Gaston Ugalde, born 1944 in La Paz, Bolivia (Venice Biennale 2009, 2001) is considered a visual arts leader in the region. His work is deeply rooted in Bolivian traditions and flled with socio-political references. He studied architecture (Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz), Economics and Political Science Studies (Simon Fraser University Canada) and completed his studies at the Vancouver School of Art. Spanning a half-century career, he is considered a video-art pioneer in Latin America and his work includes performance, painting, sculpture, installation, land-art, photography and printmaking. Since 1972 he has had over 90 solo-shows and over 100 collective exhibitions all over the world. Gastón Ugalde is the most internationally known Bolivian artist and has exhibited at the most important biennales such as Venice (2009, 2001), Sao Paulo (1978, 1981, 1985), Paris (1982) and La Havana (1986, 1999).