The who, what, where, and when of a vibrant developing contemporary art scene in Loja, the "Cuna de artisitas" "cradle of artists."
GUIDE / FIXER - Jonathan Poma
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Jonathan Poma is a young tourism entrepreneur in Loja. President, operator, and co-founder with Kevin Rohoden of Free Walks Loja Tours, Jonathan is also a fixer and private tour specialist for Southern Ecuador. A graduate of Loja's National University with a Bachelor of TESOL and Tourism Management, and fluent in Spanish and English, Jonathan will guide you through the vibrant and growing visual arts scene in Loja. His services include contacting artists; guiding visitors, art collectors and dealers; and providing live interpreting services in Spanish and English. Jonathan can be reached 24/7 to answer your travel, tour, and accommodation questions for Loja and Southern Ecuador. Contact Jonathan at: 593997953568 593986745994 firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/FreewalksLojaec/ Free Walks Loja Blog
ARTIST - Gabriela (Gaby) Jaramillo Soto (1997 - ) Studies plastic arts at Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). Recent exhibitions include "Mizizi" roots Samay Ayapash-soul and spirit (“MIZIZI” RAÍCES SAMAY AYAPASH- ALMA Y ESPÍRITU) and "Ancient Ancestral Art" (Arte Anígena Ancestral) in 2019. Artist quotes: "My art is indigenous-Ancestral and social cut. The proposal I'm finally developing is an ancestral tribute. All that hidden memory, which for some reason is lost, I rescue it. Every proposal becomes autobiographical. I've looked inside of me to find myself. That land is where I grew up and has its story." "I just know that I give the best of me that I give everything I can and I have, I fight, I effort, someday everything will be worth it." Ñawikuna (Faces) facebook.com/gaby.soto instagram.com/gabie
"Mano Grande" (Big Hands), 1981 ARTIST - Eduardo Kingman Riofrío (1913 - 1997) Born in Loja, Eduardo is known as "the painter of hands" and was regarded as one of the masters of twentieth century expressionism. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Quito, with stops in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, and in the United States at the San Francisco Art Institute. Eventually he received a chair at the same institute, was the director of Quito's Colonial Art Museum, and a owned private gallery also in Quito. While living in Quito, he became the protege of other famous Lojanos like writers Bejamin Carrion and Pablo Palacio. His lithographs, woodcuts, and paintings concentrated on the social realities of Ecuador's indigenous people. The artisit's deeply humanistic style captured the range of emotions from anguish, anger, and impotence in the face of injustice, to the quieter feelings of tenderness and devotion. As well as painting, Eduardo wrote a
ARTIST - Anabel Robles Recent exhibitions include "VI Collective Exhibition Arte-Mujer" 2018 in the Sala Eduardo Kingman , and "Wabi-Sabi" in the Casona Cultural 2018. "Esencia" (Essence) facebook.com/anikaanabel.robles instagram.com/anabel_robles