Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte presents the FONPLATA Collection


Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte is proud to present an art show gathering a group of Bolivian artists with different styles and diverse backgrounds. Their work is included in the selection created for the Multilateral Development Bank FONPLATA. This collection is part of the permanent collection of their office headquarters, located in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

These 18 works represent the experience and journey of many renowned and emerging Bolivian artists, and includes works from: Adolfo Torrico, Alfredo Müller, Arturo Suman, Carolina Sanjinés, Douglas Rivera, Erasmo Zarzuela, Guiomar Mesa, Herlan Balboa, Inés Fernández de Córdova, Jamir Johanson, Keiko González, Mariel Kuncar, Renato Estrada, Roxana Arias, Roberto Varcárcel, Santiago Junio Ayala, Tito Kuramotto and Vidal Cussi. To better represent their oeuvre, Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte is also including in this exhibit an additional work from each artist.

Creating this collection is a wonderful initiative, and demonstrates how much FONPLATA values Bolivian art and artists. This is an event worthy of celebration, since FONPLATA embodies the values embraced by the community of countries that make up South American.

FONPLATA was created in 1974 as a financial fund and in 2018 it became a Multilateral Development Bank. Its mission is to promote the economic and social growth of its member countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, by funding small and mid-sized projects, especially in vulnerable urban settings, rural areas and frontier regions.

To promote the development and integration of its member countries and the entire region, it funds projects for infrastructure and economic-productive development as well as socioenvironmental development, and is very committed with care for the environment.

Since it is a multicultural organization and its headquarters are located in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, as gratitude for the warm welcome they received from the city, FONPLATA supports artistic and sports events, as well as projects on gender equity and humanitarian aid.

In June 2019, FONPLATA and its community celebrate their 45 years of hard work and dedication to bringing development closer to the people.


ADOLFO TORRICO. San Ignacio de Velasco – Santa Cruz, Bolivia. 1983.

Adolfo Segundo Torrico Choré was part of the first class to graduate from the Art Major at Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (UAGRM), in 2008. He obtained a diploma in Cultural Management from UPSA University and a masters’ in Higher Education. He is one of the founders and coordinators of ARTErias Urbanas. He works as an urban and easel painter, and teaches at the Faculty of Arts. Mr. Torrico has participated in many national and international art shows. His work touches on themes related to nature, flora, fauna and the cultures in the nations in Bolivia. This year, 2019, he was invited by the municipality of Bonn, Germany, to create a mural inspired on the 17 Millennium Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations.


ALFREDO MÜLLER. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. 1958

Mr. Müller studied architecture in Alagoa, Brasil. He has been exhibiting his works since 1987 in galleries in Brazil and Bolivia. In 1998, he moved permanently to Santa Cruz de la Sierra. His production ranges from the specific expression of the local Neobaroque style, Chiquitanian Neobaroque, erotic art and sacred art. He has had over 50 individual art shows, most of them touching on subversive topics expressed through the use of religious imagery, nudes and portraits. He won the first prize in painting in the 12th Art Biennial of Santa Cruz in 1999, and an honorable mention in the 14 de Septiembre Municipal Art Contest in the year 2000, Cochabamba.


ARTURO SUMAN. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. 1996

Mr. Suman works with oil paintings, charcoal and graphite. He began is art career at 16. He is self-taught. He based his technique to represent the human form by studying daily realist painters of the 19th century such as Joaquín Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and Emile Friant. He formed his technique and narrative ability through the teachings of the painter Sergei Chubirko, in the The Russian Art Academy of Florence, Italy, who taught him the value of drawing as the essential base of painting. In 2018, he held an exhibit at Casa Melchor Pinto; in 2019, he was part of the collective exhibit SIETE, which gathered Bolivian illustrators, and was held at Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte.


