Oswaldo Guayasamín


Oswaldo Guayasamin, we have original graphic work for sale (prints) engravings, lithographs and serigraphs (engravings, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs) by this artist.Buy and Sale work of art, painting.


Oswaldo Guayasamín (July 6, 1919 in Quito; March 10, 1999 in Baltimore) was a prominent Ecuadorian painter. Oswaldo Guayasamín's father was an indigenous person of Kichwa descent and his mother (Dolores Calero) was mestizo. His father (José Miguel Guayasamín) worked as a carpenter and, later, as a taxi driver and truck driver. Oswaldo was the first of ten children. His artistic aptitude awakens at an early age. Before the age of eight, he makes caricatures of teachers and classmates. Every week he renews the advertisements of the store opened by his mother. He also sells some paintings made on pieces of canvas and cardboard, with landscapes and portraits of movie stars, in the Plaza de la Independencia. Despite his father's opposition, he entered the School of Fine Arts in Quito. It is the time of the "war of the four days", a civil military uprising, against the government of Arroyo del Río. During a demonstration, his great friend Manjarrés dies. This event, which will later inspire his work "The Dead Children", marks his vision of people and society. He continued his studies at the School and in 1941 he obtained the diploma of painter and sculptor, after having also studied architecture In 1942 he exhibited for the first time at the age of 23 in a private room in Quito and caused a scandal. Critics consider this exhibition as a confrontation with the official exhibition of the School of Fine Arts. Nelson Rockefeller, impressed by the work, buys several paintings and helps Guayasamín in the future. Between 1942 and 1943, he spent six months in the United States. With the money earned, he travels to Mexico, where he meets the teacher Orozco, who accepts Guayasamín as an assistant. He also became friends with Pablo Neruda and a year later he traveled to various Latin American countries, including Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, finding in all of them an oppressed indigenous society, a theme that, since then, has always appeared in his works.. In his later figurative paintings he deals with social issues, he acted by simplifying the forms. In his youth he obtained all the National Awards and was the recipient, at the age of 36, of the Grand Prize at the III Hispano-American Biennial of Art, which was held in 1955 in Barcelona1 and later the Grand Prize at the Sao Paulo Biennial. He was elected president of the House of Ecuadorian Culture in 1971. His works have been exhibited in the best galleries in the world: Venezuela, France, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Spain, USA. USA, Brazil, Colombia, Soviet Union, China, among others. In 1976 he created the Guayasamín Foundation, in Quito, to which he donated his work and his art collections, since he conceived art as a heritage of the peoples. In 1978 he was appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, of Spain, and a year later, an honorary member of the Academy of Arts of Italy. In 1982, a 120-meter mural painted by Guayasamín was inaugurated at the Barajas Airport. This large mural, made with acrylics and marble dust, is divided into two parts: one of them dedicated to Spain and the other to Latin America. On October 28, 1992, he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (UNPHU). His last exhibitions were personally inaugurated at the Luxembourg Palace Museum, Paris and at the Palais de Glace Museum in Buenos Aires, in 1995. He managed to exhibit in museums in all the capitals of America, and many countries in Europe, as in Saint Petersburg (Hermitage), Moscow, Prague, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona and Warsaw.

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