Oswaldo Guayasamin

by Jacqueline from Cedar Grove

Bernard Malamud once said, “Without heroes we’re all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” Heroes inspire people to find the positive qualities they possess and inspire them to change their lives. Also heroes should make a difference in someone’s life, have the ability to be a role model to others and be extraordinary. A hero has many qualities such as being talented, helpful and inspiring. A hero that inspires people was Oswaldo Guayasamin, an artist of Ecuador.

Oswaldo Guayasamin was born in 1919 and died in 1999. Oswaldo graduated from The School of Fine Art as a painter and sculptor. He also achieved, in his youth, all National Awards. The awards were The Grand Award of Spain and The Grand Award of Sao Paulo. Today many of his works are shown in museums around the world.

Guayasamin did an entire work for peace. He won an award for his work from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Oswaldo’s images show the racism and class division going on in South America. He created these images to let people know what was going on, so people could help prevent it. He dedicated his life to fighting injustice.

Talented, helpful, and inspiring are qualities that Oswaldo possessed. He was very talented in sculpting and painting. Guayasamin was very helpful because he helped draw attention to the racism in South America. He was inspiring because he inspired me to become an artist just like him.

In conclusion, a hero is someone that helps and inspires people. A hero is someone that has achieved a great deed. One hero that helped, inspired, and achieved a great deed is Oswaldo Guayasamin an artist from Ecuador, who drew attention to racism in South America. A hero like Oswaldo Guayasamin will always be remembered for what he accomplished.

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Last edited 7/12/2019 3:30:41 PM

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Related Links

The Chapel of Man - "Guayasamin dedicates this work to the man and his feelings: pain, tears, songs, anger, protest, dreams, violence, fight, heroism, sacrifice and victory."
Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin - Museum of Latin American Art Exhibition
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) - A Bridge to the Americas - presents more than 100 works of art that reflect the diversity, individuality and universality of the Latin American artists from MOLAA’s permanent collection.
UNESCO - advocates Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication as the means to building peace in the minds of men.

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About Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919-1999) ~

"He was a man of Latin American conviction and a fighter for democracy. His work reflects his deep commitment to social progress and to people who have been ignored and exploited. America loses one of the most outstanding men in the world of art but also one of the most loyal and humanistic ones that our America has produced in its entire history. There is no word to express the feelings and memories I have and will always have about this man who has given his best for our people. His memory will stay with us and will be a permanent encouragement for those who seek a better future for humanity."

Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nobel Peace Prize Winner