|Eduardo Kingman |
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"Sitting Figure(Woman In Brown)"
Oil on canvas
39 x 30 inches
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Eduardo Kingman was born February 3, 1913 in Loja, Ecuador and studied at the Esceula de Bellas Artes in Quito and several other institutions in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and the United States. Kingman later returned to the Escuela de Bellas Artes to teach and also served as the Director of the Museum of Colonial Art in Quito.
Kingman's paintings represented a new generation of ideas in politics, literature and art. He was committed to presenting social messages on a figurative aesthetic plane. His works convey a solitary emotional state, not unlike Kingman's personality. The artist lived an isolated and secluded lifestyle, submerging himself in the color and creation of his art to produce a strong and expressive body of work. Kingman’s paintings are often characterized by the large and powerful hands of his characters, a restless symbol of strength, for what he gained a reputation as “the painter of hands.” They represented the strength, struggle, work, sacrifice, pain and love of Native Ecuadorians.
In 1940, Kingman founded the Caspicara Gallery in Quito which became an artistic venue and meeting place for many Latin American artists. The work of Eduardo Kingman has been featured in exhibitions in Paris, Washington, San Francisco and Mexico. Eduardo Kingman is one of the best-known artists to emerge from Ecuador in the 20th century. Eduardo Kingman died in 1997.
Gretchen Van Camp, Latin American Art/Art Cellar Exchange