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Gonzalo Endara Crow 

The Blue Horse 
Born in Bucay, Ecuador, 1936 - 1996
Gonzalo Endara Crow, an Ecuadorean painter and sculptor, studied at the Faculty of Arts of the Universidad Central in Quito (1971). He taught at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Loja.

In 1977 he gave up teaching to concentrate on his career as an artist. He was a proponent of the naive style of fantastic realism, which corresponded in Latin American visual art to magic realism in literature and constituted a typically Latin American expression of the paradoxes of everyday reality.

In his studies of the life of the mestizo population of the Andean world, Endara Crow chose themes based on people’s daily lives, depicting, for example, horses pulling bells up the sides of mountains and animals and birds peering out from the upper floors of picturesque provincial houses, in images bordering on magic and the bizarre.

Most of Endara Crow's work was done in acrylic. He also created colourful sculptural monuments and murals. His work was exhibited internationally, and he was awarded many prizes, including the Swiss International Naive Painting prize in 1982 and an award at the 1st Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, in 1984. He was a member of the Henri Rousseau group.

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