Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Oswaldo Guayasamin

Guayasamín 1919-1999, Quito-Ecuador.
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Rebekit said...

these are mind blowing gorgeous.

Thanx for introducing me to these


1 said...

always been fascinated by him and other latin american masters. interesting to see the heavy european influences with obvious unique interpretations of concepts that were explored by many in his time. he brought a unique life to geometric expression...the colors, certainly speak of his singular experience.

(btw, you have great taste)

Oscar Grillo said...

Dios mio. Que artistazo!!!...Yo solo conocia apenas unas cositas de un libro pero esto es todo una revelacion!

Process Junkie said...

Oswaldo was an amazing, genuine artist and teller of truths, towards the last years of his life however, he became (IMO) a cartoon of himself, he merely repeated his successes and became a money making institution, he was more interested in making jewelery and pottery, the fancy Guayasamin galleries starting popping up and churning product mostly geared towards the rich foreign collector and tourists, kind of sad.

I like the work he did in the 50's and 60's, he always had a keen sense for design. As g.d. pointed out, Oswaldo and most notably, Rufino Tamayo were heavily influenced by the german expressionists and other Europeans, Guayasamin being the most geometric of the two felt right at home with them as a painter of "protesta", also his colors were always brighter, even when he painted those horrific faces of " The Age of The Wrath" series ("La edad de la Ira") and at the same time they both owed a lot to the muralist school (Rivera, Siqueiros) I found it a bit ironic that they were the most "European" of most of their contemporaries only because they were both of pure indigenous blood.

Rebekit said...

the second piece and the one with the viola are my favorite I think I am gonna put this one up on my wall.

also on a subject of your playlist. It's my favorite to date.

Process Junkie said...

I think you like all the songs that have the word 'monkey' in them :) just kidding, I can get you a bigger scan of the ones you like, let me know.

Rebekit said...

these are the ones I would like, gracias mi amigo!



I wish I had you as a professor when I was in art school. I'd probably know how to draw by now :)

BTW monkey : I'm learning spanish by singing the spanish songs, I'm hurting peoples ear drums, but I'm learning.

sean said...

so! much! power! I haven't felt that kind of haunting energy since I discovered Shiele way back when. Thanks for sharing it with us!

rubio2d said...

Qué bueno, que gran descubrimiento me has hecho!! Menudo artistazo! thanks a lot, Alberto.

manucha said...

La sensibilidad, solidez y fuerza de los manos me toca profundamente.
De Corazon. . .

william wray said...

I'm getting the book thanks for finding another great one Alberto.

martin wittig said...

These are awesome! --Thanks for posting them.

Sheri Burhoe said...

Very Interesting pieces, I enjoyed looking through them !

alex noriega said...

Sometimes I wish Guayasamin was my father! great post!

Anonymous said...

actually the galleries that "started popping up" are to culturize the people of his country, he was not selling out mearly trying to build up a country (by adding his little grain) that was torn apart so many years ago by the invasion of the Spanish. every school or gallery that was built with his name is to build the country into something more than a third world whatever in South America. By using his name on all these things he is giving the coutry a slightly higher status, using his own fame to elevate the country as well. And the images in his paintings are painted in this maner as a throw back to the indiginous people of that area. The faces are very similar to art done by the Incas, Quichua, and other native indian people of the area. Viva Guayasamin, y VIVA ECUADOR.

Process Junkie said...

That's your opinion and I respect it but I don't subscribe to it. I'm not insulting the man, I really did admire him, I was born and raised in Ecuador and I lived there half my life, my observations have to do with what I have seen and preceived and by looking at his works objectively not because I read what someone else wrote.

Towards the end of his career there was nothing remotely different, new or vital about his work, just repetition, I speak from my own experience having seen his art, myself.

I think he did a lot of good to put Ecuador on the map and to raise the awareness of Ecuadorian art and its artists but I also think he sold out in the end, that's my opinion.

Every gallery with his name does a great diservice to the country by encouraging sameness and repetition, in Ecuador 90 percent of the artists paint the same themes over and over, they all mimic and nobody creates. Everybody draws and paint indigenous themes for money. You call that "culturizing"?

Thanks for commenting, next time show your real name, I dislike anonymity.