Above: Oswaldo Guayasamín’s home and studio

The home and studio of Oswaldo Guayasamín, whom many consider to be Ecuador’s greatest painter, still stands on its privileged hillside perch overlooking Quito, almost exactly as it was when the artist lived there from 1979 to 1999. Inside his white, Mediterranean-style mansion, Guayasamín assembled an impressive collection of art that includes masterpieces of pre-colonial pottery and Quito School (Catholic) paintings and sculptures, plus minor works by major artists such as Chagall and Picasso. Additionally, his collection of nude paintings and erotic Incan statuary is tucked away safely in his bedroom.

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