Antonio Seguí (born January 11, 1934) is an Argentine draftsman, painter, printmaker, book illustrator, and sculptor currently residing and working in Paris. He is one of the most iconic living Argentine artists who are still actively creating and consistently exhibiting their works in various locations around the world. Seguí’s works are collected and displayed worldwide in artistic institutions such as MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others.
Seguí’s work is influenced by artists such as Fernand Léger and Diego Rivera. He typically incorporates a satirical sense of humor, critiquing society and human nature. Beyond this, Seguí’s art possesses lyrical components that transcend his satirical intentions.
One of the most distinctive features of Seguí’s drawings and paintings is the presence of small figures wearing hats. The artist has explained that this imagery stems from his childhood memories, a time when men always wore hats in public.
A recurring theme in Seguí’s work is urban life and its inhabitants, who appear to be swift automatons following unchanging paths leading to nowhere. Up close, each character is an individual, engaging in various activities and meandering about. However, from a distance, these individuals form complex patterns within a labyrinthine landscape. Many of his works depict vast crowds of characters, covering the entire surface of the canvas.