Artists (IV): Andre Bloc
Andre Bloc was born in Algeria, France in 1896. He was engineer, sculptor, engraver, painter, writer and editor. He graduated in engineering in 1920 and he soon felt interested in art and architecture. He was editor of important architecture magazines as L’architecture d’aujourd’hui created in 1930 and Art d’aujourd’hui created in 1949 in which he received Carlos Raúl Villanueva’s work. In 1954, Villanueva asked him his collaboration in the project of Synthesis of the Arts in the University City. Bloc contributed not just a mural, but he also helped in supervising the works of foreign artists involved in the project.
By trying to integrate art and architecture, Bloc used a large group of different materials in his whole career: he made from mosaic murals to sculptures of steel and metal sheets. Bloc suddenly died on November 8, 1966 in New Delhi.
Original Text: Máyerling Z. López
Translation: Mearlis Flores
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