Graciela Hasper has been showing her art and teaching in Buenos Aires since 1989. Her education is typical of an Argentine artist. She apprenticed with Guillermo Kuitca and Diana Aisenberg as well as studied theory at various Argentine universities. Her first show in New York was in 1997.

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Although she does work in other media, Hasper is best known for her paintings. For Hasper, "Painting is the mother of all the visual arts." So if she works in photography, film or architechture it all has a reference to painting. The irony of her paintings is that they are about movement despite being static. "The eye is hit by color then follows a path within the painting." Another interesting facet of her work is that as she paints, she rotates the canvas in all four directions, making it possible to hang the finished product any which way.

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The process of making a painting often starts with a small watercolor study on paper, which is beautiful in its own right. Often you can read her thoughts through the various pencil marks and lines. Using acrylic paint, a protractor, ruler, and scissors, she fabricates a shape and uses it throughout a specific work.

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Major influences for Hasper include Russian Constructivism and the early 1940s geometry movement in South America. In addition, the prevailing harsh political climate in Argentina fostered her art making it strong yet devoid of controversial commentary.

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Hasper has received the Bellagio Rockefeller Award in Italy, a grant from the Donald Judd Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and a Fulbright Scholarship in 2000-2001.

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Availability of Work

Hasper works in several media. Her paintings range from small watercolors to large canvases. She has also created wall and floor murals and has painted glass ceilings. She makes about 15 large paintings a year and quite a few of the watercolor studies.

Pricing

In our opinion, Hasper's work is undervalued for a mid-career artist due to the weakness of her local currency and that her New York gallery (Annina Nosei) closed. Medium-sized paintings are $6500-$9,000 (5'x5') and large pieces (approximately 6'x8' and larger) are $12,000-$15,000. Small watercolors which are simply framed in a white box are $800-$1200 (including framing).

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