Alejandro Kuropatwa

(Buenos Aires, 1956-2003)

He studied painting with Jorge Dermijian and drawing with Oscar Smoje. In 1979 he traveled to New York to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology and in 1985 he obtained a Master of Fine Arts with a specialization in Photography from the Parsons School of Design. That same year he returned to Buenos Aires and began his professional career specializing in advertising photography and portraits of artists. He was responsible for the album cover art of Fito Paez, Charly García, Pedro Aznar, Virus, Los redonditos de ricota, among others.

He was distinguished with the Konex Prize in 1996 and in 2002, and the Leonardo Prize for Photography granted by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1996.

His work was exhibited inside and outside the country, and published in prestigious international magazines such as Art News and Harpers Bazaar. His solo exhibitions include: Obras en Blanco y Negro, Galería Ruth Benzacar (1993); ¿Dónde está Joan Collins? (1994) y Mi amor (1995), Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas; “Cóctel”, Galería Ruth Benzacar (1996); Familia, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas (1997); María Antonieta, Alianza Francesa (1998); Transatlántico, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno–Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, España , Cocktail hour: New imagery in the AIDS era, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, EE.UU. (1998), y Mujer, Galería Ruth Benzacar (2000). In 2002 he made his last exhibition, Manifiesto, an anthology composed of 120 photographs of all his career as an artist, in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 2005, two years after his death, Malba presented the exhibition Kuropatwa en technicolor .

Kuropatwa’s works are in the public collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson de San Juan, Museo Castagnino+MACRO Rosario, MNBA Neuquen, Coleccion Fortabat, Perez Art Museum Miami.