Bolivian Painters - These Painters from Bolivia Have Inspiring Artwork - Odd Nugget

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Bolivia... A land of ancient Incan heritage, rich mineral wealth and, of course, vast stores of artistic beauty waiting to be beheld.

Bolivian artisans have brought unique aesthetic movements such as "Mestizo Baroque" into existence and continue to push boundaries beyond the reach of their nation's borders. Here are a few incredible artists from beautiful Bolivia:


Sonia Falcone


Last Supper by Bolivian Painter Sonia Falcone

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Sonia Falcone puts heart and soul into her paintings.

Colors strike out in solid patches as organic forms relate meaning through tasteful abstraction.

Dive Deep by Bolivian Painter Sonia Falcone

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Just as beautiful as her impressive artwork, Sonia herself was named Miss Bolivia Internacional back in 1988.

Tormento by Bolivian Painter Sonia Falcone

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As an artist, Sonia has branched out from painting to create multimedia installations as well. She has even gone so far as to create sound and video installations for the world to experience.


Gil Imaná


Tiempo de Soledades by Bolivian Painter Gil Imaná

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Gil Imaná has made history on multiple occasions with his work as an internationally acclaimed Bolivian artist.

Imaná's paintings and gorgeous murals decorate wall, canvas and consciousness around the world in somber tones of earth and angst. Each image he has crafted carries a chorus of emotion in a quiet, muted, moody manner.

Campesinos by Bolivian Painter Gil Imaná

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Aging faces all but fade from view amid textile patterns geological layering in Gil's touching paintings. His approach to form is both technically impressive and painstakingly imaginative, yet simple in its lasting effect on the senses.

Painting by Bolivian Painter Gil Imaná

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Gil Imaná was rightly awarded the highest rank of the Order of the Condor of the Andes for his contributions to Bolivian culture and was the first painter from Bolivia to have work sold at Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses.


Graciela Rodo Boulanger


Les Jeunes Maries by Bolivian Painter Graciela Rodo Boulanger

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Graciela Rodo Boulanger got her start in art at a relatively young age, hosting her own impressive exhibitions at only 18 throughout Austria.

Her parents inspired her to pursue a calling in the arts and she had to choose between taking her mother's (a concert pianist) route or adopting her father's (an art connoisseur) interests in full.

Children Dancing by Bolivian Painter Graciela Rodo Boulanger

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Ultimately, it was Graciela's father's art interests that won her over and she poured all of her energy into pursuing a career as a painter.

Symphony of Children by Bolivian Painter Graciela Rodo Boulanger

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Since her start, Graciela has produced beautiful work for such esteemed organizations as UNICEF and the Metropolitan Opera of New York, among many others.


Benjamín Mendoza y Amor Flores


Roxana by Bolivian Painter Benjamín Mendoza y Amor Flores

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This artist has a particularly colorful history - even morseo than his paintings. As far as his art is concerned, morbid themes define the bulk of it, all done up in surrealist style with undeniable skill.

Skeletal figures make love against an uneasy twilight of sfumato haze and otherworldly settings, reeling in our eyes for fresh, frightening surprises.

However, the man himself may very well have been excorcising his inner demons with every brushstroke.

Fakir by Bolivian Painter Benjamín Mendoza y Amor Flores

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Benjamín Mendoza made major waves while living in the Philippines by staging a crazy assassination attempt on Pope Paul VI. He stabbed at him repeatedly with a kris after posing as a priest and approaching him.

La Bateria de Ringo y el Saxo de Teodoro by Bolivian Painter Benjamín Mendoza y Amor Flores

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Mendoza made mention of his disdain for Catholicism, but no one who knew thought he'd ever take things that far. After a 3 year jail stint, he returned to his artistic pursuits with no greater explanation for his crime than that he had sought attention in a moment of madness.


There are many more amazing Bolivian artists worth checking out, including greats like Roberto Mamani Mamani, Marina Núñez del Prado and Alfredo Da Silva.

Hopefully the amazing Bolivian painters covered above will inspire you to take a closer look at the nation's rich, artistic history.

And maybe this brief article deserves a part two...

Read about the art of Alphonse Mucha next.


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