Seeing Guayasamin


by Paul Dosh, 8/1/08 • This morning, Andrea, Araminta, James and I went to the museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, the most famous Ecuadorian painter who was named the official painter of Ibero America.

This blog is written as its authors work on a new research project titled “Women on the Frontlines: Resource Battles, Popular Movements, and Gender Dynamics in Bolivia and Ecuador.” An Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) grant for innovative faculty-student collaboration supports Paul Dosh and Nicole Kligerman in an effort to craft a new model of faculty-student “complementary collaboration.” One way that they share their efforts is through a blog titled “Equal Footing: Collaboration at 13,000 Feet” ( This post is taken from their Equal Footing blog, with Paul’s writing in italics and Nicole’s in regular typeface.

There are two museums, one of which displays some of his art as well as his massive collection of pre- Columbian art, as well as the “Chapel of Man” which is too incredible to describe.

Really, it’s worth coming to Quito just to see these museums. To give you a sense, I’ve pasted here some of Guayasamin’s work.

My favorite set of Guayasamin paintings is a series of five massive portraits of evil, leering, conspiratorial, hideous, terrifying men. When I first saw it, I just loved it. I told Andrea so, and she couldn’t imagine why I liked it so much. I wasn’t really sure either, but then I saw the title, and it all made sense: “Meeting at the Pentagon.”