Painting and Tango: Argentinian artist Raquel Partnoy

Video by Argentinian artist Anibal Nazzaro

In her early 20s, Raquel Partnoy studied painting in Buenos Aires with Argentinean painter and muralist Demetrio Urruchúa. Inspired by his humanism, Partnoy developed a series of paintings that reflects both her heritage and life’s experiences.

In 1976, a military coup seized power in Argentina, bringing in its wake seven years of cruel dictatorship. During this era of horror, 30,000 Argentinean citizen “disappeared” most of them eventually were massacred by the government. Partnoy created Life Experiences. “Blindfolded” is part of this series of paintings.

After arriving in the United States, Partnoy visited the Holocaust Museum and recognized the similarities between the Argentinean devastations and the genocide of the Holocaust. Her exposure to testimonies of Holocaust and Argentina survivors compelled her to paint her series Surviving Genocide.

Raquel Partnoy has also created a gallery of portraits about those extraordinary women who silenced their own aspirations, spending their quiet, still lives giving moral and physical support to their male partners, famous artists. The name of this Series is: Women Still Lives.


In 1994, when Partnoy visited the Jewish Museum in New York for the first time, she became impressed by the images and the rich textures of the ancient religious objects. It was then that she thought that she would need a different material than oil painting to portrait the life of the Jewish people and the stories of the women of the Bible. She chose fabrics to create the collages, more specifically, discarded fabrics she found at some upholstery stores and at dressmakers shops, to tell those stories about dreams, exile, and hopes.



By portraying the landscape of terror of Argentina, Partnoy tells about the dramatic situation during the dictatorship in her country  between 1976 and 1983, when 30,000 people were killed by the military.


Debate: Grigorescu versus Renoir, by Yareah Magazine at Espacio Niram, Madrid

The Spanish cultural magazine Yareah organizes the debate “Grigorescu versus Renoir”, July 31st 2009, Espacio Niram, Madrid.

Yareah presents: Grigorescu versus Renoir, Espacio Niram, Madrid

Yareah presents: Grigorescu versus Renoir, Espacio Niram, Madrid

With the participation of:

Isabel del Río and Martín Cid (Yareah)

Jaime Hernández de la Torre and Romeo Niram (artists)

Painting Exhibition by Isabel del Rio at Espacio Niram, Madrid

Exposición de pintura de Isabel del Río en Espacio Niram

Exposición de pintura de Isabel del Río en Espacio Niram

Opening: July 31st 2009, at 9 p.m.  Espacio Niram, Madrid

The Romanian great poet, Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889), finished his days in a hospital. He had psychological problems, perhaps a depression, and doctors injected him mercury. In that romantic and extreme atmosphere, the phantoms of other previous or future writers: Cervantes, Joyce, Borges, Calderón, Holderlin or the mystic nun Teresa de Jesús enter in their nightmares to built or destroy his life, a life which belonged to Art and Literature.

“Mihai Eminescu’s Seven Sins” is a poetic and plastic novel which inspires Isabel del Rio several paintings that everybody can see these days (August/2009) in Madrid, Espacio Niram (C/Independencia, 2).

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The Spanish writer Martín Cid is an authority in Romanian culture, there is not doubt. Last 18th of July/2009, he spoke

with the philosopher Héctor Martínez Sanz about literary avant-gardes: Joyce, Tzara,Apollinaire, Ionesco. Four fantastic authors who lived in a creative time, in an innovative moment…, in the half part of the 20th century.
That day, Apollinaire was called “the cubist of the words” while the Romanian Tristan Tzara and his “automatic writing” helped both authors to improvise Dadaist poems.
James Joyce was honoured as he deserves but, above all, they studied in depth Ionesco. An essential figure to understand the contemporary theatre and, what is more, the contemporary life and thoughts: “all is absurd”.
At the end of the gathering which took place in The Espacio Niram (c/Independencia, 2- Madrid), Martín Cid promised to Georgiana Stroie, journalist of the Romanian newspaper “Adevarul”, to continue speaking of Romanian culture and authors (see: and, fortunately, we do not need to wait very much: yesterday (24/07), a new gathering about Brancusi was celebrated (
This time, other three authors accompanied Martín Cid and Héctor Martínez Sanz: Isabel del Río, Jaime Hernández de la Torre and Fabianni Belemuski.
They compared Brancusi’s works with the sculptures of Picasso: Romanian and Spanish Art face to face.
Brancusi was the master of the stone, a stone that he turned into air, a solid heavy material that he converted in transparent spirit… the spirit of his land and myths: Maiastra (bird) or Axis Mundi (endless column) while Picasso represents the dramatic changes and seeks of our contemporary world.
The gathering was extraordinary; Martín Cid speaks about Mircea Eliade’s study of Brancusi. Mircea Eliade is a Romanian philosopher of religions that he knows in depth too. We hope that Martín Cid and his cultural magazine, Yareah, organizes another meeting to explain Eliade’s work soon.