Pinto, Joaquín (1842–1906)

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Pinto, Joaquín (1842–1906)

Joaquín Pinto (b. 18 August 1842; d. 1906), Ecuadorian artist. One of the first Ecuadorian artists to paint local landscapes, Pinto was born in Quito and revealed a talent for art at an early age. He studied with Ramón Vargas, Rafael Vanegas, Andrés Costa, Tomás Camacho, Santos Ceballos, and Nicolás Cabrera. He mastered watercolor technique with Juan Manosalvas, who had studied in Rome. Pinto married fellow artist Eufemia Berrío in 1876; they lived at San Roque, an art colony in Quito.

Pinto painted religious and mythological subjects as well as portraits and scenes from daily life. He favored the small format and was influenced by the French artist Jacques Callot. At the suggestion of Bishop González Suárez, he documented the archaeological treasures of Ecuador. From 1903 to 1904 he was director of the Academy of Painting and Drawing in Cuenca and was a founding member of the New National School of Fine Arts in Quito (1904).

See alsoArt: The Nineteenth Century; Art: The Twentieth Century.


Arte Ecuatoriano, vol. 2 (1976), pp. 221-226.

Additional Bibliography

Hartup, Cheryl Diane. "Artists and the New Nation: Academic Painting in Quito during the Presidency of Gabriel García Moreno (1861–1875)." M.A. Thesis. University of Texas at Austin, 1997.

                                        Marta Garsd