Fighting for Visibility: Lithuanian Artists in Argentina

Acta Academia Artium Vilnensis


  • Laura Petrauskaitė



migration, Argentinian art, Art Deco, Nativism, Lithuanian artists


The paper analyses the role of the Lithuanian diaspora and its artists in the art field of Argentina in the 30’s and 40’s, and overviews their input into the development of the nativist discourse. The paper employs social art history to show the impact the transatlantic migration had on the social mobility of migrant artists and their careers in South America and Lithuania.

Author Biography

Laura Petrauskaitė

(b. 1982, Lithuania) is an art historian and a research fellow at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 2017, she was a Lithuania Research Council/Lewben Art Foundation fellow at the National University of Tres de Febrero and Forum Transregionale Studien fellow of the Transregional Academy on Latin American Art II: Mobility – Objects, Materials, Concepts, Actors in Buenos Aires. Her doctoral thesis Matas Menčinskas and His Contemporaries: The Significance of the Migration of Artists for the Modernization of Lithuanian Art in the First Half of the Twentieth Century was awarded with the LJMS Best Dissertation Award (2019). Currently she is a junior fellow in the international research project “Linking Art Worlds: American Art and Eastern Europe in the Cold War to the Present”. Her main research interests are Eastern European art and visual culture in the 20th century, migration, cultural transfers and entanglements between Europe and the Americas, and social art history.

VAL (Alex Mlynárčík, Viera Mecková, Ľudovít Kupkovič), Heliopolis, 1968-1974, ink on paper and photocollage, 90 × 90 cm, Courtesy of the VAL Group, Žilina




How to Cite

Petrauskaitė, L. . (2022). Fighting for Visibility: Lithuanian Artists in Argentina: Acta Academia Artium Vilnensis. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, (105), 105–140.