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FEATURE STORY

In Bolivia, Art is also Development

November 22, 2012


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Artist Juan Rodolfo Suntura, one of the winners of Arte Joven

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 340 artists participated in the Arte Joven Contest, co-sponsored by the World Bank.
  • The winners exchanged knowledge and experience with German sculptor Roswitha Schaab.
  • The selected pieces will be on exhibit at the Outdoor Gallery in El Alto City.

Eight Bolivian artists were winners in the Arte Joven contest held recently in La Paz. In July and August, 340 artworks were received, of which four winners were selected in the painting category and four in the sculpture category.

 “Sculpture should have themes from everyday life, it does not necessarily have to be a bust or model, but it should seek a concept from daily life,” said Juan Suntura, one of the Arte Joven winners.

Prizes included two tutorial sessions in painting, art school scholarships and participation in a workshop led by the renowned German sculptor Roswitha Schaab at the National Fine Arts Academy.

During the workshop, the young artists learned new techniques and had their works professionally critiqued. They used their tools and talent to create works such as “The Dragon,” by José Mamani and the “Joined Couple,” by Juan Suntura.

 “I see that there is much talent among these young artists. Once one learns technique at school, one has to forge one’s own path and they already have,” said Schaab.


" I see that there is much talent among these young artists. Once one learns technique at school, one has to forge one’s own path and they already have. "

Roswitha Schaab

German sculptor and instructor at the workshop for Arte Joven winners.

The outdoor gallery

Arte Joven is an initiative which, besides the painting and sculpture contest, includes the installation of an outdoor gallery in the City of El Alto, in La Paz.

The chosen location is a neighborhood square which, besides being a place for recreation, is an artistic space since it will house reproductions of the eight winning pieces.

The contest was sponsored by the Municipal Government of El Alto, the 13 Company and the World Bank in Bolivia.

Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank representative in Bolivia, said: “Wealth is also wealth of art, music and culture, which helps an individual attain integral development. The arts are also growth”.


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