A loan of $800 helped purchase materials such as wood blocks, oil-based paints, and chisels.

German Gustavo's story

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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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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