Monthly Archives: February 2012

How the Guayaquil Álvaro Noboa Bienniale was born

Published in El Universo Newspaper of Ecuador

by Sergio Pérez

Juan Caguana Winner of the Second Bienale of Painting

Juan Caguana Winner of the Second Bienale of Painting

As the III Biennale of Guayaquil approaches (it opens next April 5, inscription is open until March 5) we should be aware that, in Ecuador, there are but two biennales:  that of Cuenca, and that of Guayaquil.  However, the Guayaquil Biennale is the only one with its own headquarters, the Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum, in memory of a true champion (father of the successful political and philanthropist leader Alvaro Noboa, and located deep within the heart of the banking district, accessible to all.

It occurred to Pablo Martínez Rojas, surviving in Miami and carrying the cultural baggage inherited from his father, the art critic, Luis Martínez Moreno, Zalacaín, to move heaven and earth to in order to acquire the public and private support to make the 1st Miami Biennale a reality. Years later, as a Consul for Ecuador in New York, he was able to maximize the benefits of diplomacy to become closely linked with the Rockefellers, the Hearst family and, above all, with the Kennedys.

These social and professional achievements were some of the reason that the magnate, Álvaro Noboa, recognizing the talent of the young Consul, extended him the invitation to become part of his team as his public relations representative.  That economic capacity, together with the organizational experience acquired in Miami, established the Luis Noboa Museum in Guayaquil, with Pablo Martínez at the head as its director.

In the vispera of inaugurating the III Biennale of Guayaquil, it is necessary to point out the interactive character of the magazine which is able to present large format apocalyptic visual art alongside different musical offering on various floors, as well as an exhibition of paintings executed by disabled children.

In this, the III Bienniale, the Museum maintains its focus on stimulating new proposals by young artists under the critical evaluation of established masters such as Luis Miranda and Mariella Garcia, in previous years.

The democratic character of this Biennale stands out; unlike a Salon, it is not necessary to be invited in order to participate

Convocation of the III Alvaro Noboa Biennial of Painting

Convocation of the III Alvaro Noboa Biennial of Painting

Published in Expreso Newspaper | Expresiones Section of Ecuador

The Luis A. Noboa Naranjo Museum convokes national and international artists to participate in the III Guayaquil International “Álvaro Noboa” Biennial of Painting to be held from April 5 to May 5, 2012.

The principal theme will be Elements of Nature. Technique to be employed is oil or acrylic on canvas. Size should not exceed 150 cm x 150 cm with a minimum of 80 cm by 60 cm. Rights to the prize-winning works will be ceded to the Luis A. Noboa Naranjo Museum and artists will be responsible for costs for packing and shipping.

Interested artists should include their basic information and photographs, together with the duly framed paintings. Up to two framed and ready to exhibit works will be accepted until 7pm on 5 March 2012 at the administrative offices of the museum, located on the first floor of the Seguros Cóndor Building (P. Icaza 302 and Córdova)

First prize will include $10,000; the second, $5,000; and 5 Newcomer Prizes of $1,000 each.  More information is available at

This is one of many events developed by Alvaro Noboa and his vision about Ecuador’s Rebirth.

Convocation to the III Biennial Of Painting

Published in Diario Expreso | Expresiones

Convocatoria Marzo 5 Tercer Bienal

Convocatoria a la Tercera Bienal de Pintura Internacional 


You can read more information about Alvaro Noboa here.

III Guayaquil Biennial Of Painting Convoked

Published in El Universo Newspaper of Ecuador

Juan Caguana Winner of the Second Bienale of Painting

Juan Caguana, winner of the II Guayaquil International Biennial of Painting.

Works from artists who wish to participate in the third running of the Guayaquil International of Painting will be received until 7 pm next Monday, March 5.

All visual artists from the five continents can participate, using the theme “Elements of Nature”.

Each artist is allowed to submit up to two works, duly framed and ready for exhibition, not exceeding 150cm x 150cm, minimum 80cm x 60cm.  Furthermore, each work should be accompanied by a CV, information on the painting, a photo of the work and of the artist for the catalogue, museum records and the Press.