The history of Ecuadorian art would not be the same without this great master.
Camilo Egas was one of the country's most important artists, who is mainly known for his paintings. Born at the end of the 19th century, he made an invaluable contribution for many years to the development of Ecuadorian identity. Over a number of different rooms, this centre focuses on the various phases of his work. These phases included his involvement in national expressionism, where he played a key role in shaping national identity during the 20th century. His Indigenist creations are also of great significance, a retrospective phase in which he focused heavily on the perception of the pre-Colombian world and on indigenous studies, leading to his later period of formalistic romanticism. However, it is not just Egas' paintings that are so important, but the powerful message behind his art, linked to the need of a nation to define and safeguard its own unique identity.