Painting near a river off of Lake Superior in Canada. Summer of 2014.

BIOGRAPHY

Julio Eduardo Ducuron was born in Rio Cuarto, Cordoba Province, Argentina, on Sunday, November 24, 1946, at 14:15 p.m. to Julio and Elsa Loreto Ducuron Lebrone. His surname is of French descent (French Basques Madiran), specifically from the mountains of the Hautes - Pyrenees.  As a child Julio enjoyed drawing and painting. In 1960, the 13-year-old participated in a contest on the banks of the Rio Cuarto. His drawing instructor, the artist Angel Vieyra, watched as Julio hid behind some trees, and with remarkable ease, painted his first painting outdoors, using tempera paints: "The Antler". Julio won first prize at that competition, and from there began to travel the “roads of fine arts”. Upon seeing the painting, the Italian painter and sculptor Don Libero Pierini interceded and spoke with the Director of the School of Fine Arts, Mr. Marciano Longarini, on Julio’s behalf. Julio E. Ducuron was accepted as a student before the standard required age.

Ducuron graduated in 1964 from the School of Fine Arts, Libero Pierini in Rio Cuarto and then perfected his painting skills at the School of Fine Arts Dr. Figueroa Alcorta city of Cordoba. His knowledge of palettes and hues were forged under masters of color, such as artists Jorge Horacio Cordova, Jose Alvarez Soave and Martin Santiago. Concurrently, Ducuron studied and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1970. In that same year Ducuron received a scholarship from the Institute of International Education of USA and continued studying at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Back in Argentina by 1973, Ducuron was appointed Director of the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts in Rio Cuarto, Argentina. He modernized the life of creative programs for the people to know and understand the works available at the Museum promoting exhibits in local neighborhoods. Ducuron also developed a television program, "The Museum Arrives Home”, which included didactic explanations of the content of each piece of art to include its particular importance. He performed in this role until the military dictatorship in 1976 demanded his resignation. During the same period he worked as the Director of the School of Fine Arts Workshop for Argentine Artists, under the Municipality of Rio Cuarto, fostering Free Expression Workshops. Many older people attended to receive free lessons from some of the masters of the time.

In 1974 began to send his works to Italy. An Italian painter friend, Renzo Cremona, connected with the famous Lombard painter Giovanni Balansino who liked the work of Ducuron and organized solo exhibitions throughout northern Italy. Ducuron traveled to Italy in January, 1976 and exhibited in the cities of Legnano, Milan, Cremona, Bra, Bollate, Casale Monferrato and Monza. In Monza he was awarded the Special Prize at the International Art Biennial. After four months and 10 solo exhibitions he returned to Argentina having sold every piece he had - 62 in total. The samples remained in Italy until the death of his art dealer and friend Giovanni Balansino.

As a lover of promoting fine art, Ducuron founded the Art Gallery Fernando Fader in Rio Cuarto, in 1972 and worked as the Director through 1991. The most famous painters, cartoonists, engravers and sculptors from Argentina passed through its halls. As a lecturer he developed his presentations on topics such as, “The Renovation of Painting in Argentina”, “Outdoor Landscape as Identity and the World View”, "The Landscape of Argentine Contemporary Art”, which have developed into a critical and constructive analysis of Argentina and Contemporary Art.

In 1988, the Haggai Institute International presented Ducuron with a scholarship to study and paint in Singapore. The streets of Chinatown and the Singapore landscape are reflected in his works currently in the USA (Atlanta, Georgia) and Singapore. From 2001 -2006, Ducuron was promoted in solo exhibitions in the United States at the Latin American Art Museum in Miami and Jadite Art Gallery of New York as well as the World Art Gallery, Ladera Ranch, California, with renewed success. In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prize Honor by a vote of 200 jurists at the ArtExpresion International Competition for Latin American and Spanish Artists. He has had ​​80 solo exhibitions in major cities of Argentina, and participated in over 200 group exhibitions and he is part of group of artists from World Art Gallery of Ladera Ranch, California, USA.

