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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Watercolourist.

Ansa is a teacher of graphic arts and colour theory at the French Institute for the Restoration of Art. In the book The Eagle's Secret (Albin-Michel, 2000), Henri Gougaud describes the turbulent career of Luis Ansa, the 'painter-shaman'. He teaches oriental lacquering, wash procedures and painting in Paris. The Adac gallery and studio held a solo exhibition of his works in Paris in ...

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W. Iain Mackay

(b Ica, 1914; d Lima, July 21, 1961).

Peruvian painter, potter and sculptor. He had little formal education, but after training as a boxer in Lima he settled in Buenos Aires, where his interest in pottery led him to set up a workshop for the conservation of Pre-Columbian pottery and for the manufacture of pottery in the style of this period. He learnt to sculpt and studied painting under Emilio Pettoruti (1892–1971). In 1938 he went to Paris, where he studied the work of the French masters and relaxed his style, rejecting academic canons. Returning to Peru in 1942, he adopted a rather Expressionist style of painting, with clear lines, suggestive of sculpted forms. He avoided the other avant-garde European styles of the period, opting for a while for elements of the Indigenist style (see Peru, Republic of, §IV, 2). Under Pettoruti he developed a great interest in sculpture. His activity in this field was limited to a few works, culminating in ...

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Peruvian, 20th century, male.

Born 1934, in Cuzco.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Quintanilla was a pupil at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cuzco, and then in Lima. He studied painting restoration for two years. After a competition in 1961, he went to Paris. His creation of an imaginary bestiary evokes the work of Victor Brauner. He also derives his inspiration from the depths of Indian civilisations in order to explore their suffering. In 1959, he received a gold medal. He participated in numerous collective exhibitions, including: Biennale des Jeunes Artistes, Paris, 1959; Exhibition of the Pan-American Union, Washington, 1960; São Paulo Biennale; Exposition d'Art Latino Americain, Musee d'Art Moderne, 1962, 1965. He had solo exhibitions in Latin America and in Paris....

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Louise Noelle

(b Tepic, Feb 26, 1853; d Mexico City, Jan 3, 1927).

Mexican architect, restorer, and teacher. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, he returned to Mexico in 1879 to practise as an architect–engineer and teach in the Escuela de Ingeniería and the Escuela de Arquitectura, Mexico City. As an architect his most notable project is the monument to Independence (1890–1910) on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, on which he collaborated with the sculptor Enrique Alciati. The slender column rises from a carefully worked base that includes sculptures of historical figures associated with the independence movement, topped by a gilded statue of a winged victory. The Teatro Juárez (1892–1903), Guanajuato, which has a Neo-classical exterior and a neo-Moorish interior, is a competently executed example of his eclecticism. Rivas Mercado also designed domestic buildings, including his own house (1898), Calle de Héroes, which has been poorly preserved, and that of the Macías family (...

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Brazilian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 16 October 1874, in Rio de Janeiro; died after 1929.

Painter, illustrator.

Gaston Simoes de Fonseca settled in Paris and was a draughtsman and restorer in the Louvre museum. He exhibited work in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he won a mention in ...