Julio Payró began his career as a painter, studying with the
Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres-García in Paris and Barcelona
(1907), then with William de Gouve in Brussels from 1912 to 1918, after which
he returned to Buenos Aires. In 1928 he decided to work solely as an art
critic, building a reputation as a major analyst of 20th century art movements
in Argentina and Latin America.