For 30 years he was in charge of the Chair Color III in the College of Fine Arts Provincial School of Rio Cuarto. Ducuron has taught theory and practice in the use of color, both alive in his paintings, to students who gained the benefit from his forty-five year career. He served as Director of that school that he saw grow, mature, suffer and enjoyed painting there until June, 2003.

In April of 2007, he traveled to Europe and settled for three months in Romania to paint landscapes and characters of Transylvania in the Eastern Carpathians. Enriching his artistic vision, he visited the most important museums in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Italy. In Italy he presented his work at the International Competition JB Moroni in Bergamo City and won the Jurists Critics Honor Award.

In 2010 he received the Honor Award in the Global ArtNow International Painting Exhibition in London, England.

That year he received a scholarship from the Institute of International Education and conducted specialized studies at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, USA.

Upon return to his home in 1973, Ducuron was appointed as Director of the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts in Rio Cuarto, Argentina. He led the rebirth of the life of the museum by creating educational programs about its artwork. Programs included neighborhood exhibitions as well as a television program, "The Museum Comes Home". With instructive presentations of the content of each piece the information was made manageable and related its importance. Concurrently, he served as the Director of the Workshop School of Visual Arts program “Argentine Artists”, under the Municipality of Rio Cuarto. Here he fostered free expression workshops. Adults attended in great number as free lessons in visual arts was offered. In 1976 the military dictatorship relieved him of his duties as Director of the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts of Río Cuarto, Argentina. 

In 1974 he began sending his works to Italy. Italian painter and friend, Renzo Cremona, connected with famous Lombard painter, Giovanni Balansino, who enjoyed the work of Ducuron and organized solo exhibitions throughout northern Italy. In January 1976 he traveled and exhibited in Legnano, Milan, Cremona, Bra, Bollate, Casale Monferrato and Monza where he won the Special Prize at the International Art Biennial. After four months and 10 solo exhibitions he returned to Argentina having sold all of his work - 62 in total. The samples originally sent remained in Italy until the death of his art dealer and friend, Giovanni Balansino.

Ducuron founded and directed the Fernando Fader Art Gallery in Rio Cuarto, from 1972 to 1991 in promotion of his love of the visual arts. The most famous of painters, cartoonists, engravers and sculptors from Argentina visited its halls. He received a Fellowship from the Haggai Institute International, and studying and painting in Singapore. The streets of Chinatown and the Singapore landscape are reflected in works that are currently in Atlanta, U.S.A., and Singapore. Since 1974, Ducuron has spoken publicly as “Renovation of Painting Argentina”, “Outdoor Landscape as Identity and World View”. As a result, he has developed a critical and constructive analysis of contemporary Argentine visual art.

From 2001 through 2006 he added solo exhibitions in the United States to his international career, including at the Latin American Art Museum in Miami, Florida, Jadite Art Gallery of New York and World Art Gallery, Ladera Ranch, California with renewed success. In 2002 he was awarded the Grand Prize of Honor by a vote of 200 jurists at Artexpresion International’s competition for Latin American and Spanish artists. Ducuron’s artwork has been displayed in 80 solo exhibitions in major cities throughout Argentina, and he has participated in over 200 group exhibitions as part of group of artists from World Art Gallery of Ladera Ranch, California, U.S.A. In 2016 he added solo exhibitions in Morton Auctioners Art Gallery in Houston, Texas. U.S.A. 

During the same period, until June of 2003, Ducuron served as the Director of the School that had seen him grow, mature, suffer and enjoy painting. Over his 30 year tenure, Ducuron was in charge of the Chair Color III at the Provincial School of Fine Arts in Rio Cuarto. There he taught about color in theory and practice, both alive in his paintings, exposing his students to the development of his forty-five year career.

Ducuron traveled to Europe in April of 2007 and settled there for three months in Romania to paint landscapes and characters of Transylvania in the Eastern Carpathians. Enriching his artistic vision, he visited the most important museums in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Italy. In Italy, Ducuron displayed and presented a piece in the International Competition J.B. Moroni in the city of Bergamo earning the Award of Honor from the Juries Critics.

In 2010 Ducuron received the Honor Award in the Global ArtNow International Painting Exhibition in London, England.

