Camilo Egas (American/Ecuadoran, 1899-1962)

Native American Artists & Artworks

Camilo Egas (American/Ecuadoran, 1899-1962) Titled: “Retrato De Un Peasent, Quito,” oil on board, signed lower right, titled verso, board: 23”h x 14.5”w inches Farhat Art Museum Collection Camilo Egas (American/Ecuadoran, 1899-1962)
Titled: “Retrato De Un Peasent, Quito,”
oil on board,
signed lower right, titled verso, board:
23”h x 14.5”w inches
Farhat Art Museum Collection

Camilo Alejandro Egas Silva was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1889 and grew up in the San Blas neighborhood. He studied at the College of San Gabriel y Mejia before enrolling, Egas studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Quito in 1905. He stayed at the school until 1911 and studied under Paul Bar and Víctor Puiz.

In 1919, Egas studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid on a second government grant.

Egas returned to Ecuador in 1926 and played a pivotal role in forming the Indigenist Movement together with Oswaldo Guayasamin. The Indian theme seen in his work was related to the rise of Socialism and the constitution of Marxist parties in Latin America. In…

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