Offered here is a rare and fine example by the ceramic artist Marco Aurelio López Lomba (1920-1970). López Lomba is considered one of the best modern abstract ceramicists to hail from Uruguay. He has a very similar piece in the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales located in Montevideo, Uruguay, the capital. López Lomba worked with other world famous artists such as Carlos Páez Vilaró and Joaquín Torres García. In 1954 Lomba and Vilaró actually formed a school together called the Craftsman’s Workshop (Taller de Artesanos) in Montevideo.
This bottle shaped stoneware vessel has his distinctive sgraffito line drawings on it. The designs are entirely abstract and decorative. He sometimes integrated images into his work: fish, goats, oxen, horses, fishing nets and more. This work is nine inches tall and four inches wide. It is signed on the bottom with his distinctive goat logo.
If you look at the artwork coming out of Uruguay in the 1950s and 1960s you will see this very dominant trend of boxed-in, iconic drawings and abstract design shapes creating an overall pattern. This style was initiated by the Torres Garcia Workshop. Many Uruguayan abstract artists passed through those doors on their way to becoming famous themselves. Our gallery has a painting by an artist influence by this style too: Nelson Ramos.
The Uruguay government is extremely protective of the art created by their citizens—rarely letting any works out of the country. We’re very honored to offer it for private sale here in the U.S.