Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt

1919 - 1995

Artist biography

Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt was a visual artist, Born in 1919, Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt passed away in 1995. Artists Hans Heinrich Adam, Juan Barjola, Peter Iquallu Angutikirq, Pierre Soulages, and Adriano Alberti are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt

Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt was born in 1919 and was primarily influenced by the 1930s growing up. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a stealthy bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt

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