In 2017 He is awarded for the Circle Foundation Artist of the Year Award in Lyon. France. 

Ducuron currently lives in Rio Cuarto where he enjoys painting and participating in the Fine Arts community in which he developed and nurtured his skills and talents as well as those of others. He is currently enjoying a resurgence of interest in his impressionist landscapes and figures which are timeless and universal in their ability to capture the spirit of beauty in the common human experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

Since 1966, when Ducuron held his first solo exhibition at the Art Gallery circle of Rio Cuarto, he has been doing solo exhibitions in major art galleries in Argentina and abroad.

 

International exhibitions

Centro S. Magno Art Gallery, Legnano, Italia, 1976

Il Punto Art Gallery, Bra, Italia , 1976

Studio D'Arte Art Gallery, Legnano, Italia, 1976

Il Torrazzo Art Gallery, Cremona, Italia, 1976

Oscar Art Gallery, Bollate, Italia, 1977

Mondialmineraria Art Gallery, Monza, Italia, 1977

Cívica¨S. Croce Art Gallery, Casale Monferrato, Italia, 1977

Mondialmineraria Art Gallery, Monza, Italia, 1977

L´Angolo del Collezionista Art Gallery, Legnan, Italia, 1980

Latin American Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA, 2001

Jadite Galleries, New York, New York, USA, 2002

World Art Gallery, Ladera Ranch, California, U.S.A., 2005

World Art Gallery, Ladera Ranch, California, U.S.A., 2006

The Fine Arts Museum of Zalau,  Zalau, Romania, 2009

The Artic Rose Art Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 2010

Pabellón University of Art, París, France, 2011

ExpoRío,  Río de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012

Traveling Art Gallery, Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, 2013

La Colombe D´Or Art Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA, 2014

 

Exhibitions in Argentina

 El Círculo Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1966

El Círculo Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1968

Fernando Fader Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1973

Burchardo Municipal Art Gallery, Cordova, 1973

Rubinstein Art Gallery, Mar del Plata, 1973

Cordova Art Gallery, Cordova, 1973

9 de Julio Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1973

Walter de Navazio Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, Bell Ville, Cordova, 1973

Lowe Foundation Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1974

Riocuartense Association of Visual Arts Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1974

Corbacho Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1975

Gradiva Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1975

Génesy G Art Gallery, Mendoza, 1975

Agnes Maldy Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1975

Fernando Fader Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1975

 Nueva Galería de Arte, Bell Ville, 1975

Marplatense Art Gallery, Mar del Plata, 1975

Rubinstein Art Gallery, Mar del Plata, 1976

Art Gallery"Rubinstein". Mar del Plata. 1976

Salón Colón Art Gallery, Cordova, 1976

Renom Art Gallery, Rosario, 1976

Argentino Hotel Art Gallery, Río Tercero, Córdob, 1976

Nueva Galería de Arte, Bell Ville, 1976

Finuart Art Gallery, Santa Fe, 1976

Fernando Fader Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1976

Goya Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1976

Octavio De la Colina Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, La Rioja, 1977

Rubinstein Art Gallery, Mar del Plata, 1977

Borghese Art Gallery, Rosario, 1977

Goya Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1977

Directorate of Culture, Villa Costitución, Sta.Fe, 1978

Renom Art Gallery, Rosario, 1978

Firenze Art Gallery, Rosario, 1978

Municipality of Villa Ascasubi, Cordova, 1978

Lucense Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1979

Casa de Cordova Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1980

Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, Río Cuarto. Cordova. 1981

Fernando Fader Art Gallery, Río Cuart, Cordova, 1990

Mascia Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova,1996

Mascia Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1997

Vieyra Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 1998

Vieyra Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 2000

Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 2000

Riocuartense Association of Visual Arts, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 2000

National University of Río Cuarto, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 2000

Council of Economic Sciences Professional Chamber, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 2001

Alcira Gigena Municipal Museum, Cordova, 2001

Cordova Province Legislature Palace, Cordova, 2003

Telecom Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Cordova, 2005

Intercontinental Gallery of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, 2005

Gallery of the Nations, Buenos Aires. 2007

Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, Río Cuarto, 2010

Library of the National University of Río Cuarto, 2010

El Socorro Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2011

El Socorro Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2013

Letters and Coffe Art Gallery. Río Cuarto. Argentina. 2014.

