Alpargatas almanac illustration by Luis Medrano
Illustration for the Alpargatas almanac

Luis J. Medrano was an Argentine plastic artist, cartoonist and humorist, known for his clever observations of the current affairs of his time. Born in Buenos Aires, he began his career at the age of 17, contributing to La Novela Semanal and Aconcagua. A self-taught artist, Medrano set up his own advertising agency at the age of 20.

Grafodramas by Luis Medrano
Grafodramas

He published his first painted cartoons in the magazine Cascabel in 1941, before beginning a cooperation with La Nación. For this paper, he produced a daily 'Grafodramas' cartoon, humorous and ironic views on everyday life, from 1941 until his death in 1974. Later on, Medrano launched new panels, such as 'La Placa Velada', 'Estaba Escrito' and 'Apuntes desde un Balcón', a series of street scenes.

Matías by Luis Medrano
Matías, talento de la era atómica

In addition, Medrano created the highly intelligent character 'Matías' in his own magazine Popurrí, as well as his political series of drawings 'Galería Contemporánea' in PBT magazine (1951-52). By the mid 1950s he also did political cartoons for La Nación.

Matías by Luis Medrano
Matías, talento de la era atómica

'Grafodramas' also appeared weekly on television from 1956 to 1958. During the Perón government, he regularly used the arrogant character 'Contreras' in his cartoons.

Grafodramas by Luis Medrano
Grafodramas

Last updated: 2011-09-23

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