Last year I posted on Oswaldo Guayasamín, an artist whom I like very much. He’s considered the Ecuadorian Picasso and you’ll see reproductions of his work everywhere, on postcards, T-shirts, in restaurants, and some of them are really poor knockoffs.
His home overlooking Quito is now a museum, not only of his art but of the many pre-Columbian artifacts that he had collected. Put that on your list.
Eduardo Kingman shows up everywhere too, and as I remember there are knock-offs of his work in the stairwell of the hotel La Carolina, where we stay while coming and going through Quito.
Some of the imitations of Kingman’s work can get pretty wild, as you can imagine by this popular painting by him, below.
I’ll include a few others with typical styles often seen in Otavalo at the outdoor markets.
This one is by Ariela Boronat, Otavalo Girl :
The following is by Tarquino Mejía, Otavalo Natives. The woman is wearing semi-traditional dress and the girl sports a baseball cap.
This one interests me not only for the cartoonish style but for the subliminal image of the flag of Ecuador, yellow over blue over red. Do you see it?
And the flag of Ecuador for proof!
The following of Madonna and Child is from the dining room of the hotel where we stayed in Ibarra several years ago. Notice the Andean pan-pipes that the musician is playing for the baby Jesus.