Oswaldo Vigas

Oswaldo Vigas

Born August 4, 1926 in Valencia, state of Carabobo, his father was a physician and his mother a direct descendant of Arturo Michelena’s. As a child, living in Puerto Cabello and Valencia, he carries out his first works, which he sends to a salon for illustrators of poems at the Valencia Athenaeum, receiving his first award in 1942. The same Athenaeum presents his introductory exhibition in 1943. In 1945 he registers in the medical school at the Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida.
In 1949 he moves to Caracas to finish medical school. He becomes a frequent visitor of the Free Art Workshop and begins to actively participate in the artistic movement of the time. In 1952 he is granted the Arturo Michelena award from the Valencia Athenaeum and the National Prize of the Arts, along with a scholarship which allows him to settle down in Paris. Back in Venezuela in 1957, he returns to Paris in 1959 as cultural attaché of the Venezuelan Embassy.
In 1962 he participates in the Venice Biennial in representation of his country. Among his most significant exhibitions:
Valencia Athenaeum, state of Carabobo, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1952, 1957; MBA, 1952, 1981-82; Mendoza Foundation Exhibition Hall, 1957, 1958, 1964, 1967, 1970; Caracas Athenaeum, 1964; Antañona Gallery (“Oswaldo Vigas’ Tapestries”), 1971; Bogotá’s Museum of Contemporary Art, 1973; Durban Gallery, 1978, Venezuelan-Euro-American Center, 1978; GAN, 1979. In 1990 a retrospective of his work from 1942 to 1990 is shown at Caracas’ MACCSI. Main awards: National Prize for the Arts, 13th Venezuelan Art Official Salon; Arturo Michelena Prize, 10th Arturo Michelena Salon, Valencia, state of Carabobo, 1952; Puebla de Bolívar Prize, 19th Venezuelan Art Official Salon, MBA, 1958; Acquisition Prize, Contemporary Latin American Art Exhibition, Inquisition Palace, Cartagena, Colombia, 1959; Arturo Michelena Prize, Valencia Athenaeum, state of Carabobo, 1962

Objeto gris

Zarabanda con Piso Azul

Coloniera con Duende Blanco

Pájaros de la Paz

Torrida

Exorcista

Hierática Vegetal

Profetizador

Piel Lunar

Sacrificante

Nostálgico Solar

Aparecido Azul II

Malabarista

Megatú

Signos Otoñales

Gran Paisaje Mítico

Nacientes III

Paisaje Mítico XVI

Paisaje Mítico XVIII

Paisaje Mítico con Sol

Piedras Fértiles VIII

Piedras Fértiles V

Germinación II

Figuras Descompuesta II

Primeros Personajes

Estudio para Mural I

Proyecto para Mural VII

Construcción en Amarillo

Objeto Paisaje (Color)

Iniciación

Contraformas

Formas Tensiónales VII

Formas Tensionales I

Figura III

Proyecto para mural en naranja II