CAROLINA SANJINÉS. Concepción, Chile. 1962

She studied sculpture and ceramic based techniques at Baltimore Claywork in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She participated at Emilio Gallazi’s Aperto Art Workshop, in Faenza, Italy; she was also a member of the Raku and Naked Raku Workshop at the Pieter Brueghel Institute in Veghel, The Netherlands. She has participated in many individual and collective art shows exhibiting sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings in Bolivia and abroad. She won first place at the 14th Biennial in 2004 and the Municipal Sculpture Prize in 2009 and 2017, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.


DOUGLAS RIVERA. La Paz, Bolivia. 1992

He studied Graphic Design in the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, UMSA. He studied Visual Arts at the EMDA Municipal Art Institute, and cinematography at the ECA Institute for Film and Audiovisual Arts. He won the grand prize at the LXII Pedro Domingo Murillo art contest in La Paz, 2014; first prize in the Municipal Art Contest for Young emerging Painters in Santa Cruz, 2017; Second Place at the Eduardo Abaroa 2013 Illustration Contest; Grand Prize at the UMSA Art Contest in 2013; Best Montage in the Amalia Gallardo 2013 award; First Place at the National Prize Ivar Mendez 2012; First Place at the Fredy Alborta 2012 Municipal Photography Award; First Prize at the National Photography Award of the Architect’s Guild in 2010. He participated in individual and collective art shows in Bolivia and Abroad.


ERASMO ZARZUELA. Oruro, Bolivia. 1943

Mr. Zarzuela studied Economics at the UTO (Oruro Technical University). He dedicated 50 of his 75 years to art, craft which he learned by himself. He participated in over 60 art collective and individual art shows. He was a member of Círculo 70 together with Gíldaro Antezana, Ricardo Pérez Alcalá, among others, a generation that was inspired by native indigenous traditions and cultures as a response to external influences, and reflected on the country’s situation, focusing their attention on its social and political dimensions.  He won the National Award for Painting in 1971 and 1986 at the Pedro Domingo Murillo Award, La Paz; the National Award in Cochabamba in 1971, 1972, 1976, 1979 and 1982; The National Prize at the UTO University Art Award in 1974 and 1977; and the National Award at the 6th Edition of the Cecilio Guzmán de Rojas Award in Potosí, in 1980. His work is on display in national museums and private collections in Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, US, France, Japan, Peru and Venezuela.


GUIOMAR MESA. La Paz, Bolivia. 1961

She majored in Art at UMSA University. In her paintings, she experiments with the materials and textures, taking them almost to abstraction. Her main themes are centered on identity, myths, the feminine and landscapes. She participated at the Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 1997; the Biennial in Cuenca (Ecuador), in 1998; the Lima Biennial in Peru, in 2002 and the Venice Biennial in 2005. She won the Grand Prize for her entire oeuvre, Pedro Domingo Murillo Art Contest in La Paz. She participated in many individual and collective art shows in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, US, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.


HERLAN BALBOA. La Paz, Bolivia. 1985

He studied at the ANBA National Fine Arts Academy and graduated in Graphic Design from UMSA. He participated in many collective shows in Bolivian galleries and museums. In 2018, he won the first prize for Drawing at the Eduardo Abaroa Plurinational Contest , and First Prize for Illustration with “Migración del agua”. In 2017, he got honorary mentions at the Fermando Montes Peñaranda Drawing Contest, and the 4th Edition of the Contest “Las illas de las Artes Plásticas”, as well as the First Place for the Gustavo Mendez Drawing Award of the Ivar Mendez Foundation in La Paz. His work is part of national and international private collections.


INÉS FERNÁNDEZ DE CÓRDOVA. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. 1992

She studied illustration and printing techniques (on metal, silkscreen, linoleum and others) at Camberwell College of Arts, at the University of the Arts London (2011-2015). There she did a master’s in printmaking (2015-2017). Upon concluding her program, her final exhibit received an award from Bainbridge Print Studios and Artichoke Print Studios, both in London. As a result, the Exhibit London gallery invited her to present her first individual art show in September, 2017. She presented her works in collective art shows in diverse galleries such as Saatchi, Jealous Gallery and Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. She won the first prize in the Graphic Arts category in the 12th Municipal Art Contest “Jovenes Creadores” in 2018, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. This led to her inclusion in an art exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum, which gathered a group of artists who also won prizes. Currently, she is simultaneously working on her own and is a part of Jealous Print Studios, since the latter part of 2017, and also making prints for the renowned English Artist Anita Klein.


