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Antonio Frasconi (04/28/1919- ) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved to the United States in 1945. From 1938 onwards he worked primarily as a political cartoonist, graphic illustrator, and printmaker, relocating to Santa Barbara, California in 1946. Throughout the duration of his career, his work has been described as boldly simplistic, brightly colored, and strongly stated. In 1955 Frasconi served as illustrator of Aesop's Fables, and several other children's books all featuring the same story in several languages, resulting from Frasconi's other passion: linguistics. In 1962 he received a scholarship to study lithography at the Tamarind Workshop in California. The following year he was chosen to design a U.S. postage stamp. Although he has participated in exhibitions far too numerous to list individually, perhaps the more formative were the solo exhibitions between 1946 and 1964 in Santa Barbara, California, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. Furthermore his work was featured in a solo touring exhibition, retrospective in nature, sponsored by the Baltimore Museum of Art. One additional pivotal showing was the group exhibition entitled, "Art of Latin America since Independence," taking place at Yale University and the University of Texas. Frasconi's work is permanently on display in a host of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Fogg Art Museum, at Harvard University, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.