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Oswaldo Vigas - Artists - GALERÍA RGR

(Valencia, Venezuela, 1923 - Caracas, Venezuela, 2014)

Oswaldo Vigas is a Venezuelan artist best known as a painter and muralist, but his work spanned painting, sculpture, print, drawing, ceramic, and tapestry. Predominantly recognized as a self-taught artist, Vigas avoided the artistic currents of his environment and instead ventured to build his artistic language, inspired by the magical, the mythical, and the telluric of the Latin American imaginary, a trend that would be the common thread of his oeuvre.

In 1954 Vigas represented Venezuela at the Venice Biennale. In 1992 he participated in the XXVI International Prize of Contemporary Art of Monaco, receiving the first prize, and in 1999, the Iberian-American FIA Art Fair chose him as the honored artist. Oswaldo Vigas died in Caracas in 2014 at the age of 90 years.

Today, his works are part of the collections of important public institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Museum of the Americas, OAS, in Washington, D.C., the Musée Des Beaux Arts D'Angers, and the Musée Des Beaux-Arts in Reims; the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá; the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago de Chile to name a few; as well as in numerous important private collections around the world.