Fayga Ostrower

Fayga Perla Ostrower ( * 1920 in Łódź, Poland, † 13 September 2001 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ) was a Brazilian painter and graphic artist. She was one of the major representatives of Abstract painting and printmaking after the Second World War.

Fayga Ostrower moved in the 1930s to Rio de Janeiro and received in 1934 the Brazilian nationality. She studied art and graphic design at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas until 1947 when Axl Leskoscheck (woodcut) and copper engraving by Carlos Oswald. Equipped with a Fulbright scholarship, she attended 1957 New York City.

Fayga Ostrower participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Her art is exhibited in major museums in Brazil, in Europe and America. She won the National Award for printmaking the 4th Biennial of São Paulo in 1957 and the Grand International Prize for printmaking at the Venice Biennale in 1958. 1959 she was a participant of documenta 2 in Kassel in the Department of graphics. She was a participant of biennials in Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela in the early sixties.

Between 1954 and 1970 she taught composition and Critical Analysis at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1960s, she taught at Spellman College in Atlanta, USA and at the Slade School of Fine Art She also worked for various postgraduate programs at Brazilian universities. In the 1970s, she visited factories and public facilities in order to achieve a populist art education.

From 1963 to 1966 she was president of the Brazilian Association of Fine Arts ( Associação Brasileira de Artes Plásticas ) and from 1978 to 1982 she was head of the Brazilian Committee for the UNESCO means the International Society for Education through Art ( InSEA ). In 1969 the National Library of Rio de Janeiro an album with their printing from the period 1954-1966 out.

Fayga Ostrower was an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. It belonged to the Cultural Advisory Council of the province of Rio de Janeiro from 1982 to 1988 in 1972 she was awarded the price of the Brazilian government with the Ordem do Rio Branco. ; In 1998 she received the Culture Prize Award in Brasília presented by the President of Brazil, and she was the Great National Prize of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture awarded in 1999.

Fayga Ostrower was married to Heinz Ostrower (1913-1992), a German antifascist emigrants in Brazil. They have two children: Anna Leonor ( Noni ) and Carl Robert.