Carlos Paez Vilaró ´s Biography

VILARO_Carlos Páez Vilaró born in Montevideo, Uruguay , on 1 November 1923 .
Marked by a strong artistic vocation started in his youth to Buenos Aires , where he joined the middle of the graphic arts as an apprentice typesetter in barracks and Avellaneda. Upon his return to Uruguay in the 40s , motivated by the issue of candombe and East African troupe and linking closely to the life of the tenement ” Mediomundo ” falls squarely to manifest in the field of art .

With unbridled passion , Paez Vilaró surrendered completely to the subject , painting dozens of cartons , composing candombes for lubolas troupes , directing choirs , decorating their drums or acting as an incentive folklore at that time imposed struggled against misunderstanding .

Sandpipers , funerals , Christmas , markets, bailongos the moonlight , canvases populated cartons and Paez . Exhausted the subject , it was inevitable departure to Brazil , where he would begin a long journey through all those countries where the blackness had strong presence in Senegal , Liberia , Congo, Dominican Republic . Haiti , Cameroun , Nigeria …

During this period he painted hundreds of works , made multiple exposures and left his stamp on monumental murals . He has turned to painting , sculpture, ceramics , film and literature and so much passion that left indelible marks on each gear .

He met Picasso , Dali, De Chirico and Calder in their workshops and lived with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné leprosarium .

Páez Vilaró , integrating the French Expedition ” Dahlia ” , managed to perform in Africa , the film ” ” Batouk ” distinguished to close the Cannes Film Festival. Throughout his extensive career accomplishments despite travel and experienced in his painting during the half century of action changes , the artist remained firmly loyalty to Afro- Uruguayan topic , which is followed by spending the best hours or accompanying a drums beating when each year the ceremony of “calls ” is celebrated.

The tenement ” Mediomundo ” starting point of his work , was demolished and with it, its rich history . Páez Vilaró finally settled in Punta Ballena, Uruguay , has a workshop in the main dome of Casapueblo , his ” living sculpture ” , modeled with their own hands, on the cliffs overlooking the sea in Punta Ballena.


The painting of Carlos Paez Vilaro draws an endless journey of adventure and challenges. Taking the scenery and different cultures everything that hit him , and capturing it in their own way hundreds of cardboard and cloth, was enriched his work and taking courage to keep battling in the pursuit of art . Self-taught, it was not easy to overcome and ignore rules imposed within the painting , to guide freely and discover your own style . With the obstacle as a major stimulus , and a brilliant production capacity , won the admiration and recognition of people. He exhibited his works in museums and galleries worldwide. As fate would be found in their walk with great masters such as Pablo Picasso , Salvador Dalí , Giorgio De Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Jean Cassou , Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol among others, encouraged and stimulated when it took its first steps as an artist outside of Uruguay .

Páez Vilaró , seduced by the work of his compatriot Pedro Figari , started in painting, in the 40s , with the folk themes of his country that inspired his first paintings .

Scenes jackets , plain , and you miss caballadas packed his paintings , until life became black Uruguayan monopolize almost all their production, and their link to the carnival parades lubolas .

Installed in the piece ” Yacumenza ” the tenement ” Mediomundo ” a dilapidated mansion inhabited by families of Afro- Uruguayan community , (now demolished) , painted dozens of cartons on the candombe , sandpipers, funerals or weddings.

The force of his message, the personality of those works , it was deserved distinguished by critic Jean Cassou , Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris , for exhibition in France at the Maison d’ Amerique Latine in l956 , in Crane Kalman Gallery in London and the Organization of American States in Washington.

Currently his works are exhibited in the Museum – Workshop Casapueblo , cultural organization founded by the master , nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea in Punta Ballena Uruguay .



Carlos Páez Vilaró inherited his father’s passion for building, the obsession with architecture approach never failed to accompany him.

When a catalog took a prefabricated wooden model and reformed for his first home and studio in Carrasco, Uruguay, began his love felt by the office, I immediately learned what served to recycle in the 50s, an old water tower located in Punta del Este where today stands the Conrad Hotel. It was an ancient mill, which harbored several years. As it was a municipal well, one day he was forced to share it with a radio and that accelerated their desire to find a place on the seafront, where he could do his work away from the noise and independently.
To discover the stunning scenery of Punta Ballena, realized that there would lift its final workshop.  CASAPUEBLO


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