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Alejandro Otero


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(b. Manteca, Venezuela, 1921; d. Caracas, Venezuela, 1990). Otero is best known for his large-scale assemblage public sculpture. Otero was born in Manteca Venezuela in 1921. His father died when he was two years old and his family moved to Ciudad Bolivar. While enrolled in a program of study for architecture at Maracay State, Paraguay, he went to Caracas to take courses in painting, sculpture, stained glass and art education at the School of Fine and Applied Arts. From this point on he dedicated himself to the fine arts. He began teaching, finished his degree and was eventually awarded a grant to travel to France. In Paris he worked on a series of still life paintings that earned him significant recognition which led to his inclusion in the 1946-8 Pan American Union Exhibition in Washington D.C. in 1948, which traveled to the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas in 1949. Throughout his artistic career he remained resistant to tradition rigid artistic practices in Venezuela. Upon his return

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