Jorge Padilla in Santa Cruz

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Jorge Padilla, a Bolivian artist from Santa Cruz, paints and sculpts with a loose and passionate intensity that has earned him several awards both in Bolivia and other countries. It has been said that he paints vehemently and violently, yet silently, with constant perseverance and persistence.

From a distance, recognizable shapes can be made out in his paintings, although they are never too obvious or evident. Using simplification, exaggeration, deformation and omission, he describes and expresses with an abandon rarely seen in Bolivian art.

Born in 1961, Jorge Padilla grew up in Santa Cruz and eventually studied visual arts. He has exhibited his creations both individually and collectively in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, the United States and Japan.

1987 - Second Place - VI Biennial, Santa Cruz
1988 - Second Place - VII Biennial, Santa Cruz
1995 - Award for Specializing in Pencil, La Paz
1995 - Only Award for Drawing - X Biennial, Santa Cruz
1999 - Second Place - 19th Tenri International Art Competition, Japan
2001 - Selected at the Toyamura International Sculpture Biennial, Toyamura, Japan
2005 - Honorable Mention - 7th International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan.

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