 

CURRENTLY IN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Ducuron’s works can be found in museums and fine galleries in Argentina, Italy, U.S.A., Bolivia, Mexico, Singapore, Colombia, France, Ireland, Spain, Romania.

Municipal Museum of Fine Arts. Monza, Italy.

Latin American Art Museum. Miami, Florida, USA.

Museum of Fine Arts. Zalau, Romania.

Haggai Institute. Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Haggai Institute. Singapore

Ladera Ranch Private Galleries. Ladera, California, USA

Ramón Gómez Cornet Municipal Museum. Santiago del Estero, Argentina

Walter de Navazio Municipal Museum. Bell Ville, Argentina

Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Luján. Bs.As. Argentina.

Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, Río Cuarto. Argentina.

Octavio de la Colina Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, La Rioja. Argentina.

Centro Lucense Art Gallery, Buenos Aires. Argentina.

Commission of “Mujeres Argentinas para el Fondo Patriótico” Art Gallery. Buenos Aires. Argentina.

Mariano Moreno Public Library, Art Gallery. Río Cuarto. Argentina.

National University of Río Cuarto, Art Gallery. Río Cuarto, Argentina.

National University of Río Cuarto, College of Economics, Art Gallery, Río Cuarto, Argentina.

Líbero Pierini Provincial School of Fine Arts, Art Gallery. Río Cuarto. Argentina.

The Artic Rose Gallery. Anchorage, Alaska, USA

La Colombe D´Or,Art Gallery. Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Traveling Art Gallery. Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. 

 

AWARDS

Ducuron has received over 40 competitive awards at national and international levels in recognition of his artistic work. Among the most noteworthy are:

PARTICIPATION AND DISTINCTION IN THE CIRCLE FOUDATION ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017. Lyon. France.

HONORABLE MENTION, Global ARTNOW. International Painting Exhibition. London, England. 2010

HONORABLE MENTION, International Art Biennial, Monza, Italy.

FIRST PLACE, International Painting Competition The protagonist D'Oro. Monza. Italy. 1977

HONORARY AWARD, J. B. Moroni Art Critics International Competition, Bergamo. Italy. 2007.

FIRST PRIZE, Artexpresion International Awards, 200 Juries, Miami, Florida, USA-Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2002 .

FIRST PRIZE. First Bicentenary Regional Painting Competition. General Deheza. Cordova. 2010.

HONORARY AWARD. ONCCA Bicentennial. Argentine National Hall. Buenos Aires. 2010.

FIRST PRIZE. Gold Medal. Jockey Club Second Annual Provincial Painting Exhibition. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1975

SECOND PRIZE. National Exhibition of Landscape Painters IX. Villa de Merlo, Saint Louis, Argentina. 2000

SECOND PRIZE. "A la Pintura" Competition. Business Center. Rio Cuarto, Argentina.  2002. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 2002

BEST WORK OF ARTIST IN RIO CUARTO AWARD. IV Annual National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Rio Cuarto. Ministry of Social Welfare of the Province. Cordova, Argentina. 1971

AWARD Cerealist Second Annual National Exhibition of Fine Arts. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1977

FIRST PRIZE. Jockey Club Provincial Annual Painting Exhibition. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1974

AWARD International Exhibition of the Argentine Council of Peace. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1974.

SECOND PRIZE. First National Autumn Exhibition. Rio Cuarto,Argentina. 1970

PROTAGONIST AWARD. Province of Cordoba Five Best Visual Artists of the Province of Cordova. Cordova, Argentina. 1979

FIRST PRIZE. Municipality of Rio IV Competition. Argentina. 1965

AWARD. Cerealista Second Annual National Exhibition of Fine Arts. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1978

SECOND PRIZE. "A la Pintura" Competition. Business Center. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 2001.

