Opening Gastón Garreaud (Peru, 1934 – 2005)

GALERIA ISAAG (IDB Staff Association Art Gallery) and the Embassy of Peru are pleased to present the first US posthumous exhibition of prominent self-taught Peruvian artist Gaston Garreaud, featuring drawings and monotypes, along with napkin sketches, as he drew on any material he had available. The exhibition gathers 22 works, which showcase Garreaud’s lyrical sense of the characters populating his work, be they his nudes in quick, clean strokes exuding femininity and confidence or his revered personalities –legendary and ordinary- caught in pensive moments as they glance into the infinite. It is a tribute to the romantic spirit of the artist, who revealed only part of the story when he defined himself as a constructivist.

Garreaud studied in Italy and France and dedicated part of his life to experimenting in painting three-dimensional shapes using pre-Columbian artifacts (pottery and textiles). This unique style aroused great interest in both his native Peru and abroad, which led to an exhibit of his work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 1966. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of this self-taught artist who dedicated his life to promote Peruvian culture in many areas.