We named our hotel in Punta del Este after the acclaimed uruguayan artist Rafael Barradas (1890-1929). An innovative painter, Barradas’s distinct style captured the spirit and humanity of his subjects. When visiting our hotel in Punta del Este, be sure to look for Barradas’s paintings, which are prominently displayed alongside the work of other notable artists in our living room and lobby.
Uruguayan painter, son of Spaniards, self-taught. Despite his short life (39 years) performed acts that made him rank among the best painters in his generation, mainly in Spain, where he revolutionized painting and influenced all artistic trends at the time such as the Generation of ‘27.
He travelled to Europe in 1913 because of his friend, singer Alfredo Medici, who shared his scholarship for further training granted by the Uruguayan government with him at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He contacted the Italian Futurists, travelled to Paris later that year where he had the chance to see avant-garde movements brewing and returned to Milan.
He developed a unique style of pictorial expression where he’d incorporate highly expressive chromatism to dynamic drawings called “Vibrationism”. He moved to Barcelona in 1914 and became involved with leading young Catalan poets like Joan Salvat-Papasseit and Juan Gutiérrez Gili.
In November 1928 he returned to Uruguay, extremely sick and shortly after that passed away on February 1929 leaving most of his work to his family who permanently exhibited it at their home.
In 1969 the family presented the work to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay so as to create the Barradas Museum. It’s currently in the National Museum of Visual Arts in Montevideo, where it was exhibited in 1972. So far the city hasn’t seen an exhibition like that again.
On April 16th 2008 an oil on canvas called “Muñeca”, dated 1919 (51,5 x 59,5 cm) was auctioned at auction house Castells in Montevideo, Uruguay, for USD 108.000. In 2010 the painting “Calixto” was sold for USD 240.000.