Rodolfo Ayoroa, Bolivian (1927 - 2003)

Rodolfo Ayoroa

Bolivian born artist Rudy Ayoroa (1927-2003), was an internationally known painter, sculptor and printmaker. He is acclaimed by South American critics as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s major kinetic artists, and in the United States as one of the pioneer’s of kinetic art. He received classical training in Argentina and his works reside in permanent collections in museums throughout the world in such places as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Ayoroa was born in La Paz, Bolivia on September 16, 1927 to a prominent Bolivian family. He lived and worked in Bolivia, Argentina, Washington, D.C. and made Kentucky his final home. His love for Kentucky and his fascination with the Civil War inspired him to complete a series of 30 paintings, including one of the Battle of Perryville.

Solo Exhibitions:
2003 Greater Loveland Historical Museum, Loveland, Ohio
2001 Museum of the Civil War, Bardstown, KY
1997 Chaing Kai-Shek Memorial Center, Tai Pei, Taiwan
1996 Teledyne Corporation, Lebanon, Kentucky
1994 Taipinquiri Gallery and Art Center, La Paz, Bolivia
1994 EMUSA Gallery, La Paz, Bolivia
1993 EMUSA Gallery, La Paz, Bolivia
1991 Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
1990 EMUSA Gallery, La Paz, Bolivia
1989 Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
1988 Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
1982-83 Multiple Galleries in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, Bolivia
1981 San Diego Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
1980 Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
EMUSA Gallery, La Paz, Bolivia
Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
1979 Gallery Uno, Dos, Tres, San Salvador, El Salvador
El Camino Real Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
Fayetteville Museum of Art, North Carolina
1977 Genesis Galelry, New York City
Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogota, Colombia
EMUSA Gallery, La Paz, Bolivia
Lorenz Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
National Museum of Fine Art, La Paz, Bolivia
1976 Washington World Galley, Washington, D.C.
Huber Gallery, Washington, D.C.
National Library, San Jose, Costa Rica
1974 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
1969 Group Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
1968 Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pan American Union (OAS), Washington, D.C.
1967 Asociación Estimulo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ayoroa, Bóto, Vardánega)
1956 San Andres University, La Paz, Bolivia
Bolivian-German Cultural Institute, La Paz, Bolivia

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1995 Kentucky Artists, Keeneland Exhibition Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky. Awarded First Prize for “The Battle of Lebanon”
1989 A Kentucky Show, Museum of Art, Ogonquit, Maine and Lexington Civic Center, Lexington, Kentucky
1988 The Experienced Eye, Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Owensboro, Kentucky
1987 VIII International Art Biennial, Valparaíso, Chile
The International Club, Washington, D.C.
1986 Kentucky Artist, Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
1985 Kentucky Artist, Baker Galleries, Nantucket, Rhode Island and New york City
1983 Sao Paolo International Art Biennial, Sao Paolo, Brazil
1981 Washington Painters, Museum Services Institute, HEW, Washington, D.C.
International Sculpture Conference, District of Columbia Artists, Washington, D.C.
Cayman Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1980 Contemporary Sculpture, Gallery K, Washington, D.C.
1976 Latin American Horizons: 1976, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
Metropolitan Museum of Art Center, Miami, Florida
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Pensacola Art Center, Pensacola, Florida
1975 Contemporary Printmakers of the Americas (circulated to fifteen museums and galleries throughout the U.S.
Latin American Art, New York Botanical Gardens
1974 Latin American Print Biennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Great Young Artists of Today, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1973 Art of the Americas in Washington Private Collections, OAS, Washington, D.C.
Bolivian Artists of Today, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France

Academic Appointments:
1981-82 Visiting Professor of Art, San Francisco Xavier University, Sucre, Bolivia
1974-75 Visiting Professor of Art, American University, Washington, D.C.

Lecturer and/or Workshop Presentations:
1971-1996 Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art, Lexington, Kentucky
Cincinatti Council on World Affairs Program:
Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio
Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
University School of Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee
University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogota, Colombia
Bolivian-American Cultural Institute, La Paz, Bolivia
Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky

Selected Public Collections:
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia
National Museum of Fine Art, La Paz, Bolivia
Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, North Carolina
University of Texas Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
Dade County Public Libraries, Florida
New York City Public Library
University of Kentucky Museum of Art, Lexington, Kentucky
The Organization of American States, Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.

Selected Corporate Collections:
The Prudential Insurance Company, Nashville, Tennessee
Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tennesee
R.J. Reynolds Industries, Raleigh, North Carolina
Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, Raleigh, North Carolina
Tenneco Corporation, Houston, Texas
INTELSAT, Washington, D.C.
The Capital Centre, Maryland
International Technology Underwriters (INTEC), Bethesda, Maryland
Personal Policy Service, Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky Home Life Mutual Insurance, Louisville, Kentucky

Special Commissions-Government and Corporate:
1999 Commissioned by the City of Lebanon, KY build a monument commemorating Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.
1999 Commissioned by the City of Lebanon, KY to build a monument commemorating Union commander Gen. George H. Thomas (The Rock of Chickamagua)
1992 Commissioned to paint twelve portraits of former presidents of Bolivia which hang in the National Palace, La Paz, Bolivia
1989-93 Commissioned to paint four portraits of former presidents of Kentucky School for the Deaf, Danville, Kentucky
1987 Awarded a commission by International Technology Underwriters to create a painting commemorating the recovery of Palapa B-2 Spacecraft and a limited-edition of serigraphs given to astronaut Rick Hauck and his crew on the STS 515-A space mission. Painting exhibited at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Austin, Texas and at other sites in Europe and the United States.
1978 Site-specific work. Awarded a commission by the Art in Public Buildings Program, Metro Dade County, Florida to create plexi-glass wall sculptures for the Dade County Health Center.
Hundreds of private commissions: Murals, portraits, sculptures, and civil war paintings

Selected Private Collections:
Mr. and Mrs. Luis Alipaz, La Paz, Bolivia
Ambassador and Mrs. John Jova, Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Mackenzie Gordon, Washington, D.C.
Mr. E. David Harrison, Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Boyer, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Carlos Cruz-Diez, Paris, France
Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Tinoco, Caracas, Venezuela
Ambassador Diego Arias, Caracas, Venezuela
Dr. Victor Paz Estenssoro, La Paz, Bolivia
Mr. Jose Luis Cuevas, Mexico City
Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Tossi, Milan, Italy
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Straight, Bethesda, Maryland
Dr. and Mrs. Ira Glick, San Francisco, California
Mrs. Philip Handler, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Rafael Squirru, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Illanes, La Paz, Bolivia
Mr. and Mrs. Luis Arnal, La Paz, Bolivia
Dr. Guillermo Bedregal, La Paz, Bolivia
Ambassador and Mrs. Jorge Crespon, Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Alverto Cohen, San Salvador, El Salvador
Mr. and Mrs. Ike Griffin, Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Skeeter Reed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, Bardstown, Kentucky

1960 Study of restoration and conservation of 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Apprenticeship with Julio Moises, former director of La Academia Real de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
1951-55 M.A. Architectural Design and Painting, National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
1948-55 Study of portrait painting and drawing of the human figure in charcoal and oil. Studio of Vicente Puig
Study of drawing, painting, composition and color. Studios of Demetrio Urruchua and Lino
Spilimbergo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1947-48 Academy of Fine Arts, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Press Reviews, Articles and Citations:
The Lexington Herald Leader, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), The China Post,
The Washington Post, The Washingtonian Magazine, San Juan Star, The Miami Herald
Americas, Who’s Who in American Art, and numerous other newspapers and periodicals around the world.

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