“I would like to capture that permanently changing reality in my work, where past and present are interconnected.”

Horacio Cardo, 1944-2018, author, illustrator, graphic artist, Argentinian


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Horacio Cardo, an Argentine artist whose phantasmagorical paintings and collages were known for their compelling commentary about politics, war, social issues and Freudian psychoanalysis, died on Oct. 22 in Pinamar, a resort city on the eastern coast of Buenos Aires Province. He was 74.

His son, Iara, said the cause was complications of a stroke.

Mr. Cardo’s evocative work appeared in many publications, including Clarín, Argentina’s largest newspaper, and The New York Times, where he and artists like Ralph Steadman, Eugene Mihaesco and Brad Holland turned the Op-Ed page into a showcase for idiosyncratic graphic viewpoints in the 1970s and ’80s.

“He was one of the illustrators who drew people to the Op-Ed page with unusually strong commentary,” Steven Heller, co-chairman of the design department at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and a former senior art director of The New York Times Book Review, said in an interview. “He took the complex, made it personal and turned it into something universal.”

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