FIRST PRIZE. Anniversary Competition . Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1968

THIRD PRIZE. Walter Navazio National Painting Municipal Museum of Fine Arts. City of Bell Ville, Cordova, Argentina. 1979

FIRST PRIZE. El Circle Art Gallery Competion. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1965               

ACQUISITION AWARD. Municipal Painting Competition. Bureau of Culture of Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1979

FIRST PRIZE. Competition spots. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1960

FIRST PRIZE. Week Banda Norte Competiton V. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1965

COMPETITION PRIZE. "A la Pintura" Competition. Foundation for Culture of Rio Cuarto. Commercial Hall, Museum of Fine Arts. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1998

SECOND PRIZE. “Day of the City” Competition of Rio Cuarto. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1980

SECOND PRIZE. 47th Anniversary of the Area Material Competition. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1991

FIRST PRIZE. National School of Commerce of Rio Cuarto Competition. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1961

SECOND PRIZE. El Circle Art Gallery Libero Pierini. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1964

HONORABLE MENTION. Autumn Salon of Fine Arts in Rio Cuarto II. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1971

HONROABLE MENTION. Medal of the General Directorate. Annual Competition of Fine Arts Of Artistic Activities V. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1972

HONORABLE MENTION. Fernando Fader School of Fine Arts of Bell Ville. Cordova, Argentina. 1979

SECOND PRIZE. Regional Painting Exhibition General Labour Confederation of Argentina. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1986

SPECIAL JURY MENTION AWARD. Provincial Exhibition of Painting. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 2000

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY, JOURNALS, NOTES AND COMMENTS

Ducuron’s work has been discussed in the following books, magazines and publications, among others:

Argentine Art Around the World. Institutional Editions. Buenos Aires. 2006.

The Big Book of Argentine Art. Institutional Editions. Buenos Aires. 2004.

Il dubio. Amilcare De Gregorio. Italy. 1976.

50 Years of Visual Arts in Cordoba. Angel T. Lo Celso. Argentina. 1966.

Visual Arts in Rio Cuarto.Franklin Arregui Cano. Argentina. 1965.

Men and women of Rio . Editor, Cottolengo Don Orione Group. Argentina. 2000.

Landscapes of My Life. Hector O. Otegui. Edit. UNRC. 2000. Argentina.

Bauen Business Magazine. Buenos Aires. Argentina. November, 1978.

Protagonists. Cordova. Argentina. November, 1978.

Espigas Foundation Publication. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July, 1998.

Bohemia y Figura. Issues Nº 3 and Nº 4. Cordova. Argentina. 1973.

Ritmia. Issues No. 3 and No. 7. Rio Cuarto. Argentina. 1968.

Realidad. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. December, 1990.

Horizontes Cercanos. Nuestros Maestros del Arte: Julio Ducuron. Río Cuarto, Argentina. Year 1. Nº 4. 2003.

Raíces. Río Cuarto, Argentina. May, 1991.

Municipality of the city of Rio Cuarto Publication. Department of Culture. History of the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts. Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 1980.

Decorating Solutions Magazine. USA. May, 2006. 

Art & Antiques Magazine. USA. May, 2006.

Art & Antiques Magazine. USA. July, 2006.

Orange Coast Magazine. Orange County, California, USA. May, 2006.

Orange Coast Magazine. Orange County, California, USA. June,  2006.

Orange Coast Magazine. Orange County, California, USA. July, 2006.

Florida Desing Magazine. USA. Vol. 15. Nº 2. 2005.

Universal Virtual Encyclopedia Wikipedia. English. 2006.

The Ladera Flyer. California. USA. April,  2006.

The Ladera Flyer. California. USA. July, 2006.

Country Almanac Decorating Magazine.  USA. June 2006.

World Art Catalogue. Ladera Ranch, California, USA. 2006.

The Coto News. California, USA, January 7, 2005.

Orange Coast Magazine. Orange County, California. USA. August, 2006.

 My New Home. Mountville, PA, USA. August, 2006.

Julio Ducuron (second from the right) at a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts of Río Cuarto. Río Cuarto, Argentina. 2000.

Julio Ducuron (second from the right) at an Solo Exhbition in Legnano, Italy. 1976.

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