It may be a risky statement, but it is not far from reality to assure that no one painted on the shores of the Argentine coast and its people like the Santafesino plastic artist Juan Arancio. He passed away in Santa Fe a year ago. He lived all his life in the same house in Barrio Alfonso, where he was born in 1931.
Their coastal motifs reached all over the world representing, like no one, the idiosyncrasy of the fishermen of Santa Fe. When I think of Juan Arancio, I see the drawing of a boy in fisherman's pants, paws in the water, chuza in hand and a shirt of Columbus . Unerasable images of the collective unconscious santafesino.
A hard resume to summarize
His career led him to great magazines, illustrating his own arguments such as Corso Pete, Iron Fist, Black Poncho, School Life; gaucho themes: Interval , El Tony , Blinker , Clarín . His comics also appeared for many years in the great Argentine newspaper and in El Litoral , the main newspaper of Santa Fe.
He took the luxury of working at Disney , Fleetway Studios in England and Scorpio publishing house in Milan.
Beyond his artistic wealth, perhaps his legacy is also so great on the moral face. At the time of the armed conflict between Argentina and England , he decided to dispense with contracts with that country, thereby losing his remuneration for his illustrations, because he felt that he identified himself “with a just cause and was consistent with the assessment of the sacrifice of the boys who gave their lives in the South Atlantic in defense of sovereignty over those southern territories.”
Despite suffering from Parkinson's disease , Arancio did not stop producing . “He is in good spirits and only wants to paint, although he has some days when he is not stable and decaying; there are others where he goes ahead and gives us his work,” his granddaughter told another half of Santa Fe, shortly before John left this world.
Argentino, nacido en la ciudad de Santa Fe. Licenciado en Comunicación Social, especializado y apasionado por la redacción. Amante de las canciones, los idiomas y la interculturalidad. Me gusta emocionarme con un lindo texto y dejarme sorprender como un niño. Juego a que soy escritor y músico.