May 2017

The Spirit of Osvaldo Sánchez Terrazas

LIVES ON IN FIRST MEMORIAL PAINTING COMPETITION

By: Jeffrey Coleman
Projects Abroad Volunteer

Family of the deceased painter establishes artistic competition to commemorate the life of Oswaldo Sánchez Terrazas (1924 – 2012)


Photos by: Courtesy of Villa Recreo

While the life of painter, sculptor, and poet Osvaldo Sánchez Terrazas was marked by his personal commitment to artistic expression, an art competition at his estate in Tarata recently memorialized his artistic accomplishments by bringing together 50 artists from Bolivia, Peru, and Sweden. The contest was designed by his wife and children with the intent of promoting artistic expression and intercultural practices. "The purpose is to generate a space … so that all painters of Bolivia can share their art, paint, and experiences," says Walter Sánchez, son of Osvaldo and one of the organizers of the contest. The competition consisted of two separate works by the participating artists. One work was an in-process painting created on the spot in the area of Villa Recreo and Tarata. The second was a work previously created and exhibited between the dates of February 3rd and 5th, 2017. "The work in Villa Recreo was a vital experience for the artists," says Walter.

Most participants in the contest were from Cochabamba, though other cities such as La Paz and Santa Cruz were well represented. Among the notable artists registered were Remy Daza Rojas, Sansuste Zapata, Rosmery Mamani Ventura, Ramiro Baptista Revilla, and Vidal Cusi. "The number of artists surpassed expectations," reflected Walter, "A maximum of 30 high-level artists from all over Bolivia were expected. However, there were 50 participants even from abroad. The masters, but also the new generations with new aesthetics and techniques." The jury was comprised of three well established artists: Juan Terrazas, Fernando Ugalde, and Renato Estrada and two family members (Enriqueta Canedo Vda., and Walter Sánchez Canedo).


Photos by: Ximena Noya

"The purpose is to generate a space … so that all painters of Bolivia can share their art, paint, and experiences," says Walter Sánchez


Photos by: Ximena Noya

"I was most impressed with the high quality of the painters and their professionalism," states Walter. "The contest involved two paintings. The objective of this modality was to appreciate the sensitivity, the technique, the ability of the artists to capture the aesthetic of their surroundings, whether landscape, social, architectural, etc. In this sense, works of great quality were painted."

The winner of this year's contest was Rosemary Mamani of La Paz for a work titled "A corner of Don Osvaldo." The work is a mixed medium painting portraying a sink in an entrance in Villa Recreo and was created between February 3rd and 4th. "What struck me about the work is that there is no embellishment or ostentatious presentation. No metaphor. The forms of the objects are clear. It does not give rise to any confusion," explained Walter when asked about what differentiated the winning piece from the others. "It stands out for its minimal character, a language deployed from the 1960s and 1970s by American artists like Andy Warhol, Tom Wasselman and others - and now has its return."


Photos by: Courtesy of Villa Recreo

"What struck me about the work is that there is no embellishment or ostentatious presentation. No metaphor. The forms of the objects are clear. It does not give rise to any confusion,"

With the success of this first competition, organizers are committed making it an annual event. "As the competition exceeded expectations, I am sure that next year there will be more participants," said Walter.

"Having a contest's location such as in a residence and in a space for sharing, I think that it is important that international artists be able to participate," said Walter regarding the importance of expanding the competition to include a broad mix of Bolivian and foreign artists. "It would be a great opportunity … for our local painters to be nourished by new sensitivities, new pictorial languages, and so on. Art is essentially the possibility of not only expressing on canvas or on a medium, but also linking with the vitality of life. International artists will be welcome,"

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