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Mauricio Leib Lasansky was an artist and educator known both for his advanced techniques in intaglio printmaking and for a series of 33 pencil drawings from the 1960s titled The Nazi Drawings. Lasansky, who migrated to and became a citizen of the US, established the school of printmaking at the University of Iowa, which offered the first Master of Fine Arts program in the field in the US. Sotheby's identifies him as one of the fathers of modern printmaking.
The son of Eastern European Jews, Lasansky was born on 12 Oct. 1914 in Buenos Aires. He studied printmaking and engraving from his Polish father, who had made a living in those fields. He displayed early promise...
Lasansky relocated to New York City in 1943 on the first of 5 Guggenheim Fellowships and chose to remain in and become a citizen of the United States for political reasons in spite of a lack of financial resources and challenges with the English language.