Enrique Grau

Enrique Grau was born in Panama City on December 18, 1920. He was a Colombian painter, known for his portraits of Amerindian and Afro-Colombian figures. He won the National Artists Hall of Colombia. Grau was a member of the triumvirate of important Colombian artists of the twentieth century that included Fernando Botero and Alejandro Obregón.

In the early 1940s he studied at the Art Students League in New York, thanks to a scholarship granted by the president of the republic, who contributed for the young talent when he won the Honorable Mention in the newly created National Artists Hall of Colombia. In 1956 he traveled to Italy, where he learned painting techniques at the San Marco School of Fine Arts, Florence. After this he returned to Colombia.

His associations with white, black and indigenous figures brought him to international fame, making art exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Grau donated 1,300 of his works of art (including some of other artists) to the city of Cartagena; These were used for a museum in his honor opened at the end of 2004.

Enrique Grau - Galería Duque Arango

Las dos Amigas

Date: 1971
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 110 x 110 cm

Niña en la Playa

Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Date: 1973
Size inch: 43 3/10 x 55 1/10 in
size cm: 110 x 140 cm