December 2010

Gildaro Antezana

More than 100 paintings and sketches of one of the greatest Bolivian painters will be on expo until December 23rd at the Centro Pedagógico y Cultural Simón I. Patiño, Calle Potosi # 1450..

Marina Gracia Ovando
Cochabamba

The trees seem to move with the wind and the grain fi elds shine on the borders of the hills. In the city simple people like a lavandera or a violetera carry the weight of life on their backs as they walk with melancholy. In another, the gamecocks tear apart their lives in a fearless fi ght for victory. Th ese are some of the images that can be seen in "Gallero, Gildaro Antezana"

Gildaro Antezana (1939 – 1976) is a highlight artist of Bolivian painting. His biography says that by the age of 11 he came from his hometown (Chinchiri - Ayopaya) to the city walking. Th at was a 90 km journey. Maybe that was the moment when Gildaro Antezana eyes were impregnated with the images of pure nature, people and customs. Later with his studies in the art academy Raul G. Prada and, with his natural artistic skills, amazing creations came to life.

Perhaps the series of paintings Girasoles and Gallos are the most commonly known. But the truth is that in his short life (he died only when he was 37 years old) he created many other series such as Sapos (frogs), Caytano (principal character in cock fights), Tunas (local cactus), landscapes and portraits among others.

All the paintings carry intensity and force in the images and colors. For example, all the dramatic emotions of a defeat can be seen in Derrota. In the series of Caytano one can see the solitude and self questioning expressed in grey colours. At the same time there is always a cock or a skinny dog next to Caytano with the same uneasy expression of worry. But there is also energy and movement in Riña de Gallos and there is light in the Jacaranda and Chillijchi, in Sunflowers, in landscapes.

Gildaro Antezana found a way of expressing the reality of common people through his painting. Although he did not sometimes have means to support his family and work he used what he had in hand to create. He painted on canvas or fabric, he used paper or even boxes, pen, or pencils but he never stopped and he kept on creating.

This exposition joins part of that huge artistic work. It is an effort of the Cento Pedagógico y Cultural Simón I. Patiño, the Museo Nacional de Arte and the Antezana family to remember and honour the talent of this man.

Gildaro Antezana found a way of expressing the reality of common people through his painting.

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