Lot 31: Oil Painting “Fiesta Del Danzante” by Renowned Artist Luis Millingalli
October 22, 2016
St. Augustine, FL, USALive Auction
Description: This is a Fine Cultural Oil Painting “Fiesta Del Danzante” by Renowned Artist Luis Millingalli, 2000. This piece is on canvas or sheepskin and measures approximately 46” x 34”, framed. The piece is signed on the lower right “Luis Millingalli 2000”. This wonderful piece comes from the Rhodes-Nadler Collection, and this is the first opportunity that several of the pieces from this collection are being offered for sale to the public. “I like to paint everything that surrounds me: flowers, trees, Andean scenes, and all that highlights my people’s rich culture”, says Millingalli. “Every time that I see nature getting destroyed by the man's hand, especially in my country, it gives a deep sadness to think that in the future the mountains, the flowers and the rivers will not be there anymore as I have seen them and that is why I paint them.” Luis Millingalli is a self-taught artist of indigenous birth from Ecuador. He was born in December, 1959 in Cotopaxi, a spiritual place at the foot of a volcano. His mother Marie Rosa died when he was only ten and his father Santiago died when he was 14, so he was left to fend for himself at an early age. “In my family, nobody was an artist...at elementary school my teachers gave several awards for my drawings…then I learned that a distant relative of mine was a painter. This was of great significance to me. I started as a painter, without having had any art schooling, when I was 12 years of age.” When only 15, Luis was discovered by a wealthy banker who bought several works , then invited Luis to exhibit in his bank. This opened doors to more exhibitions in cities like Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. He met the Ecuadorean master painter Guayasamin, who befriended him, purchased works and allowed him space within which to work. However, there is no evidence that Millingalli’s style was influenced. After a decade of painting, exhibitions began to come in Madrid, Paris, Rome, and throughout South America where he was well received. Now we have the opportunity to see the works of Millingalli in the United States. Millingalli’s paintings on canvas and sheep skins are very straight forward depictions of life in rural Ecuador. His colors are strong but not always primary, his figures crisp and static but full of life. His compositions are well developed while filled with the charm of the naïve. In sum, they are exceptional expressions which please the senses while accomplishing Millingalli’s purpose which is “to depict the sufferings of my people but at the same time the sweet happiness and tenderness of the life in the rural fields”. Please view the photos, or in person carefully to determine the age, condition, and quality of this lot. Please Note: All items are sold As-is, Where-is, with no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied. We DO NOT offer Refunds, Returns or Exchanges. All sales are Final. We want you to be happy with your purchases, so please preview the items carefully before bidding. We do our best to describe items, but it is your responsibility to determine accuracy, authenticity, condition, age, quality, etc. If you are not certain about an item, please do not Bid without satisfying your concerns beforehand.