Oswaldo Guayasamin

Oswaldo Guayasamín was an Ecuadorian artist whose work is characterized by its Expressionism -styled depictions of Latin American people. The artist focused especially on portraying the rampant oppression, poverty, and political strife he witnessed growing up. Born on July 6, 1919 in Quito, Ecuador to parents of Quechua descent. Guayasamín showed a passion for art from an early age, and went on to attend the School of Fine Arts in Quito. The artist’s subsequent rise to prominence came about with his exhibition at the Salón Nacional de Acuarelistas y Dibujantes in 1948. Followed by shows at the São Paulo Biennial, the Luxembourg Palace in Paris, and the Palais de Glace in Buenos Aires. Guayasamín is considered by some to be a national hero, his legacy includes the completion of La Capilla del Hombre, a chapel remembering the mistreatment of indigenous peoples in Latin America. During his life Guayasmín befriended the famed writers Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and Pablo Neruda. The artist died on March 10, 1999 in Baltimore, MD. He once said “Mantengan encendida una luz que siempre voy a volver,” or “Keep a light burning for I will always return.” His murals can be seen at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and at Adolfo Suárez Airport in Madrid.(1959), “Toro-Cóndor” (1960), entre otros. En 1967 reemplaza a Marta Traba [1] en la dirección del Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, pero luego viajaría de nuevo a la Costa Caribe, a Cartagena. Durante este periodo realizó algunos murales, y obras que exhibió en Nueva York. En Cartagena viviría hasta su muerte en 1992. Fue sepultado en el mausoleo de la familia Obregón en el cementerio Universal de Barranquilla.

Oswaldo Guayasamin - Galería Duque Arango

Cabeza y Mano

Date: 1980
Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Size cm: 120 x 100 cm

Oswaldo Guayasamin - Madre y Niño - Galería Duque Arango

Madre y Niño

Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Date: 1987
Size cm: 100 x 80 cm


Technique:Acrylic on canvas
Date: 1978
Size cm: 70 x 70 cm

Oswaldo Guayasamin - Cabeza y Mano  - Galería Duque Arango

Cabeza y Mano

Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Date: 1987
Size cm: 130 x 80 cm

Oswaldo Guayasamin - Cabeza de Niño con Mano  - Galería Duque Arango

Cabeza de Niño con Mano

Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Date: 1986
Size cm: 57 x 76 cm