It's a special pleasure to visit a place where creativity comes to life, and to study connections between the space and the artist. What struck me most about Viteri's studio was that it appeared to be just an extension of the rest of his home— or rather, his whole home, with all of its expansive collections, was really an extension of his studio.
Maybe it's because of the sheer volume of art in the home and the studio, but there is a certain degree of warmth and approachability to both. It's not the type of place that you walk around with your hands by your side trying not to upset anything, it's a place that invites you to approach collections and works in progress to examine them closely. In the studio, mountains of half-gone oil paint tubes and brushes reside next door to display of ancient Incan figurines, and his own portraits hang next to antiques, lessening the distinctions and giving a sense of removed preciousness.
As we toured the studio, the Viteris launched into a passionate explanation of any piece that drew my special attention. I've included descriptions of most areas in the individual picture captions.
Thank you Marta and Oswaldo!
To check out more of Viteri's work, check out his website, and if you'd like to see more of the Viteri's inspiring home, check out Marta and Oswaldo Viteri's Vast Storytelling Collections house tour.
Images: Leah Moss