Mario Vargas Cuellar
(Catavi, Potosí, Bolivia, 1942) .- Painter and draftsman.Studied at the Oruro School of Fine Arts (1962) and then at the ‘Hernando Siles’ School of Arts (1964). He exhibits his work since 1962 and has visited galleries in Cochabamba, Oruro, La Paz, Santa Cruz and in Resistencia (Argentina). Organized the First Fair Art Worker Exhibition (Cbba, 1989). He worked at the Valley City Development Center. Heis an artist identified with the popular sectors of Bolivia; in 1988 he said: “Actually I do not consider myself an artist because that term has an elitist character. In our country a worker, a public employee or a teacher cannot acquire a painting because of the crisis we are experiencing, so I prefer not to let myself be called artist…“.
Eliodoro Aillón defined in 1990: “Mario Vargas Cuellar’s work has a tremendous ideological charge. His language, like that of any aesthetic work born of an authentic life experience, is clear and direct. /…/ Firm in the line , sure in the effects of chiaroscuro, Vargas ‘work does not end on the line. It is not innocuous realism, it says dangerous things because it speaks of conscience. / To feel Vargas’ art, you have to get closer to the heart of the people. “
Juan Manuel Fajardo, for his part, highlights: “Mario Vargas Cuellar adopts a constructive attitude towards the environment in which he works and actively participates in its development: his spirit penetrates this sector of our society, pressing the deepest strings that allow us to understand his conviction and his personal and direct vision. Vargas Cuellar does not move within a world of his own accord, he is an honest interpreter of our reality, and as an artist sensitive to the scientific and spiritual concepts of his time, reflects his shortcomings. and he knows how to express them, his search has not lost the interest of a symbolic expression for contemporary phenomena, nor that of finding the humanized image for the aspirations and ideals of our people “.
AWARDS: Second Prize in painting in competition from the Mayor of Oruro (1962 and 1963); Third Prize in drawing from the UTO (Oruro, 1967); First Prize in drawing of the Municipal Hall (Cbba, 1973); Second Prize in watercolor at the Municipal Salon (Cbba, 1986).
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