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Inauguration of the exhibition of artist Francisco De La Paz Barbotó


The Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum cordially invite you to the inauguration of the exhibition of artist Francisco De La Paz Barbotó, on Wednesday, May 6 at 19:00 present year.
Francisco De La Paz Barbotó paints with everything he has in his hands, he uses the acrylic and tempera paint techniques, his works are magic of vibrant colors.

Curator Johanna Lasner evaluated the artwork abstract series by Marcos Santos Espinel.


The work of Marcos Santos Espinel rescues that occasion of the crisis of representation, the moment in which the image of the artwork deviated from the course, totally distancing itself from the figurative representation to approximate to another unidentifiable, an issue that still seems to astonish us.

I intuit that we still feel shaken by the art that questions the uniform criteria of representation and the illusionistic reproduction of images. In a world highly run by canons, formulas, theories and models, the abstract as a narrative sphere often results in challenges, however, it is suitable and timely to conquer alternative discourses of communication.

The work of Santos fairly activates these unconventional interpretation criteria, his expressive use of painting is discovered in the relationship with the spectator, in it he brings us his explicit desire to awaken a sensitivity and the promise of new readings, i.e., infinite opportunities of interpretation.

The intensity of expression is central to his work, it comes to a free painting in which the strength of the emotions is handled diligently through color, indeterminate forms, the emancipated brushstroke, imprecise brushstrokes and the gestural trace.

Marcos Santos painting is like one of the most famous representative painters of Abstract Expressionism, Robert Motherwell, would describe: “Painting without prejudice, for smart, sensitive, passionate beings, is a process envisioned as an adventure,” (Catalogue of The School of New York exhibition, 1951), or as the artist himself explains, “it is nothing concrete as peace, tranquility, hate, but some of that.”



Guayaquileña Curator  Johanna Pazmiño-Lasner

Guayaquileña Curator Johanna Pazmiño-Lasner

The Guayaquil born Johanna Pazmiño-Lasner is currently studying her senior year, majoring as a Bachelor of Arts, with a specialization in Curation and Art Criticism at the Espiritu Santo University (UEES) of Guayaquil. Johanna also unfolds as an emerging artist, self-taught in mixed technique and a variety of materials such as glass, ceramics, charcoal and paint.

For more than 12 years photography has been for her a privileged environment in the exploration of photo manipulation and a source of conceptual research of social and psychological issues.

Much of her work is influenced by her early studies in London, in the field of interior design and special effects techniques in painting; in it, she discovered the importance of the process as a probing strategy, of internal development and a manifestation of creative phases.

In 2014, she contributed under the curatorship of the exhibition “305 megapascals,” by the Colombian artist Klaudia Muñoz, presented at the Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art (MAAC for its Spanish acronym). This year, Johanna participates as a judge of the illustrations contest of the Guayaquil poet Medardo Angel Silva.

Her interest in cultural diversity has led her to Haiti and Guatemala, where she has collaborated in several assistance missions for poor communities. Traveling is another of her passions. She learned French in Vichy, France, and has resided in Canada, England and the island of Saint Kitts and Nevis, she currently lives with her family in Pittsburgh, United States.

Abstract series

Artist Marcos Santos

Artist Marcos Santos

The benefactor Álvaro Noboa granted the space in the museum Luis Noboa Naranjo to show the public the collection, Abstract Series, creation of the Guayaquil artist Marcos Santos Espinel, the technique used was acrylic and watercolor, this expotition can be appreciated until Friday, April 17th.

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Inauguration of the exhibition of the pictorial work of Marcos Santos Espinel

Opening of the event

Opening of the event

This Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum carried out the opening of the exhibition of the Guayaquil artist, Marcos Santos Espinel, on April 1st.

The event started at 20:00 with a musical intervention by Alexandra Ampuero, who delighted the audience with the songs “Close To You” and “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” whereupon, Philanthropist Alvaro Noboa highlighted the career and work of the artist.

Marcos Santos said he felt happy and rewarded by the exhibition. He thanked the public for sharing this moment with him.

Speech from Ávaro Noboa

Speech from Ávaro Noboa

recognition for his work

recognition for his work

Among the guests at the event were recognized visual artists as Quimbita, Jorge Velarde and Patricia Leon, who stated seeing “an evolution in the work of Santos,” who she has known for a lifetime.

“This is the first time I see the work of Santos, this is a psychological work, since the spectator must interpret what the author means,” said Digna Mite, who attended the soirée.The sample is composed of a series of abstract figures made on acrylic paper and using the watercolor technique. A combination of colors, which the author alleges, “is nothing concrete as peace, tranquility, hatred, but some of it.”Santos began making art a very young age, his first exhibition was held in 1975 in the antique shop “Bottega”, of Maria Teresa Solá. His works have been exhibited abroad. He has also dabbled in the world of letters with the book of poems “Selection of Poems and Drawings by Marcos Santos.”

The Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum makes a special invitation to the Opening of the exhibition of artist Marcos Santos Espinel

Marcos Santos Espinel, Biography of an artist

Born on August 16, 1951 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Marcos Santos Espinel was interested in the world of painting from an early age. He completed his primary education at the Cristóbal Columbus College. At age 10 he moved with his family to the United States because his father was called to serve as a Consul in Boston, Massachusetts for six years, where he studied at a Jesuit school. While there, he could closely appreciate for the first time the works of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the second largest in the country after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Upon his return to Ecuador, he completed his secondary education at the Jesuit School Javier. In 1970 he entered the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil to study jurisprudence, career he would leave two years later to study art at the New College, in Sarasota, Florida, thanks to a scholarship. There, he specialized in ceramics, since the artist is passionate about creating shapes with his hands. His academic background includes studies of Dutch at the Volksuniversiteit, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In an interview, we could know Marcos more closely, who told us that Chagall, Monet, Degas, Renoir and Manet are among his favorite artists. On the other hand, he calls himself an expressionist and great fan of Guayasamín, Ecuadoran painter, and recalls an anecdote in which he was shocked to see a mural of him on his arrival at the Madrid airport.

His first exhibition was performed in the antique shop “Bottega,” of Maria Teresa Sola, in 1975. That same year he would perform his second exhibition at the Municipal Museum of Guayaquil, under the direction of the Guayaquil sculptor Yela Loffredo de Klein. Thereafter, exhibitions at the House of the Culture of Guayas, the “Siberië” Coffeshop in Amsterdam, the Art Gallery Igor Muñoz in Cuenca, the Art Gallery “Madeleine Hollander” in Guayaquil, and other renowned galleries nationwide would follow. It is noteworthy that the Ecuadorian TV network TC Television held an exhibition in honor of the artist for his 50th birthday.

Marcos Santos Espinel is a man who has also ventured into the world of letters, “Selection of Poems and Drawings by Marcos Santos” is the name of his collection of poems, in which, he shows the “human condition,” as he says, his great inspiration when writing.

On April 1st, the Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum will held the opening of the works exhibition of this Guayaquil artist at 19h00, at its headquarters located in P. Icaza 302 and Cordova, Seguros Cóndor Building, 1st floor, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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