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Nadine Daskaloff, 84, Artist

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 10:12

March 20, 1939 - July 13, 2023

In 1964, the French artist Nadine Daskaloff was commissioned to paint the mural known as “Luz del Norte” for the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) in Mexico City, which is the largest and most frequently visited museum in Mexico.

As a participant in the Brazilian modernist art movement known as Grupo Ruptura (Rupture), in which bold colors and geometric shapes figure prominently in a rejection of traditional, realistic subject matter, Ms. Daskaloff had work hanging in museums elsewhere in Latin America and in the United States and France.

A resident of Cooper Lane in East Hampton for many years and a regular participant in local art shows, she died of cancer at home on July 13. She was 84 and had been ill for a year.

Ms. Daskaloff was born in Marseille on March 20, 1939. She graduated with honors in 1959 from Ecole Préparatoire de l’Academie des Beaux-Arts de Paris and moved to Mexico City a year later to begin her career. She would go on to have solo and group shows around the world, including at the Montreal Expo in 1967, the Biennale des Jeunes in Paris that same year, and galleries in New York City, Copenhagen, and Asaka, Japan.

The Star wrote in May 2015 that her paintings were characterized by “elegance and whimsy, sultriness and vitality,” focusing on women’s hairstyles, clothing, and accessories.

She met her husband, the Bulgarian portrait artist Georgi Daskaloff, in Paris in 1966. The couple married in 1970; he died in 2005.

Her family wrote that “she will be forever remembered through her colorful abstract art, and by her beloved son,” Alexander Daskaloff, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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