Photo: Oscar Vaz Painting
Interpol recovered 29 works of art stolen in Argentina and arrested one person in six raids conducted on art galleries in Buenos Aires, authorities said Monday.
A total of 37 paintings and sculptures by outstanding national and international artists valued at an average of $400,000 had been stolen on Jan. 7 from a private home, the Argentine Security Ministry said in a communique.
One of the stolen paintings, by Argentine artist Horacio Buttler, was found in the Arroyo art gallery.
Investigators discovered that the man who had turned over the painting to the gallery was an employee of the Buenos Aires art gallery, where stolen works of art by Argentine painter Oscar Vaz were subsequently found.
Also, authorities found stolen artwork in two other galleries and two warehouses of the Zurburan art marketing firm.
The rest of the stolen artwork was recovered in a cafe near the art galleries where investigators found documentation that allowed them to identify Osvaldo Ryszelewski as the person overseeing the sale and distribution of the stolen pieces.
Investigators found that Ryszelewski had 13 arrest warrants outstanding for different crimes and they arrested him.
Police are continuing their work to recover the eight paintings that have not yet been found, the communique said.