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February 15, 2008
Media Advisory - Discover Ecuadorian art at City Hall
As part of a Friendship City agreement between Toronto and the City of Quito (Ecuador), the City and the Ecuadorians Association of Ontario will host the opening ceremonies for an Ecuadorian art exhibit at City Hall. The exhibit will feature prominent Ecuadorian artists from both Ecuador and Toronto, with works that combine indigenous creativity and the ancestral inheritance of Ecuador.

Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

The exhibit will be on display from February 19 to 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featured artists include: Carlos Aranha, Edisson Rafael Beltrán Beltrán, Gustavo Mosquera, Jose Homero Guevara Parra, Ayo Brothers, Antonio Arias, José Muñoz Rodríguez, Rosy Revelo, Ximena Jaramillo and Luis Alfredo Andrade.

Biographies of the featured artists are below.

The City of Toronto and the City of Quito formed a Friendship Agreement in 2006 to promote cultural understanding, educational exchange and economic relations between the two countries.

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Artist Biographies - Ecuadorian Art Exhibit

Carlos Aranha
Born to a family of artists and intellectuals in one of the most scenic countries in the world, Carlos Aranha began to develop his extraordinary artistic abilities from a very young age. While the talent that surrounded him in his formative years and the rich diversity of the Ecuadorian landscape may have been what inspired his artistic pursuits initially, it is his passion for ideas and his thirst for new methods of self-expression that were, and always have been his primary driving forces as an artist.

  • Dance of Joy
  • Dancer’s Dreams
  • Farmer
  • Playful Time

    Edisson Rafael Beltrán Beltrán
    Born in Ecuador on January 24, 1976, Edisson studied town-planning architecture in the Central University of Ecuador. All his work is done in copper and reflects harmony, nature, spirit and new forms of expression that are full of energy and purity. Edisson is always looking for the plenitude in space and nature, relating his work to the sun, the water and all the natural elements that are in conjunction with the color and movement as he creates a new and deep message.

  • Wake of the Dragon
  • Danzer
  • Balance
  • Badges

    Gustavo Mosquera
    Born in Patate Ecuador in 1962, Gustavo’s first studies in art were in the workshop of his teacher, Endara Crow. He is an artist with great talent and it is captured through his work. Gustavo’s art displays the beauty of the Ecuadorian people where he mixes reality with imagination. The use of vivid colors put the touch of happiness to his extraordinary works.

  • Time of Celebration
  • The Earth Gives Fruits

    Jose Homero Guevara Parra
    Jose Homero Guevara Parra was born in Ambato in 1962, and graduated from the University Tegnologica Equinoccial. Jose is a simple man with a warm smile that flows almost wild in the middle of his kind face. He utilizes his family roots and life experiences as an inspiration for his works.

  • Woman that Wanted to be a Tree
  • Garden in the Golden Light
  • Orange Tree
  • Celestial Woman
  • Butterfly
  • Vase
  • The Orange Early Riser
  • The Orange Early Riser with Green
  • The Volcano
  • Spring Romance
  • The Houses
  • Mountains

    Ayo Brothers
    Luis Ernesto was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1972, and his brother Luis Amilcar was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1969. Both are self-educated within multiple studies. The Ayo brothers were introduced to painting through technical drawings and restoration projects which they were exposed to in the workshop of their teacher Endara Crow in 1989. Since then they have been part of many individual and collective exhibitions.

  • The Purity of the Mud
  • The Island is a Treasure
  • Andean Woman
  • Woman with Moon
  • Cooked Mud
  • Caritas

    Antonio Arias
    Antonio Arias was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1944. He studies at the Institute of Arts and Crafts, Casa de la Cultura from 1970 to date. He has participated in 52 collective exhibitions in and out of the country. The work of this artist exhibits deep contrast, which finds a harmonic synthesis through the qualities and equilibriums of its construction.

    José Muñoz Rodríguez
    José studied Fine Arts at the Pivate College Casa de la Cultura Nucleo Los Ríos, Babahoyo-Ecuador from 1991 to 1995. In 1995 he was granted his Masters in Plastic Arts by the Casa de la Cultura Nucleo Los Rios.

    As a Plástic Artist he realized his artistic works in painting and sculpture for personal creation and for individual commission. From 1991 to 2007 he has participated in 22 individual exhibitions in several cities of Ecuador and in six international including Spain and Germany.

    Rosy Revelo
    Born in Ibarra, Ecuador in 1965, she obtained her degree in Plástic Arts at the Central University of Ecuador in 1989. Rosy travels to Switzerland and Spain where she carries out studies in the shop of Art Contructivista Joaquin Torres Garcia. At present she directs at the Gallery Studio Rosy Revelo in Quito.

  • Amen
  • We Are
  • Of Knees
  • Of Brads
  • Dust you Are
  • Burial

    Ximena Jaramillo
    Born in Toronto and raised by her Ecuadorian Mother, Ximena has been involved in fine arts for eight years. She gained a solid foundation in the fundamentals of art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She also studied interior design at the Academy of Design and Technology. Her creative passion is seen through her vivid use of colour and subject matter. Inspired by nature and architecture, her work has a very eclectic look.

    “Art to me is like alchemy; it is magical and mysterious and formulates into gold. It is a rush of energy entering my body, tickling my brain, touching my heart, intensifying my senses and releasing out through my paintbrush on to my canvas. Art is my escape of reality and the open door to my imagination.”

  • Twisted
  • Perdida
  • Cinque
  • Gazing into a Dream
  • Succumbed
  • Somewhere Out There

    Luis Alfredo Andrade
    Luis Alfredo Andrade was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and is one of the most distinguished Ecuadorian artists of our time. It is rare to find the talent, vision and depth that this teacher of the arts possesses. The stages of the whole American continent have vibrated with the light and energy of this big artist. Luis Alfredo Andrade transmits his brilliance through his performances as an actor, writer and artist.

  • Scenery
  • Vilcabamba
  • Carmen

    Media contact:

    Toronto Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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