Oswaldo Vigas

Oswaldo Vigas was born in Valencia, Carabobo, a province of Venezuela. In 1953 he moved to Paris and met monumental artists Picasso, Matta, and Lam who befriended Vigas.
During his years in France, Vigas exhibited at the Galerie la Roue and Galerie Neufville.
Vigas returned to Venezuela in 1957 after having traveled to the United States and Spain. During these years, Vigas exhibited in places such as the Pan American union in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
He also painted murals at the Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas.
Vigas's work can be found in private collections and museums in various cities throughout the world.(askart )

While studying, he continued painting and took several art classes at the Taller Libre de Artes, and attended the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristóbal Rojas, where he became acquainted with painters like Manuel Cabré and Pedro Ángel González, among others. His early paintings focus on the human figure – mostly a female figure – pre-announcing the theme that would remain a constant throughout his career: the witches. His works became quite gestural and he took an interest in pre-Columbian cultures and pottery. Progressively, he departed from conventional depictions as his line became visceral and concerned with pre-Columbian representation, which would mark a milestone in his works. In 1952 he received the National Visual Arts Award, and had a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas... (oswaldovigasworks.com )

During most of the 1950s, his works shifted away from the human figure towards constructivism and abstraction. In 1953, he participated in the II São Paulo Biennial and in a group show at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among other exhibitions. Between 1953 and 1958, the artist exhibited regularly in France and Venezuela.( oswaldovigasworks.com )

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