Gastón Ugalde (b. 1946) was born in La Paz, Bolivia where he resides and works to the present day. He studied architecture at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, as well as Economics and Political Science studies at the Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and completed studies at the Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver, Canada. Spanning a half-century, his career has included performance, painting, sculpture, installations, land-art, and photography. Considered a video-art pioneer, Ugalde is the best-known Bolivian artist internationally. Critics have referred to him as the ‘Andean Warhol’ as his work is deeply rooted in Bolivian traditions and marked by socio-political references. Ugalde’s most famous work, presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale, March for Life, is a patchwork of traditional Inca and Aymara blankets representing our shared social fabric, imposing a universal question about humanity, values, and purpose.
Since 1972, Ugalde has had 81 solo shows and over 160 collective exhibitions. He has exhibited at the most important biennales such as Venice in 2001 and 2009, Sao Paulo in 1978, 1981, and 1985, and La Havana in 1986 and 1999. Ugalde was the recipient of the prestigious Konex award for creativity alongside noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer in 2002. Most recently, he exhibited at Photo London in May 2017.