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Tomás Maldonado reflects on the role of the artist in society, given that it is the career-like class that enjoys success and acclaim. Maldonado fully identifies with the concept of rebellion, and says that he is prone to subvert the taste of the general public, which is why he prefers to move against the tide that brings acclaim.
Tomás Maldonado, the painter, designer, and thinker, was born in Argentina in 1920. He was among the founders of Arturo [Arturo] magazine in 1944. He was a founding member of the Asociación Arte Concreto – Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association] and editor of nueva visión [New Vision] magazine. He went to Ulm, Germany, in 1954, where he was a professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (School of Advances Studies in Form), the institute created by Max Bill. Maldonado currently lives and works in Italy.
Continente [Continent], the monthly magazine, was devoted to art, writing, science, humor, curiosities, and general interest stories. It was published in Argentina between April 1947 and December 1955, during President Juan Domingo Perón’s first regime, and was known as “the Decalogue of Peronism.” The article includes Maldonado’s testimony and a brief biographical statement.