b. 1946 Buenos Aires, Argentina - lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Drawing inspiration from diverse sources ranging from the stained glass windows of Chartes Cathedral to Andean textiles, Inés Bancalari's artistic background is truly international.
The artist graduated as valedictorian with a professor's degree in painting from the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires, and studied under Aurelio Macchi and Luis Barragán. She also worked with Robert Beverly Hale and Frank Mason at the Art Students League in New York. Her extensive travels and experiences have profoundly impacted her approach to art.
Although Bancalari's early works were primarily representational, her career shifted towards abstraction in the 1980s. For almost two decades, the color red dominated her brightly colored geometric canvases and collages, however, in recent years she has begun to work in soft pastels. These new large scale works seem to evoke textiles through their layered planes of superimposed colors.
Artworks by Bancalari have been featured in group and solo exhibitions in the Americas as well as in Europe. In addition to pursuing her own artistic career, for many years Bancalari has also taught art from her studio in Buenos Aires.