Luis Alberto Solari

Luis Alberto Solari

He was born in Fray Bentos on 17 October 1918. He died on October 13, 1993. He was a painter, engraver and teacher.

He studied decorative painting at the University of Work, and drawing and painting at the Fine Arts. He taught drawing in high school and the National Council of Secondary Education entrusted him to go to courses in Etchinga  l’Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. He studied at the Pratt Graphic Center and the New York Graphics Workshop, New York. He exhibited in Chile, Argentina, Cali, Florence, Krakow, Ljubljana, Vienna, Japan. His relationship with the carnival was very strong. In 1975 he made Carroza for a carnival (etching, coloured by hand).

Solari’s main  issues are masquerades, everyday scenes featuring anthropomorphic human figures with animal masks. So all his work is enshrined in illustrating characters from the popular fable, integrating stories, legends and beliefs that awake  tenderness, horror or surprise.

Often these beings talk, debate and discuss wear clothings that reveal an American social reality.


Luis Solari studied decorative painting in Uruguay at the “Universidad del Trabajo” with Professor Guillermo Laborde,  between 1934 and 1937; he also deepened his  knowledge of drawing and painting at the “Círculo de Bellas Artes”. He worked as a teacher of Drawing in Secondary Education since 1939.

From  1967 to 1969 she studied  at the “Pratt Graphic Center” and the “New York Graphics Workshop”, in New York. He travelled to Europe and the US, where he lived until 1989.

Solari main topics are masquerades, everyday scenes featuring anthropomorphic human figures with animal masks. So, all his work is associated with characters from the fairy tales, integrated with popular stories, legends and beliefs that generate feelings going from tenderness to horror and surprise. These characters often talk, debate and wear costumes recalling  a Latin American magical-realist vision. Solari engraving “Barca de no sé” inspired the allegoric wagon of Carnival 2008, having the same name. The Uruguayan Carnival Museum would honor national painters who had worked on the theme of carnival. This initiative involved artists like e Solari, Pedro Figari, Carlos Paez Vilaró and others. The intention was to let the public appreciate the work of these artists.

Selected Images