso, at the Salas de Artes Plásticas at the Dirección General de Cultura in La Plata.
In 1958, he is awarded the Gold Medal at the Exposición in Brussels and holds a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The following year he holds an exhibition in Washington titled: Miguel Diomede of Argentina, paintings.
In 1963, the book Miguel Diomede is edited, written by Elena Poggi.
In 1969, he takes part in the Panorama de la Pintura Argentina I at the Lorenzutti Foundation and holds an individual exhibit at Galería Bonino. Towards 1971, he takes part in the Siete pintores Boquenses exhibition, organized by Galería Feldman. In 1973, he is appointed a numbered member of the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes and takes part in the Muestra de Pintura Argentina Contemporánea at the Congreso Odontológico Argentino-Brasileño-Uruguayo, together with Raúl Russo and Raúl Soldi.
Diomede dies in Buenos Aires, on October 15, 1974, a little after the closing of this retrospective exhibition at Galería Lorenzutti, Artes y Antigüedades S.A. (LAASA), in Buenos Aires. Among his post mortem exhibits organized in his honor we can point out: Fundación San Telmo in 1981; Museo de Artes Plásticas "Eduardo Sívori" in 1988 and at Centro Cultural Recoleta in 2001.
His work can be found at the following museums: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo Municipal de Artes Plásticas “Eduardo Sívori” and Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca de Buenos Aires and the provincial museums of Bellas Artes in La Plata, Santa Fe and Córdoba. We can also find his work in local and international private collections.