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Since his childhood the painter from Guayaquil, Marco Ribadeneira, showed penchant for painting, when drawing characters from television series or films of the era.
Engineer in Sales by profession, Marcos is an autodictada, never went to courses of paintings, or had references in his family, but when growing up was perfecting his art to define his style.
Pop Contemporary Art is how defines his art, his main influence is Andy Warhol ( American painter, creator of Pop Art ). He has done portrait with this style to Ismael Cala, presenter of CNN in Spanish and also to Constanza Baéz, Miss Ecuador 2013.
A feature of his paintings are the curved strokes as well “as the wide range of colours and vibration that transmit power to the Viewer. Find seemingly hidden details and complementary colors according to the reflection of light are another quality present in my work”, said the painter.
His works have been exhibited in Las Peñas, Casa de la Cultura and the MAAC.
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.
From January 28 to February 28, the museum Luis Noboa Naranjo held the International Photographic Competition Alvaro Noboa, this was published by the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo. The note describes how is the competition, besides its objectives. Also quotes Paul Martinez, director of the museum, who said that until now has over 200 photographs of artists from around the world.
It is recalled that the call for entries is open until January 16. After passing through a specialized jury, they will announce the winners. The Argentine Manuel Tama and Ecuador Wladimir Torres will make chief curator and assistant curator in the competition. The jury consists of Priscilla Parker, Chantal Fontaine and Eduardo Salvador.
“This year we have not chosen a specific topic, but we suggest to participants that the photos speak on world peace” Matínez told the newspaper. The first place winner of this contest will receive a cash compensation of $ 3,000; second, 2,000; and the third, $ 1,000.
The Ecuadorian art patron Alvaro Noboa and the Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum, convened a global competition of digital photography called “Alvaro Noboa Ponton”, this event will start from January 28 and will end on February 28, 2015. The director of the museum, Pablo Enrique Rojas, emphasized that this is the first biennial of photography in South America.
However, the competition includes photographers, both amateur and professional, from the five continents. So far there are photographers participating from roughly 30 countries, including: US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Russia, China, Indonesia, Australia, Iran and Egypt. The event will have four guest judges: Chantal Fontaine, Priscilla Parker, Fabian Peñaherrera and Eduardo Salvador, they will be in charge of choosing the best images. Manuel Tama Gianni and Wladimir Torres will also attend the evening.
The first prize is $ 3.000; the second $ 2.000; and the third $ 1.000. Honorable Mentions will also be awarded. Additionally, the “Best old Photography” category has been established. The award for this category is $ 1.000. The awarded works will be held by the museum and will be integrated to their collection.
Regulations for the competition I INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST GRAND PRIZE “ALVARO NOBOA PONTON” FREE THEME
The Luis A. Noboa Naranjo Museum, under the leadership of philanthropist Álvaro Noboa, prepares the first edition of a poetry contest
The Luis A. Noboa Naranjo Museum, under the leadership of philanthropist Álvaro Noboa, prepared the first edition of a poetry contest, which will be part of the Fourth International Biennial of Painting.
The contest rules indicate that a only one poem by author will be received. The theme and structure of each poem are free to choose. About the extension of poetry, this should be maximum one page (A4 size) in length, with a minimum font size 12 in Arial or Times New Roman. The text must be original and unpublished.
The reception deadline of the poems is Friday March 21, 2014. The poem may be submitted in hard copy at the offices of the museum, at the following address: P. Icaza 302 and Córdova, firt floor, Edificio Seguros Cóndor.
A decision on the winners will be on April 25. The first prize is $ 1,000, second prize is $ 500 and the third will be $ 300.
For further information, you are invited to read the journalistic note about this event made by El Universo newspaper: