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Pablo Barriga

(Quito, Ecuador, 1949) Painter, conceptual artist and educator. He is considered among the precursors of contemporary art in Ecuador in the line of conceptualism. His works emphasize processes and experimentation, questioning the elevated status of the artistic object and proposing an approach to popular aesthetics. Pablo Barriga's practice has been characterized by transgressing the boundaries of artistic genres, challenging art institutions, appropriating unconventional spaces, and opening possibilities for viewers to reinterpret their role. In March 2015, he received the Mariano Aguilera Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the cultural field, as his continued production has helped expand the artistic practices in Ecuador. More than twenty years ago, Pablo Barriga decided to set up his workshop in the abandoned spaces of a former Military Hospital; today, this place has become the Contemporary Art Center of Quito.