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.