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Tomás Ditaranto,  painter and cartoonist, was born in Montescaglioso, Italy, on February 24, 1904. 
Emigrated from his native country two years later, and settled with his family in Buenos Aires. 
As a child he was apprenticed as a blacksmith, but then entered the National Academy of Fine Arts under the direction of the masters Collivadino, Alice, Centurion and Rossi, graduating in 1927 with the title of professor.

His first work was sent to the National Salon of Fine Arts was in 1929. Later, 1941 he had his own photo-etching workshop, leaving that trade in 1945. That same year he held his first painting exhibition. Two years later he left his natal country, and settled down with his family in Buenos Aires. 
As a child he was apprenticed as a blacksmith, but then entered the National Academy of Fine Arts under the direction of the masters Collivadino, Alice, Centurion and Rossi, graduating in 1927 as a professor.

He was very attracted to Argentine customs and landscapes. Leaving behind a vast artistic work, he went on to illustrate the polylingual edition of Martín Fierro. Throughout his career he held 261 exhibitions: 250 at home and 11 abroad. His first exhibition was collective in 1921, and in 1945 he held his first solo exhibition. His last solo exhibition is from 1981.

 

In mid-1983 he began to lose his vision (he still paints by heart) and on August 28, 1985 he died at the age of 81.

His works are in: Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires, Government House of Jujuy, Liceo Militar San Martín, School Museum of Art "Antonio Alice" and in museums in Greece, Italy, United States, Brazil and Spain.

Until his death he never stopped painting, he was 67 years committed to painting.