Ecuador seen through dreams

The Korea Times - - EMBASSY ROW - By Rachel Lee rachel@ktimes.com

The Em­bassy of Ecuador will in­tro­duce artist Miguel Be­tan­court at the ex­hi­bi­tion “Ecuador Through my Dreams” at the Su­pe­rior Gallery in Seoul from Aug. 1 to 31.

The event is part of the coun­try’s 208th Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion, ac­cord­ing to the em­bassy.

It will fea­ture 34 paint­ings that were part of the ex­hi­bi­tion “Strokes and Trans­paren­cies” held in Bei­jing in March.

“Ecuador Through my Dreams is di­vided into five groups of paint­ings: trees, ar­chi­tec­ture, land­scape, char­ac­ters and as­sem­blies,” the em­bassy’s third sec­re­tary Ana Diaz said.

“These art­works have been painted on dif­fer­ent kinds of ar­ti­sanal pa­per, among them rice pa­per.”

The artist de­scribed the ex­hi­bi­tion as com­bin­ing new and old pieces with the pur­pose of ex­pos­ing his ca­reer and tech­nique’s evo­lu­tion.

Be­tan­court, born in Quito in 1958, stud­ied paint­ing at the Mil­wau­kee Art Cen­ter in the United States. When he re­turned to Quito to fin­ish his stud­ies in ped­a­gogy and lib­eral arts at the Catholic Pon­tif­i­cal Univer­sity, he re­dis­cov­ered his na­tive Ecuador — the pres­ence of pre-His­panic civ­i­liza­tions, the wealth of colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture and the grandeur of the baroque churches of Quito. He saw anew the color of the An­des and the beauty of the Ecuado­rian coun­try­side.

Be­tan­court has re­ceived recog­ni­tion, in­clud­ing the Pol­lock-Kras­ner Award in 1993, con­ferred by the Pol­lock-Kras­ner Foun­da­tion in New York.

Two of his paint­ings are part of the United Na­tions’ art col­lec­tions in Vi­enna and Geneva (UNIDO and UNAIDS).

His art­work also can be found in pri­vate col­lec­tions like: the In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (Tokyo), the Din­ers Club (Ecuador), Isti­tuto Italo-Latino Amer­i­cano (Rome), the Art Mu­seum of the Amer­i­cas, OEA (Wash­ing­ton, D.C.), the OPEC Fund for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (Vi­enna) and the Slade School of Fine Art (Lon­don).

The open­ing cer­e­mony will take place on Aug. 10 as a trib­ute to the First Call for In­de­pen­dence on Aug. 10, 1809, in Quito.

“This his­toric event gave Ecuador the nick­name of ‘Luz de Amer­ica’ (Light of Amer­ica) be­cause this re­volt in­spired the even­tual col­lapse of the Span­ish crown in Latin Amer­ica,” the third sec­re­tary said.

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