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Providence’s Wheeler School Unveils Major Public Art Mural

Thursday, October 10, 2013


“The Air Museum” spans exterior of Wheeler School gymnasium, depicting scenes from around the world, and through time — using tall ships and futuristic buildings, sea creatures and more.

Ecuadoran artist Agustín Patiño’s will hold the opening reception for his latest Providence mural, entitled "The Air Museum", on Thursday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m., as a conclusion to Hispanic Heritage Month. Patiño’s 160’ x 30’ mural “The Air Museum” (Museo del Aire) faces the Meeting Street campus playground at the Wheeler School and was commissioned as part of Wheeler’s Public Art Initiative. "The Air Museum" is Patiño's third mural in Providence.

Speaking of his work, Patiño says, “In this long one pilgrimage through different cultures, countries, cities and forests, I have created paintings made with infinite curiosity, full with mystery, of magic, of color, working passionately, I have painted cities with voices from all the languages, I have dived in oceans of seas and I have continuous looked for temptations in the metropolises and harmony among the banks of my chaos.”

The Public Art Initiative is a multi-year effort that aims to add public art to Wheeler's Providence, RI, and Seekonk, MA campuses' visual landscape through a variety of works by nationally-known artists, while also engaging the community in conversations about art and aesthetics. The artwork was made possible through the support of Dr. Joseph Chazan, who has had long associations with the school. Patiño, Chazan and Wheeler Head of School Dan Miller will make remarks at the mural opening from 4:30-5:00 p.m. This is the 8th piece of artwork created as part of the Initiative.

The artist

Agustín Patiño was born in Giron, Cuenca, Ecuador. He studied Architecture at Cuenca State University in Ecuador and received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Central University of Quito. His first solo exhibit was in his hometown of Cuenca, Ecuador at the age of fifteen, which was the beginning of an artistic career that has taken him all over the world.

His paintings are in private and corporate collections in Europe, the United States and Latin America. He has had several solo exhibits in Rhode Island, Boston, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Chile and Venezuela, and has had many international juried exhibitis. Patiño has also participated in many international juried exhibits and won awards, including About Change, World Bank Exhibit on Latin America, The Bradford F. Swan Award, Providence Art Club Open Painting 2010 Exhibition, The Viva El Arte 2007 at the Arts Worcester in Worcester, MA and The Luis Martinez Award in Ecuador, “Public Choice Award” in the 1994 Biennale in Cuenca, Ecuador among others.


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