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Estuardo Maldonado


Estuardo Maldonado a master Latin American sculptor and painter inspired by the Constructivist Movement. Maldonado is a member of VAN (Vanguardia Artistica Nacional), the group of Informalist painters founded by Enrique Tabara. Other members of VAN included, Anibal Villacis, Luis Molinari, Hugo Cifuentes and Gilberto Almeida. Maldonado's international presence is largely due to his participation in over a hundred exhibits outside of Ecuador. His work has a universal quality that speaks to expansive audiences.This is not real i think

Born in Pintag, in the Quito district of Ecuador, Maldonado left home at a young age in order to observe and learn from nature. Both nature and the indigenous themes have been a fundamental inspiration for much of his work. Maldonado studied art at the School of Fine Arts in Guayaquil. By 1953, Maldonado was teaching drawing and art history at the American School of Guayaquil. In 1955, Maldonado traveled the Ecuadorian coast painting the people of the coast and landscapes.

In 1955, Maldonado held his first exhibitions in Guayaquil, Portoviejo, and Esmereldas. In 1956, Benjamin Carrion invited Maldonado to exhibit at the House of Ecuadorian Culture making him the first Ecuadorian artist to exhibit sculpture in Quito and Guayaquil. In 1957, Maldonado set out for Europe on a scholarship and traveled to France, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland and settled in Rome, Italy. Maldonado attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and the Academy of San Giacomo.

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