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Dreams in Color from Uruguay

On Thursday October 10, 2013, under the patronage and with the presence of the Ambassador of Uruguay to Lebanon, Her Excellency Dr. Marta Inés Pizzanelli, the Latin American Studies and Cultures Center, and in collaboration with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), and the USEK Library, an exhibition and a conference organized entitled “Dreams in Color from Uruguay” by the Uruguayan painter Damián Ibarguren Gauthier.

The exhibition was inaugurated in the Library with the presence of the Ambassador of Argentina to Lebanon Mr. Jose Maxwell, the Ambassador of Chili to Lebanon Mr. Jose Miguel Menchaca, the Ambassador of Colombia to Lebanon Mrs. Georgina Mallat, the Ambassador of Paraguay to Lebanon Mr. Hassa Dia, the Ambassador of Mexico to Lebanon Mr. Jaime Gacia, and the Director of the Latin American Studies and Cultures Center
Mr. Roberto Khatlab as well as a group of enthusiasts, students and professors.

The Ambassador of Uruguay to Lebanon Dr. Marta Inés Pizzanelli expressed her deep gratitude to the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and quoted Gibran Khalil Gibran: “It is not enough to add years to our life, but we should add life to our year”. She then thanked the artist Gauthier who travelled to Lebanon especially to attend this exhibition.

The Artist Damián Ibarguren Gauthier was born in 1970 in Fray Bentos, the capital of Rio Negro in Uruguay. He spent the major part of his childhood in Buenos Aires. Between 1980 and 1985 he lived with his family in Ronneby, Sweden where he got his first lessons in drawing and took part in various drawing activities at school. Ibarguren is a self-made painter, without any academic education. The main body of his work to date has been painted on recycled material, and mostly on cardboard found by the streets or given to him by his enthusiastic supporters.

The exhibition ended on Thursday October 31, 2013.


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