José Luis Macas Paredes
José Luis Macas Paredes lives and works in Quito. He is a visual artist, professor and researcher in the Department of Visual Arts at the Catholic University of Ecuador. He has studied the visual arts in Belgium, Ecuador, and Cuba. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Space and Multimedia from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. He is a member of the sound performance collective 0°1533, a contributor to the Kichwa artist collective Samakruray and coordinator of the Chawpi creative lab, a cultural space located in Quito.
In 2018 he received first prize at the X International Biennial of Art SIART in La Paz, Bolivia with the textile lab collective; he participated in the XIV Cuenca International Biennial, and in 2010 he exhibited in the X Biennial of Design in Saint Etienne, France. He was awarded the Wytsman and Pappaerts prizes from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels in 2010 and 2011.
His research focuses on territorial memories and poetics, investigating the construction of the nation according to geographical, astronomical and cultural singularities, and bringing together the wisdom of the ancestral-historical legacy of the Americas with the strategies of contemporary art.