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
Photo: Free Walks Loja
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 email@example.com facebook.com/FreewalksLojaec/ Free Walks Loja Blog
PUBLIC GALLERY - City Gate of Loja (Museo Puerta de la Ciudad)
Mission statement: “To promote the arts and provide the artist with the right physical and modern space to promote the various cultural manifestations of plastic arts, through high quality traveling exhibitions.”
Spread vertically over three floors are three exhibition areas. New exhibits monthly.
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 8 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 8 pm
Sundays: 9 am to 7 pm
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."