Julio daCunha: Modernizing Myths

February 29, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Julio daCunha was born in 1929 in Bogota, Colombia. Following the completion of his master of fine arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art, daCunha arrived in Delaware in 1956 to teach at the University of Delaware. The artist places himself within the Spanish tradition and cites the influences of Arshile Gorky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Roberto Matta, and Francisco de Goya. While at the University, daCunha served as department chair from 1966 to 1969 and taught until his retirement in 1994, influencing generations of students who studied within the program. This Distinguished Artist Series exhibition will be assembled from the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, public institutions, and private collections showcasing the impact daCunha had on the community in which he lived.

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Julio daCunha: Modernizing Myths was organized by the Delaware Art Museum and Olivia Armandroff through the support of the Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellowship. This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.


The Distinguished Artist Series is a celebration of those artists who have impacted contemporary art in the greater Wilmington area through their artistic practices, teaching, and support of the community and its various institutions. Through unique exhibitions, the series will present exhibitions of these artists, surveying their legacies as they relate to local, national, and international trends. Learn more.