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Ramiro Jácome


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(b. Quito, Ecuador, 1948). His main influences came from his membership into a group of artists, Washington Iza, Nelson Roman, and José Unda that along with Jácome are sometimes referred to as "Los cuatro mosqueteros" , Marta Traba, and Satre. He learned lighting techniques with Manuel Viola in his Quito worskshop. His grotesque (feista) images of the late 1960s, when he was with Iza, Roman, and Unda were a reaction, visually, against realism and indigenism prominent in Ecuadorian art, yet they retained the figure although making it more abstract and tormented, created from mixed media. They were deeply affected by Marta Traba's writings and search for Latin American spirit in the abstract. Jácome himself looked to drawings by Silvio Benedetto and later by Hugo Cifuentes, another Ecuadorian artists. Jácome's paintings and drawings develop using grotesque figures, negative space, and washed-down, muted colors are a social critique of his generation and time. The group did not show

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