Benito Quinquela Martín was born on March 1, 1890 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Benito Juan Martín was a son of the neighborhood of La Boca. One day in the month of March of 1890, some nuns found him opposite the door of the House of Abandoned Children, an orphanage; that is the reason why his exact birth date is uncertain. He lived there until he was adopted at the age of six by Manuel Chinchella and Justina Molina.
In those days, La Boca was a neighborhood in expansion and an important port. The bustle and hustle of the commercial activity kept pace with hard and popular life in the conventillos and other places where the new immigrants lived. Benito’s father himself was an Italian immigrant, of whom the boy took the surname after a phonemic translation into Spanish language: Quinquela. It is the spirit of La Boca that still vibrates off the canvasses signed by Benito Quinquela Martín.