Friday, August 10, 2012

Sweet Dreams, Inspired by Guayasamin, by k Madison Moore

Sweet Dreams
Inspired by Oswaldo Guayasamin


Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

14 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas

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14 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas

I love the passion of Guayasamin!! 
 With all that he saw and was exposed
 to he still found sweet moments.

Oswaldo Guayasamín (6 July 1919, Quinto, Equador – 10 March 1999, Baltimore, United States was a Quechua  native and Ecuadorian  master painter and sculptor.

Oswaldo Guayasamín was born in Quito, to a native father and a Mestiza  mother, both of Quechua descent. His family was poor and his father worked as a carpenter for most of his life. He later worked as a taxi and truck driver. He was the first child of ten children in his family. When he was young, he enjoyed drawing caricatures of his teachers and the children that he played with. He showed an early love for art. He created a Pan-American art of human and social inequalities which achieved international recognition.

He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Quito as a painter and  sculptor. He also studied architecture there. He held his first exhibition when he was 23, in 1942. While he was attending college, his best friend died during a demonstration in Quito. This incident would later inspire one of his paintings, "Los Niños Muertos." This event also helped him to form his vision about the people and the society that he lived in.

Guayasamín met Orozco while traveling in the United States of America and Mexico from 1942 to 1943. They traveled together to many of the diverse countries in South America. They visited Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and other countries. Through these travels he observed the indigenous lifestyle and poverty that appeared in his paintings.

Guayasamín's images capture the political oppression, racism, poverty, and class division found in much of South America..
Oswaldo Guayasamín dedicated his life to painting, sculpting, collecting. however,  His death on March 10, 1999 was marked by a day of national strikes by the indigenous people (whom he spent his life supporting) and other sectors of society, and was considered a great loss to Ecuador. He is still lauded as a national treasure.


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