Marcelo Suaznábar

  • Born in Bolivia, in 1970, in the mining city of Oruro, located in the mid-western part of the country.
  • From an early age, he had a passion for drawing, motivated by his uncle Enrique Suaznábar, a professional photographer who lived in the same city. Focusing solely in drawings as the main motor of his creations, he showed a great interest in color form an early age and began exploring watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils. For a long time, he focused on painting insects, animals, houses and portraits on paper and cardboard. Marcelo developed a great amount of his work in his birthplace, the city of Oruro.
  • In 1988, Suaznábar traveled to the colonial city of Potosi, located south in the country. The House of Coins and Convent of Saint Teresa were the source of inspiration that led the artist to recreate sacred scenes, and with the artwork “Coronation of the Virgin” (1988), Suaznábar began his series Sacred Art. During this period, he was invited to participate in a collective exhibit at the French Alliance and the Cultural House (Centro Cultural).  Using works from the same series, he presented a solo exhibit in 1991 at the Spain’s House (Casa de España), in the city of La Paz, where he received an honorable mention for his work “Cart of Judgment” in a contest “Spain 91.”
  • In 1992, Suaznábar traveled to Chile. It was in Santiago where he attended and completed a four-month course at the Art School of the Extension Center at the Catholic University under the tutelage of professor Roberto Farriol. In 1999, he was invited to participate in the International Exhibit “II Biennale of Visual Arts of the Mercosur” in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The theme of ecological damage on a global level motivated Suaznábar to make a series of artworks dedicated to life and nature. The series titled “Living Nature, Still Life” was shown a year later at the National Art Museum in the city of La Paz.
  • In December 2001 he settled in Canada where he lives with his wife and young daughter. In this new stage Marcelo emphasized in his works the themes related to nature, maternity and the passing of time. Suaznábar continues to tackle these same themes, along with themes relating to sexuality, beauty, temptations, fear, death and world religions, using a surreal and symbolic language — an aesthetic language that covers all of his work.
  • Suaznábar has exhibited extensively in Latin America, Europe, Canada and the USA with over 20 solo exhibits and over 100 group shows (some of which are highlighted below).
  • In 2011, he was awarded 3rd Prize in the Lemon Competition by The Artist Project Toronto, Toronto Canada. In 2010, 2nd Price in the Queen Competition by The Artist Project Toronto, Toronto Canada.
  • Medium of choice: Oil on canvas or board.

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