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German Gustavo
Germán Gustavo Garzón Rodríguez is a young man who is 26 years of age and lives with his wife in the community of San Cristóbal in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. Since he was 13 years old, he has demonstrated an inclination for the visual arts – creating works made of clay, wood, and ceramics. By the time he was 16, he started painting abstract designs and female figures in oil and acrylic. What is true about Germán is that he knows perfect sculpturing techniques and has a wonderful eye for expressing abstract forms in his creations. They are pure, yet cannot be identified through existing images. Each creation is guided by the imagination and fantasy of the artist’s spirit. Although his experience has been mostly self-taught, Germán has received basic preparatory training in visual art in which he learned drawing, abstract sculpture, and three-dimensional shapes.


At the moment, Germán has a studio dedicated to sculptures made of wood and stone, as well as his artistic paintings. He also produces and sells handicrafts such as lamps made of wood, parchment, and leather. For this reason, he is requesting a loan worth 1,500,000 COP to buy materials such as wooden blocks of different sizes, containers of oil-based paint, and chisels in different sizes. The works he will create will allow him to continue expressing his own style.


Germán dreams of consolidating his work and positioning himself for other opportunities, such as opening markets in Latin America and achieving recognition at a few galleries on a national level. His greatest challenge is getting access to professional education. He says the application and testing processes are difficult and do not correlate to his knowledge of the visual arts. German lives in an attractive neighborhood with a nice location that contains a view of the hills to inspire his imagination and develop his creative potential.

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Germán Gustavo Garzón Rodríguez, es un joven de 26 años que vive con su esposa en la localidad San Cristóbal de Bogotá, la capital de Colombia. Desde sus 13 años mostró su inclinación hacia las artes plásticas, haciendo trabajos en arcilla, madera y cerámica, para ya a los 16 años iniciarse en la pintura al óleo, acrílico, de abstracción y figuras humanas femeninas; lo cierto es que Germán conoce perfectamente las técnicas escultóricas y es admirable deleitar la vista con sus creaciones que expresan formas abstractas, puras que no identifican imágenes existentes, pues su creación está guiada por la imaginación y la fantasía de su espíritu de artista. Aunque su formación ha sido muy autodidacta, estudió un básico preparatorio en artes plástica donde aprendió dibujo, escultura en formas abstractas y tridimensionales.
En la actualidad, Germán Garzón tiene un taller donde se dedica a la escultura en madera, piedra, pintura artística y además elabora y vende productos artesanales como lámparas en madera, pergamino, y cuero, para lo cual necesita comprar materiales, como bloques para tallaje en madera, unidades de oleos y gubias por tallaje; este es precisamente el propósito del financiamiento al que aplica por valor de $ 1.500.000 para seguir expresando su estilo.
Sueña con consolidar y posicionar su trabajo, abrir mercados a nivel latinoamericano y ganar reconocimiento en algunas galerías a nivel nacional. Su mayor desafío es poder acceder a la educación profesional, pues dice que es difícil la tramitologia y la aplicación de pruebas que no son acordes a las artes plásticas. Vive en un barrio atractivo, con entorno geográfico y visión al lado de cerros que inspiran su imaginación y desarrollan todos los dias su potencial creativo.

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About Fundación Mario Santo Domingo

Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) is a non-profit organization in northern Colombia dedicated to developing programs for the country’s poorest communities. In addition to numerous social services, FMSD runs a microfinance program to strengthen micro-businesses in the areas where it works. The organization also offers several non-financial components as part of this program, including training to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 268
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,343,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,913.9
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped German Gustavo purchase materials such as wood blocks, oil-based paints, and chisels.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 24, 2010
Listed
Feb 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Apr 15, 2011