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Estuardo Maldonado

Estuardo Maldonado (born 1930 Pintagmarker, Ecuadormarker) a master Latin American sculptor and painter inspired by the Constructivist Movement. Maldonado is a member of VAN (Vanguardia Artística Nacional), the group of Informalist painters founded by Enrique Tábara. Other members of VAN included, Aníbal Villacís, Luis Molinari, Hugo Cifuentes and Gilberto Almeida. Maldonado's international presence is largely due to his participation in over a hundred exhibits outside of Ecuadormarker. His work has a universal quality that speaks to expansive audiences.This is not real i think

Born in Píntagmarker, in the Quitomarker 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 Francemarker, Germanymarker, Switzerlandmarker, and Hollandmarker and settled in Romemarker, Italymarker. Maldonado attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and the Academy of San Giacomo.

Maldonado's work depicts abstractions of nature. His ancestral roots are also evident in some of his works based on Pre-Columbian imagery from his native Andean zone. At the same time, he is interested in the palpitation of the evolving Universe. It is because of this inherent curiosity with advancement and history that he has a place within the Latin American Constructivist art movement.

Vladimir Tatlin founded Constructivism in Russiamarker in 1913. Influenced by Futurism and Cubism, this movement is based on abstract, geometric forms and is related to architectural ideas. The Constructivist Movement made its way into Latin America by way of Joaquin Torres Garcia and Manuel Rendón. Constructive Universalism is an innovative style created by Joaquín Torres García who after living in Europe for over forty years, returned to his native land, Uruguaymarker and brought with him new artistic concepts. Constructive Universalism combines references to the Pre-Columbian world with the geometric forms of European Constructivism.

Maldonado's work has been celebrated throughout the world for successfully combining nature with innovation while addressing the relationship to his Andean roots.

Museums and exhibitions

  • 1956 - House of Ecuadorian Culture, Guayaquilmarker, Ecuadormarker
  • 1964 - Biennial of Venice, Venicemarker, Italymarker
  • 1974 - Center for the International Studies of Constructivist Art, Bonnmarker, Germanymarker
  • 1974 - Marcon IV Gallery, Romemarker, Italymarker
  • 1985 - First Latin American Symposium of Sculpture of Santo Domingomarker, Dominican Republicmarker
  • 1985 - Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American Statesmarker (OAS), Washington, D.C.marker
  • 1986 - Ecuadorian Embassy, Port au Princemarker, Haitimarker
  • 1987 - I Biennial International Painting of River Basin, River Basin, Ecuador
  • 1988 - XX Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulomarker, Brazilmarker
  • 1991 - Masters of Latin America, Nagoya, Japanmarker
  • 1994 - Gallery of Nadar Art, Dominican Republicmarker
  • 1998 - Museum of Italian Art, Limamarker, Perumarker
  • 2000 - Pontifica Catholic University of Ecuador
  • 2000 - Mueum of Modern Art, Santiago, Chilemarker
  • 2000 - Exhibition, Perth, Western Australiamarker
  • 2001 - Exposición Centro Cultural Metropolitano de Quito, Ecuador.
  • 2002 - Antología"1945-2002", Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador.
  • 2002 - Sala Municipal de Exposiciones de Valencia. L’Almudí.Valencia. España
  • 2003 - Museo Luis Gonzalez Robles Alcala de Henares. Madrid. España
  • 2004 - Banco Central del Ecuador. Quito, Washington.
  • 2004 - Galería Arte Jorge Ontiveros. Madrid. España
  • 2004 - Sala Ayuntamiento L’Olleria. Valencia. España
  • 2005 - Exposición en Chicago. Galería Aldo Castillo.
  • 2005 - Fundación Jaume II el Just. Real Monasterio Santa Maria Valldigna. Generalitat Valenciana (Simat de Valldigna).
  • 2005 - Sala Exposiciones Ayuntamiento de Elche. Alicante. España
  • 2005 - Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker, USA
  • 2006 - The Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, D.C.marker, USAmarker
  • 2006 - Sala Autoral, Estuardo Maldonado, Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneomarker (MAAC), Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2007 - Galeria de Arte "CosmoArte Siglo XXV". Alcante. España
  • 2008 - Ministry of Foreign Trade and Integration - Ecuadorian Embassy in Germany, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2008 - ArtMadrid. Madrid. España
  • 2008 - Sala de Exposiciones Parque de atracciones “Terra Mitica” .Benidorm. Alicante. España
  • 2008 - Expo Zaragoza 2008. Pabellón de las Artes de Telefónica. Zaragoza. España


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