Oswaldo Guayasamin was a contemporary Ecuadorian painter and sculptor (1919-1999) and I first heard about him during my travels in Ecuador. Although I’m not a big fan of museums, I didn’t want to miss learning something about the greatest national artist. And, to be honest, I didn’t really have an idea what to do on my last day in Quito.
My visit to La Capilla del Hombre (The Chapel of Man), which wasn’t completed until only three years after his death, turned out to be a truly fascinating one.
Paintings documenting the history of human suffering made a big impression on me both because of the message they conveyed and because of their overwhelming size. A guide led us through the rooms telling stories about the artist and his works. It has been one of the most interesting museums I’ve visited.
My favourite paintings were titled “Hands”: hands of protest, hands of hope, hands of terror…