Hector Moncayo Viteri
(1895 - 1984)
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MONCAYO was the patriarch of the "Moncayo Painters" (or, as they
known in Venezuela, "The Moncayo Dynasty"). He passed along his
interest in art
to his brother, CARLOS MONCAYO VITERI. Hector married
ELENA MERINO DE MONCAYO, who also assimilated his love of painting
dedicated herself to it as well.
OSWALDO MONCAYO is the oldest of
Hector and Elena's sons, after whom comes
FANNY RAQUEL MONCAYO DE
MARTINEZ and GUSTAVO MONCAYO MERINO, who
each in turn inherited the
gift of painting from their father, Hector.
died at the age of (89?). He was generous to those who were
special to him,
a genius in the arts, fiery-spirited and with a very
tender and circumspect character.
a very young age he was apprenticed to a Master sculpturer but he
felt that that
avenue of art was not what he was looking for, and he
moved on to the
Escuela de Bellas Artes de Quito [School of Fine Arts
of Quito]. He stayed at the
school for a very short time, given that he
felt, in practice, that he had more capacity
and ability than his
himself from the school, in 1908 Hector began to paint alone,
himself known to the elite diplomats in Quito, who were left in
awe of the versatility
of this very young master. He always found
himself surrounded by important
people wishing to watch him paint.
diplomatic contacts gave rise to the occasion when the Minister
at that time offered him a scholarship to Italy. Because he was
paternal protection due to his young age, he was
prevented from accepting this
scholarship. Nevertheless, he did not
cease his artistic pursuits. He understood
that the best form of
education was practice, creating beautiful copies of
until later he felt that he had reached his prime and was
to undertake his characteristic themes: Cultural Landscapes,
street-side scenes, flowers, human figures, portraits, etc.
knew no limits. He was constantly beseiged by tourists and
who came to Quito, Ecuador, very much wanting to know him,
to interview him,
to film him, but with exaggerated modesty, he shied away
from receiving them.
married Elena Merino, a very energetic woman, full of artistic
ability as well.
Elena also developed a gift for the arts and soon
began to divide her time between
painting and her obligations as wife
and mother. Her painting style was a reflection
of her temperament: she
always painted bucolic landscapes in small formats.
in the family who still practice the profession are Fanny Raquel,
Leonardo, as well as a daughter of Oswaldo who signs herself
and Gustavo Moncayo, who is the youngest of his children.
graciously provided by his children, H. Gustavo Moncayo, and Fanny
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