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permanent mission of the bolivarian republic of venezuela to the united nations Presents As part of the anniversary celebrations of the bicentenary of the revolution of independence of Latin America and the Caribbean "Pictorial Interpretations" In the image of Simon Bolivar, by Venezuelan Artist Ernesto Leon Guest Artists MARTA LUZ GUTIERREZ CLARK FOX ELIZABETH CONROY LUVIN MORALES GLORIA FIALLO New York, April 23, 2010

2 permanent mission of the bolivarian republic of venezuela to the united nations SPEECH BY THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA TO THE UNITED NATIONS, AMBASSADOR JORGE VALERO, ON THE OCCASION OF THE PICTORIAL EXHIBITION: THE PORTRAITS OF BOLIVAR BY THE PAINTER ERNESTO LEON The existential journey of Simon Bolivar has been shaped over time through various expressions of art, miniatures, paintings, prints, coins, sculptures and equestrian statues. The Bolivarian iconography is rich and diverse. There are the miniatures in London and Madrid, -where the young Bolívar- who travels the Hispanic world: Cuba, Mexico, Spain; lives in Madrid ( ); and then moves to France in his first trip to Europe. A travel route that he resumes in his second trip ( ), this time marked by his early widowhood and the emergence of his concern for the fate of America. In those days the decline of the Bourbon dynasty was inevitable, precipitated by the expansion of the Napoleonic Empire. America awoke to its historical consciousness, reflected in the emergence of republics within in the captaincies and viceroyalties of the Spanish empire, expressing their desire to become nations, with their own destiny. The images of the Liberator are scarce in the early years of the Independence revolution. A portrait exists of the years of the “War to the Death”, and another one done in Haiti: it is the image of the thinker of the Jamaica Letter. They are years of constant struggle, of victories and defeats, of exile and persecution. As of 1819, after the creation of the Republic of Colombia and the victories of the New Granada campaign, his image is universalized. From then on, the face of the Liberator is diffused around the world, via the work of English, French, and U.S. artists, among others, until culminating with the portrait done by Gil de Castro Lima, when he is the liberator of Colombia and Peru. His image identifies the new countries. It is incorporated into the maps of the new nations. This graphic presence is maintained constant until his last days in the drawings of Antonio Meucci Francois Desire Roulin and Jose Maria Espinosa. Pietro Tenerani, represents him as a hero of classic antiquity and an emblem of romanticism in his sculpture done in 1842, which is present today at the National Pantheon in Caracas. Another phase then begins of the Bolivarian epic, with the equestrian statues in the ancient principal town squares of Caracas, Lima, Bogotá, and later in Paris, New York, Washington and other cities of the world. This exhibition of the painter Ernesto León recreates, with a faithful pictorial interpretation, the impression of Simon Bolivar. It is a unique testimony of a figure that with his dense intelligence and ceaseless libertarian battle, contributed to the most significant changes experienced by modern society. Through this excellent pictorial display, the father of the nation is with us today. We are celebrating, these days, a new historic dawn: the great celebration of the Bicentenary of April 19, 1810, which marks the beginning of the war of emancipation of a continent, which seeks new paths to freedom, independence and sovereignty. As an expression of Bolivarian solidarity, the artists Elizabeth Conroy Benati , Clark V. Fox, Gloria Fiallo, Luvin Morales and Marta Gutierrez have taken part in this exhibition, for this we would like to express our appreciation for their beautiful contributions. New York, April 23rd, 2010

3 ERNESTO LEON RETRATO DE SIMON BOLIVAR. 50 X 38 CMS. 2010 ERNESTO LEON Was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Madrid, Spain, at the in Paul Coremans de Churubusco institute, in Mexico City, and also at New York University, USA. He has done over 25 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions and has also been working on projects ranging from nature conservation, architecture, illustrations, designs, photographs, sculptures, videos, radio, activism, TV activism and community organizing. Ernesto Leon has exhibited in different institutions in Asia, America, Europe, Africa, India and Australia. The artist's current work focuses on alternative culture and community activism and radio media, noncommercial community TV in the field of cultural resistance. Leon currently combines his experience with visuals with the dynamics related to new technologies supporting social causes as well as political activism on projects that encourage reflection of society in its struggles and achievements. Leon maintains a thread that binds together paintings, videos, pictures and programs on community radio and TV, as well as socially significant events relating to the struggle against racist movements, the struggle against the war, free and alternative media, labor struggles and labor rights, the complaints process against occupations, genocides, anti-imperialism, the fight against the death penalty and prison systems, the fight against the arms race, sale and trafficking of weapons, genetically modified foods, the denouncement of the commercial and consumerist culture, what we call the cultural resistance, as well as for the preservation of the traditional cultures of the world.  Ernesto León is currently developing a vast work of videos representing social discontent by groups not taken into account and anti-globalization movements. Ernesto has created in recent years more than 150 non-commercial community TV programs, he has shown his video in museums and places of cultural diffusion, as well as over a hundred radio programs (Radio Pacifica USA) related to the topics above mentioned.

