Caesar Andrade Faini

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Caesar Andrade Faini (April 15, 1913 – 1995[1]) was a master Ecuadorian painter and teacher who studied at the School of Fine Arts of Quito under the painter Victor Mideros.

He was born in Quito, Ecuador. Andrade's initial work focused on Social Realism like his contemporaries Eduardo Kingman, Andrade is often considered the best interpreter of Ecuador's coastal landscape.

Faini's works bears the usual characteristic of the ideas of Social Realism, which was the prevalent theme of his generation. Other notable contemporaries included Eduardo Kingman, Bolívar Mena Franco, Oswaldo Guayasamin and Diogenes Paredes. Faini graduated in 1937, writing a thesis entitled 'Social Misery'.[2]

Faini moved to different places to infuse his work with new themes, gathering new influences along the way. He first went to Panama, where he mostly made murals. In 1943, he moved to Guayaquil. It was there that he began to create works that were expressionist, a change brought about by the strong influence of Hans Michaelson. Faini fell in love with the city. He married while he was in Guayaquil.[2]

In 1954 Faini succeeded Michaelson as the director of Guayaquil's Municipal School of Art. During his directorship he mentored numerous students who would later go on to become famous artists. These included, among others, Theo Constanté, Luis Miranda, José Carreño and Juan Villafuerte.[2]

The fifties also marked a shift in Faini's style. Peculiar characteristics emerged in his works during this period. But they continued to bear his unique spiritual and poetic inspiration.[2]

Awards & Prizes[edit]

  • 1957 - First Prize Acquisition - Mariano Aguilera.
  • 1959 - Third Prize - Hall October, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 1961 - Hall October - House of Culture, Quito, Ecuador.


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  2. ^ a b c d Pino, Efren Avilés. "Andrade Faini, César". Encyclopedia of Ecuador. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
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