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Altino Villasante
 

Villasante is an individual possessing a tremendous natural insight into his surrounding and environment, allowing, through pure intuition, the spontaneous creation of masterful works. Every character study, every architectural painting and every harbor scene is a personal interpretation of life, of his surrounding and of his environment as seen through his eyes, totally void of academic influence; exposure to other artist and the contemporary art movement has, at most, been minimal. Villasante is an excellent and gifted artist by nature, not by education. Villasante was born in 1965 in the poorest section of Peru, Puno. At the age of 7 he was taken to the port of Lima with expectations of emigrating to the USA. Because of legal implications, he was not to realize his dream. He remained alone in Lima, never returning to Puno, and stayed by himself as the sole occupant in the house all these years. Villasante’s brush strokes show his character… strong and determinate. He shows his candor and innocence through the paintings of children; and the influence of his architectural studies is shown through his doors and boat renderings. His still-life works show his ability to relate the old traditional Peruvian culture with what is modern Peru. His portrait and character studies bring forth and make evident his perception and deep feeling and understanding of life and the individual. Well known for his dozens of exhibitions in America, Villasante decided to step to the challenge and exhibited at the temple of modern watercolor, England. In February, 1999, Villasante exhibited, along with hundreds of other watercolorists, at the most prestigious watercolor exhibition in the world, getting an impressive attention that surpassed any high expectation he may have had. Villasante’s future is assured… he most certainly will develop into one of the most important Latin-American artist of all times. In Villasante we are witnessing the birth of a major artist whose emerging career will most certainly place him among the most important painters of all times.



 

 


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