SEPTEMBER 18, 1962


Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1889, Egas studied art at College of San Gabriel y Mejia and later Escuela de Bellas Artes in Quito (1905).  In 1918-22, on government scholarships, he attended the Art Academy (Rome), Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid), and Colorrossi Academy (Paris).  In 1924, Egas exhibited at Exposition d’Art Americain-Latin, Musée Galliera, Paris.  In Ecuador in 1926, he helped form the Indigenist Movement, founded Ecuador’s first art periodical, taught at Normal de Quito, and was National Theatre’s art director.  His style was large-scale oil paintings of Andean indigenous themes.  In 1927, Egas left for New York City (NYC), Spain and Italy where his work joined Surrealism, Neo-Cubism & Abstract Expressionism.  In 1932, he taught at the New School for Social Research, NYC and became its Director of Art in 1935 and, in 1939, painted a mural for the Ecuadorian Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair.  During the 1950s, Egas exhibited in Caracas, Quito, and NYC.  He died in NYC. 

 Agnes Szanyi, “Camilo Egas,” Histories of the New School, 5/31/2018.  Retrieved 1/7/2021,
 “Camilo Egas,” Latin American Art.  Retrieved 7/12/2020,
Photo:  Peter A. Juley & Son, circa 1932.  Permissive Use.  Source:  P.A. Julye & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum # JUL J0060674, SAAM

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