4 ELIZABETH CONROY "Anacronismo Bolivariano (Boceto)" 2010 - 30 x cm 40
ELIZABETH CONROY BENATI Education: Corcoran School of Art, George Washington University (USA), and Università di Bologna (Italy). Her artistic training included a collaboration of more than two decades with the important painter Ferruccio Maria Bertoni, famous for his religious paintings. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Italy, USA and Venezuela. Recent exhibitions: " Lienzos del Caribe" (2008) Museum of Contemporary Art Francisco Narvaez, Porlamar, "Reflexiones" ( ) Museum of Contemporary Art Francisco Narváez, Porlamar; " Lienzos del Caribe" ( ) Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington (USA) “Virgenes, Guerreros y Soñadores” (2010), La Casa del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico. Her work is displayed in: Permanent Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Francisco Narvaez, at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington. Gallery Poseidon de Pampatar. Her work of sacred art adorns the Church of El Tirano, Isla Margarita, Venezuela Le Flamboyant Hotel, Playa el Agua, Isla de Margarita. Venezuela. She is also displayed in numerous private collections in Venezuela and abroad.

5 CLARK V. FOX SIMON BOLIVAR/ OIL ON CANVAS/ 9"X12" INCHES/ 2010 CLARK FOX: Clark Fox is Native American and comes from Texas, USA, a descendant of Cherokee and Powhatan tribes. Fox studied under Japanese master Unichi Hiratsuka ( ) In the sixties, he abandoned his intention to complete his formal education to join the struggle against the war in Vietnam. He made copies of portraits at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and he considers himself a self-taught person. He is also known as the "Godfather" of the artistic movement of the American counter-culture. Clark Fox has been recognized in the art world of the seventies as the last exponent of the artistic movement "Washington Color School”. Frustrated by the restrictions of this movement, Clark developed his own pictorial style mixing pop-art and pointillism as well as the radical left ideology. His work is in numerous museums and public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum, among others.

Born in San Cristobal, Venezuela. She graduated in architecture from the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She studied drawing with the master Pedro Centeno Vallenilla. She took courses in painting, drawing and engraving at the Cristobal Rojas School of Visual Arts in Caracas. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and America. She has done 10 solo exhibitions including two in the U.S. and one in Slovakia. Her most recent solo exhibition "Decada" in the Visual Arts Museum of Tachira, was proposed as a retrospective and in it there were prints, drawings and paintings where the human body, its sexuality and daily tasks were the protagonist. Her work is displayed in National Museums and in Collections both in Venezuela and the United States. She currently lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela

7 LUVIN MORALES "EL CAMINANTE Y SU SOMBRA LIBERTARIA" LUVIN MORALES Originally from Venezuela, he received a degree in Graphic Design, a Masters in Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and Photography from San Carlos Academy of the National School of Plastic Arts of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, he coordinates the SOS-TIERRA Project in Mexico for the Swedish magazine of Modern and Contemporary Art Heterogenesis. His photographs often investigate the relationship between image and urban culture; this is why his production upon which he demystifies the local image as cliché through the eyes of others, is recognized via his production of objects as: "des images à la frontière entre la photographie et le dessin aù se mêlent réalitè vue et réalitè vécue", as was affirmed by La Marseillese in its “Chronique Arts Visuels”, and as the French magazine L’express portays him under the headline: "imaginaire et réalité". One of the most important magazines in Latin America specializing in photography called Extra Camara (No. 25, ) in its article titled "Three Looks to Reinvent Reality" (p. 55, 58, 59) written by Dr. Gregory Zambrano, when referring to his work says: "the artist has managed to transpose the boundaries of his own landscape and open up to the incorporation of another to make it fully his”. His images delve into the ethnic issue, in the fight to integrate with a landscape that is foreign to him. There is a triple assumption of that which is foreign: a space that does not belongs to the country that assumes it, a transferred culture, and an attentive forein eye that is known foreign. There he seeks to match, explain perhaps, with new shades, a fine sensory that transmutes the porosity of the colors, the vibrancy of the movement and the mystery contained within stories perception.

8 MARTA GUTIERREZ MARTA GUTIERREZ Born in Medellin, Colombia, in a traditional family where having a formal career was the norm. She graduated in architecture, not forgetting that her essence is to be an artist. She moved to the United States and studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) and at 'The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. In her work, paintings and furniture, she mixes all the disciplines, she learned, a fascination with materials and a constant search for abstraction. She has displayed her collections: Día a día, Horizontes, Sinmarco and Cortes in galleries and museums. She spends her days in her studio in Washington DC working on her work inspired by the events of everyday life. y dice asi: Bolivar caracas 1783 igualdad libertad Independenci a libertador venezuela colombia ecuador peru bolivia heroe visionario libertad igualdad santa marta 1830 Acrilico y tinta sobre lino/ 116 CMS x  24 CMS. 2010

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