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
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."
One need not go far in Loja to encounter contemporary art - many walls throughout the city are host to a variety of visuals.
The history of murals in Loja dates back into the 19th century with interior decoration of the churches. Murals have been used as a means to publically tell stories about history, religion, politics, and folklife since then. The contemporary art that we consider today as more "typical" large-scale muralistic decoration in the city began in the early 1970's.
You will still discover "official" (government sponsored) murals depicting historical figures and events, but the more exciting finds crop up in unexpected places - like temporary barrier walls around construction sites, people's privately walled gardens, playgrounds, and other unique areas. You will also come across interior murals in quite a number of buildings.
While some murals are permanent mosaics of tile, most use paint for the medium. The climate of Lo…