Miguel Betancourt


Miguel Betancourt (born January 5, 1958) is an Ecuadorian contemporary artist living in Quito, Ecuador. He was formed as an artist in Ecuador, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His paintings are a fusion of local cultural motives and colors, and Western artistic influence.

Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1958, Betancourt grew up in the outskirts of the city (Cumbayá). His talent drew attention early in his teenager years, and he was encouraged to attend art classes in Quito. Prominent Ecuadorian artist, Oswaldo Moreno, became his tutor, friend and artistic guidance. His artistic talent earned him a scholarship to study at the Milwaukee Art Center, United States, for a year. Upon his return to Ecuador, he enrolled in university to study Pedagogy and Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

In 1988, he was invited by the Department of State of the USA to a Cultural Tour. In the same year, the British Council awarded him a scholarship to study a postgraduate art degree at the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London. Subsequently, he strengthened his presence in Europe with a traveling exhibition through England, the Netherlands and Austria. In 1993, he was selected to represent his country at the XLV. Venice Biennale, Italy and then received the Pollock-Krasner Award conferred by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York City, USA. Meanwhile, his art was exhibited in museums and exhibitions, and found part in private collections in Europe and Latin America, including the art collections of the United Nations offices in Vienna and in Geneva (specifically in UNAIDS). In 2000, the University of Western Sydney invited Betancourt to lecture on Ecuadorian art and exhibit his artwork at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Between 2001 and 2003, his paintings went on itinerant shows through Central America. Highlights in the recent past include participation in Visual Trends in Ecuador´s Contemporary Art organized by the Corporación Andina de Fomento in Caracas, Venezuela (2004); participation as Invitee of Honor to the V. International Art Biennial SIART in La Paz, Bolivia (2007), and in The Night of the Museums in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009).[3] He was appointed to be the Ecuador coordinator of Luciano Benetton's (Benetton family) Ojo Latino Project (Milan 2008) ? a book publication of Latin American contemporary art selected by Benetton. Betancourt continues to be involved in various projects and exhibitions in Ecuador and internationally.