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Osvaldo Pitoe

Osvaldo Pitoe was born in 1963 in the Guaraní community of Pedro P. Peña. He lives with his family in Cayin ô Clim. In his drawings, there are abundant representations of human action and scenes of collective life. The recurring themes in his works are inspired by lived experiences. 

His drawings are nurtured by memories of his childhood by the Pilcomayo River; they speak of his father, who took him hunting and fishing, and of his mother, who planted, weeded, and harvested in a garden. His drawings also refer to women’s tasks: gathering vegetables in the forest, and fetching water and firewood. The graphic expression of moments of family and community life emphasize the value and practice of sharing according to an Indigenous ethic. Other themes in his drawings include salaried work on the ranches and the Mennonite colonies. 

In his black ink drawings on paper, thin lines, vigor, and movement are notable. The figures of the humans, animals, trees, plants, and clouds present themselves as undulating and soft, suggesting a symmetrical coexistence and harmony between beings. In his acrylic paintings on wood, the artist delimits the outlines with precision, thus creating high relief for the represented figures. Sometimes he chooses earth colors with integrated tones, which reference the natural dyes used on caraguatá fiber bags; occasionally, he plays with clashing, contrasting, and vivid colors. 

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