Martín Blaszko (Berlin, 1920 – Buenos Aires, August 9, 2011) was an Argentine sculptor of Judeo-German origin. He emigrated to Argentina in 1939, avoiding the full rise of Nazism in his native Germany. He studied in Europe with Jankel Adler and Enrique Barczinski. In 1945 he made contact with Carmelo Arden Quin and participated in the launch of the MADI group.
In 1952 he was awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art of London for his project “Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner” exhibited at The Tate Gallery of London. The same year he joined the Argentine representation for the Sao Paulo Biennial (selection of Julio E. Payró).
In 1956 he represented Argentina at the XXVIII Venice Biennale and in 1958 at the Brussels International Fair. This same year he received the bronze medal awarded by the Senate of the Nation and the following year he received the First Prize Hall of Mar del Plata.
In 1960 he won the Manuel Belgrano Prize of the City of Buenos Aires, and integrated the Argentine representation for the Venice Biennale.
In 1973 he receives the Gold Medal of the Argentine Parliament. In 1986 he won the First Prize in the contest “Tribute to the International Day of Peace”.
In 1990 he was part of the Latin American Artists of the XX Century exhibition, organized by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
In 2001 he made an individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires (MAMbA). He won the first prizes in the Hall of Córdoba and in the Hall of the City of La Plata, Buenos Aires. His works are part of several collections of Museums of the Argentine Republic such as the Rosa Galisteo Museum of the City of Santa Fe.
His work The song of the flying bird is located in Utsugushi-Ga-Hara, Japan. In 2001, he joined the remembered exhibition of Abstract Art in the Río de la Plata in the American Society of New York. At the beginning of 2007 he participated in the exhibition “Communicating Vessels, Latin American Vanguards and Europe, 1900-1950” Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art, Castilla León, Spain. His work is currently exhibited in Italy, France, Germany and the United States (MADI Museum, Dallas and Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago.) Blaszko had his homage at Malba in 2010, with a sample of sculptures on the museum’s terrace, made in bronze and painted aluminum. He managed to express with a particular sensitivity the need, almost urgently, to establish dialogues with the potential spectator in the public space, which he defended against visual pollution and other evils. His works included the collections of Carlos Pedro Blaquier, Malba, MoMA, New York, and the Tate Gallery, London.