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Oswaldo Guayasamin
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    (July 6, 1919-March 10, 1999)
    Born in Quito, Ecuador
    Painter, sculptor, and jewelry designer who incorporated Pre-Columbian American elements into his artwork
    Painted 'The Accident' (1941), 'The Dead Children' (1941), 'Green Quito' (1948), 'The Discovery of the Amazon River' (1958), 'History of Man and Culture' (1958), 'The Hands of Terror' (1973), 'The Tortured' (1976-1977), 'The Lovers' (1989), 'Rigoberta Menchú' (1996)
    Named Vice President and then President of the Quito House of Culture (1973)
    Awarded Premio Eugenio Espejo (1991)
    Died in Baltimore, Maryland
    Last artwork, 'The Chapel of Man', finished posthumously (2002)
    He drew caricatures of his teachers and childhood friends as a child.
    He supported Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution.
    One of his murals depicting Ecuadorian history portrayed a man wearing a Nazi helmet with the words CIA on it.
    His death was followed by strikes caused by the indigenous people.
    He grew up poor.
    His father abused him as a child.
    He endured racism because of his mixed heritage (his father was a Quechua Indian and his mother a mestizo).
    He sold his paintings to tourists in order to finance his studies.
    'The Dead Children' was painted in memory of his best friend who died in a demonstration.
    Many of his paintings are displayed in public places throughout Europe and the Americas other than art galleries.

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