JAMIR JOHANSON. Cajabamba, Peru. 1973

Jamir Johanson studied drawing and painting at the National Fine Arts Institute in Lima (1991-1997). His art career led him to Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 2004. He traveled to present an exhibit and decided to stay because of the diverse opportunities presented to him. During his career, he was awarded the silver medal in painting and the Quimica Gamma Award “Promoción Juan Manuel Ugarte Elespurú”, both awards given by the National Fine Arts Institute. His work has been exhibited at the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute, in Lima, in the Peruvian Embassy in Singapore. In the Peruvian Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, at the El Cabildo Gallery in Tarija, at the Raúl Otero Reiche Municipal House of Culture in Santa Cruz, at the Camino Real Hotel in Chiquitos (San José de Chiquitos) and at Los Tajibos hotel; at La Riviera Building in Cainco, and art galleries such as Kiosko, Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte and Casa Melchor Pinto. After 21 years of hard work, he has accomplished one of his dearest aspirations as an artist: to have a large studio and be able to make a living off his art.



He is Bolivian by his parents’ side. In 1986, he majored Summa Cum Laude in Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. In 1988, he finished a masters’ program in fine Arts at the Mason Gross Institute of Rutgers University in New Jersey. He worked over 25 years in three continents. Although his preferred medium is painting, he also does sculptures, drawings and multimedia installations. He taught in his workshop for 20 years and frequently works in collaboration with other artists. He participated in the Biennials in Venice, Sao Paulo and El Cairo. His works have been in exhibits throughout Germany, Hungry, The Netherlands, Spain and many parts in North America, as well as Panama City, Mexico City, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, New York and Memphis.


MARIEL KÚNCAR. Salta, Argentina. 1967

She is of Bolivian nationality by her parents’ side. She studied Fine Arts at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia. She traveled extensively throughout her life, always accompanied with pencils markers and brushes. Throughout her 20 year career, she has produced works on paper, canvas, as well as installations, sculptures, illustrations and photographs, which were on exhibit in many galleries in Bolivia, US, Trinidad & Tobago and Tunisia.


RENATO ESTRADA. Potosí, Bolivia. 1941

He studied at the Mariscal Sucre Teacher’s College in Sucre and the Fine Arts Academy at Universidad Tomás Frías, in Potosí. He also studied Architecture at Universidad Mayor de San Simón, in Cochabamba and participated in a workshop with the painter Ponciano Cárdenas. He has participated in solo and group shows in Bolivia, Argentina, United States, Spain, Peru, Italy and Colombia. He received a distinction from the Municipal Government of Cochabamba in 2010; he won the Grand Prize in Printmaking in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the National Contest of Fine Arts in Cochabamba, the Paleta Award, the Summer Hall Award from ABAP Cochabamba; 1985 Grand Prize for Drawing given by the National Contest of the Architect’s Guild of Santa Cruz among others. His work is on display in the Contemporary Art Museum of Sucre, the Potosi House of Coin and the Antonio Paredes Candia Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as in private collections in Bolivia and abroad, including Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Brazil.


ROXANA ARIAS VACA. Bermejo – Tarija, Bolivia. 1971

Visual artist, graphic designer and cultural promoter born in Tarija, she majored in arts from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). She began her career in art in 1992, in the workshop of her professors Heriberto Zorrilla and Helena Distéfano, founders of Grupo Esencialismo Argentino, of which she is a member. She also belongs to other art collectives. She participated in diverse solo and croup exhibits in important cultural centers, museums and galleries in Argentina, United States and Bolivia, and received awards and honorable mentions in these. Her work has been studied and featured in specialized books and magazines.


