This stunning house overlooks Quito and is packed with the fruits of Oswaldo Guayasamin's lifetime of eclectic acquisitions. Although not technically the architect, Guayasamin's hand is evident it the house's design. The furnishings are largely as he left them and range from pre-Columbian to colonial to modern. In addition to being Ecuador's premier artist, Guayasamin also had a fine connoisseur's eye and chose his collection well. His studio remains largely as he left it, including partially completed portraits. This house perched above the city and filled with his personal art reminded me of Pablo Neruda's house on a similar hill above Valparaiso, Chile, and indeed, Guayasamin and the Chilean poet/leftist Neruda were friends.
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