<!-- Missing image removed: -->Estuardo Maldonado
(born 1930) is a Latin American sculptor and painter inspired by the Constructivist
movement. Maldonado is a member of VAN (), the group of Informalist painters founded by Enrique Tábara
. Other members of VAN included, Aníbal Villacís
, Luis Molinari
, Hugo Cifuentes
and Gilberto Almeida. Maldonado's international presence is largely due to his participation in over a hundred exhibits outside of Ecuador.
Born in Píntag
, in the Quito
district of Ecuador, Maldonado left home at a young age in order to observe and learn from nature. Both nature and the indigenous themes have been a fundamental inspiration for much of his work. Maldonado studied art at the School of Fine Arts in Guayaquil
. By 1953, Maldonado was teaching drawing and art history at the American School of Guayaquil. In 1955, Maldonado traveled the Ecuadorian coast painting the people of the coast and landscapes.
In 1955, Maldonado held his first exhibitions in Guayaquil, Portoviejo, and Esmereldas. In 1956, Benjamin Carrion
invited Maldonado to exhibit at the House of Ecuadorian Culture making him the first Ecuadorian artist to exhibit sculpture in Quito and Guayaquil. In 1957, Maldonado set out for Europe on a scholarship and traveled to France, Germany, Switzerland and the Nethelands and settled in Rome, Italy. Maldonado attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and the Academy of San Giacomo.
Maldonado's work depicts abstractions of nature. His... Read More