In 1919 one of Ecuadorâ€™s most famous sons was born. Oswaldo GuayasamÃn was born in Quito to a poor Quecha father and Mestiza mother. GuayasamÃn would later grow to become a phenomenal artist. He used his humble beginnings to bring light to the life of his ancestors and people - much of his work focusing on class segregation, racism, and political oppression found in much of Latin American society.
Visiting GuayasamÃnâ€™s museum is one of our favorite sites when in Quito, and thatâ€™s saying something. His work, which can focus on manâ€™s history of cruelty, can also illustrate our penchant for greatness. Having the opportunity to admire his work, youâ€™re able to feel a huge mixture of emotions all in one place. As described by many of tour participants, this site visit was a deep spiritual journey. GuayasamÃnâ€™s the kind of guy that maybe youâ€™ve never heard of before, but once youâ€™ve seen his work, you could never forget him again.
The next time youâ€™re in Quito pop on over to his home/museum and his Chapel of Mankind. You wonâ€™t regret it.