ROBERTO VALCÁRCEL. La Paz, Bolivia. 1951

His career spans over 23 years. His first exhibit took place in Germany in 1976. He studied Architecture for eight years in Darmstadt, on a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service at the beginning of the 1970’s. During his education, he took courses related to art, and won a scholarship that allowed him to visit all the art academies in Germany to research how the subject was taught. He also studied photography for four years. His first art exhibits were photographs, a constant medium in his creative production. He participated in international biennials such as Sao Paulo, La Habana, Porto Alegre (Mercosur Biennial), Trujillo, Lima and Cuenca. He also participated in international art fairs such as the New York Art Fair, ArteBA in Buenos Aires and ARCO ion Madrid. He held over 30 individual exhibits in Bolivian cultural institutions, such as the National Art Museum of La Paz, BHN Foundation, EMUSA gallery, EsArt Gallery, Arte Único, Cecilio Guzmán de Rojas in La Paz, the Municipal House of Culture in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte. His exhibits abroad include venues such as the IMF in Washington DC, House of Americas in Madrid, Mall Galleries in London, the Drresdner Bank in Hamburg, the Museum of Modern Art in Cali, Colombia, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago de Chile, and the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (Malba). He has received multiple awards. The first award he ever won was as a teen, the Pedro Domingo Murillo Award for Young Artists. He received many awards for his drawings, paintings and works in non-traditional media. Valcarcel is a published author and professor, two constants in his intellectual production. He currently lives in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.


SANTIAGO JUNIOR AYALA. Oruro, Bolivia. 1986

He studied at the Hernando Siles National Academy of Fine Arts, and graduated in 2010, with a specialization in painting. However, his preferred medium is graphite drawings. He also studied Graphic Design at Universidad Mayor de San Andres, UMSA. He has had many solo and group art shows in La Paz and Santa Cruz. He received the first place in drawing at the 12th national contest of Fine Arts “Villa Real de San Felipe de Austria”, in Oruro, in 2018. He lives in La Paz since he was a child.


TITO KURAMOTTO. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. 1941

At 78 years of age, Tito Kuramotto’s career spans over six decades. He is acknowledged as a pioneer and fundamental artist in the art world of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. As a teenager, his priority was focused on drawing. In 1960, he studied Architecture at UMSA University for a year and a half before dropping out. He joined the Institute of Fine Arts in Santa Cruz, where he was tutored by the Hungarian architect and painter Jorge Rozsa Obermayer. He also studied art in Buenos Aires, and was tutored by one of his idols, Hugo Pratt, creator of Sargent Kirk. Since 1972, he studied in Paris thanks to a scholarship awarded by Patiño Foundation. There, he was part of Atelier 17 led by Stanley William Hayter, famous printmaker and abstract painter. When he returned, he founded the Visual Arts Workshop in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1974, together with Marcelo Callaú, Herminio Pedraza and Olga Rivera. Kuramotto is also a set designer and designs floats for the Carnival in celebrated in Santa Cruz. He currently works in his private studio and teaches at the Faculty of Arts at Gabriel René Moreno University.


VIDAL CUSSI. Pacajes – La Paz, Bolivia. 1983

He studied at the Hernando Siles National Academy for Fine Arts until 2007. He obtained the Grand Prize of the Second Miyaki International Contest of painting in 2010; he was awarded the first prize at the Pedro Domingo Murillo Art Contest in 2010, for drawing; he also received the Grand Prize at the National Painting Contest that took place in Oruro 2011, in the Emerging Artist category. He won the Grand Prize of the LX Pedro Domingo Murillo Art Contest in 2013 and the Cecilio Guzman de Rojas National Grand Prize in Potosi in 2013. In 2014, he received the First Prize in Painting in the Eduardo Avaroa Contest as well as in the first Painting Contest Mujer, awarded by Casa Design Center, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He participated in diverse group exhibits and four solo shows.