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Gaston Ugalde was borned in La Paz, Bolivia, where he currently resides and work. Ugalde participated in the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2009, is one of the most important contemporary artists in Latin America and some art critics have referred to him as the “Warhol Andino”.
He has been the recipient of the prestigious award for creativity Konex along with noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer in 2002.
Gaston studied architecture at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in Bolivia.
He then studied Economics and Political Science in Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He graduated at the School of Visual Arts of Vancouver in Canada. Since the year 1972, he has had around 81 individual exhibitions and participated in over 160 collectives.
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Manifesto / TRAVEL AND LANDSCAPE IMAGES
BY GERARDO Zavarse
Gastón Ugalde (La Paz, Bolivia, 1944) reaches the Salar de Uyuni, The world's largest saltworks
(10,582 m2 of extension, located between Departments of Potosi and Oruro, Bolivia) through a journey embarks from the city of La Paz into Bolivia in 1970. This was a scientific expedition, as the trip to Latin equinoctial that Alexander von Humboldt undertook between 1799 and 1804. On the contrary, what moves Gaston Ugalde is based on the visual experimentation, center of his aesthetic evolution from the seventies. In this sense, the images made by Gaston Ugalde, that incorporate Salar’s (Bolivia) as the stage to produce a creative experience of the place, they are registered as field confluence of a variety of practices and views on the creation. On the one hand, Ugalde operates as an uncomfortable heir to the Humboldt tradition cultivated landscape along the nineteenth century, whose influence has managed to overcome the gaps of time, persist to today and help shape our complex weave strategies to understand and look discourses on the landscape.
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