Arturo Souto Feijoo

Category: Painter
Birth Date: 5th April 1902 (†3rd July 1964)
Birth Place: Pontevedra

Arturo Souto showed his interest for painting when he was still a child and painted with his father, an amateur painter. It was in 1920 that he moved to Seville with his family and strengthened his vocation, getting in touch with other Andalusian artists. In 1922, he moved to Madrid and entered St Fernando Academy of Fine Arts, presenting his first exhibition three years later. Thanks to some money he got selling a few paintings, he managed to travel to Paris for the first time in 1926 and two years later he travelled there again with a grant of the County Council of Pontevedra. Then he returned to Madrid and participated in the Collective Exhibition of Galician Art (1928) and the individual exhibitions in the Athenaeum (1929) and the Lyceum Club (1930). At that moment, he renewed his contacts with Galicia and was in 1930 that he got in touch with a group of intellectuals from Lugo with the help of his friend, the poet Luis Pimentel. Before the Civil War, he carried out important exhibitions in Madrid, Bilbao, Copenhagen and Berlin (1932), Madrid and Galicia (1933) and Barcelona and Florence (1934). After getting 'Roma' Prize in 1934, he moved to Italy to improve his studies. As a graphic designer, he collaborated in the magazines El Combatiente, Madrid, El mono azul and Nova Galiza. After leaving Europe, he first travelled to Havana, where he carried out a successful exhibition. Then he travelled to the USA, where he also carried out several exhibitions and in 1942, he moved to Mexico, where he established himself with his family. In 1962, he returned to Spain and after staying until 1964, he travelled to Mexico again to take his possessions and establish himself definitively in Galicia.

 Work & Activities

These are some of his most important oil paintings: Tres figuras clásicas, Mujeres y cántaros, Concierto, Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis, El caballo blanco, Cámara de tortura, La dama del abanico, La dama triste, Las jóvenes provincianas, Mujer con sombrero negro, La siesta, La barca negra, Maternidad campesina, etc.