Speaking of heritage artwork in Ecuador that you may want to take back home with you, I’d like to introduce to you a certain Eduardo Vega. One of the country’s foremost potters, Eduardo Vega is sure to impress you on your visit to Cuenca, or so I’d like to conjecture. Here, you’ll be able to discover the master’s gallery and workshop, located in his own home, which incidentally is only a few steps away from a nice sightseeing stop, Turi Church. The lookout point offers the most spectacular view of the city of Cuenca.
Photo: Ilan Greenfield
Back in the 1980s, Quito still used to be a quiet town past 8 pm. Quiteños were known to shy away from the cool evening winds that dominate the city’s altitude of 2800 meters above sea level, retiring to their homes as soon as the sun went down, warming up in front of their fireplaces, under their heavy llama-wool covers. But one fine day, everything changed, and an animated nightlife (with all the necessary party lights, dance floors, amps and turntables) was born.
Photo: photo courtesy of Natalie Southwick
With its long tradition of regional art, world-class museums and rising street artists, Colombia is making a name for itself in the international art scene. Artists like Fernando Botero have been well-known for decades, but the country’s artistic soul goes far beyond paintings and sculptures of larger-than-life figures. The major cities have been expanding their artistic offerings in recent years, and none more so than Bogotá, which seems to have decided that the end of the year is all about art. There are artsy events taking place just about every week, but the creative folks get especially busy toward the end of October, and will stay that way into the holiday season. A few past, present and future highlights of the capital city’s artistic months:
Photo: TOON Books
A pair of exciting new projects – the English-language début of Argentina’s most famous cartoonist and an upcoming documentary exposing Buenos Aires’ vibrant street art scene – are pushing Argentine artists into the international spotlight.
Photo: Asocación Mario Testino
As I said before, Lima is becoming a vibrant city with many things happening around.
Since last July a restored 19th century mansion located in Lima´s bohemian district of Barranco has hosted MATE – Asociación Mario Testino. MATE is a non-profit organization founded by the famous photographer Mario Testino, which promotes artistic and cultural exchange among local and international artists.
Photo: Lance Brashear
Quito is a little more colorful starting this month, but don’t be surprised if you fail to take notice. Even though the new urban art project launched for 2013 covers nearly 4,000 square meters of public space (painted on bridges, cross walks, tunnels and walls), many people seem not to notice it.
Photo: Ileana Viteri Gallery
Great art is not only to be found in the halls of Europe´s great museums. Latin America has an art tradition dating back almost half a millennium, influenced in part by the great masters of the old world. And stemming from that tradition, Latin America, and Ecuador in particular, have produced renowned modern artists as well.
Photo: La Bodega Verde
Lima is a huge city with a population of almost 9 million “Limeños”. As in any big city there are interesting things happening all around. But where to go if you have a free day? Don’t worry, I will give you recommendations on culture, gastronomy, and nature that you can enjoy walking or by bike.