Eduardo Muñoz Lora
A commitment to heritage
Master of Pasto’s Varnish
Muñoz Lora was born in Pasto in July 1945. He begun his passion for the Barniz de Pasto early in his life as he started working with Maestro Francisco Torres. Munoz Lora attended to the ‘Escuela de Bellas Artes’ (Art School) at the University of Nariño. In recognition for his work and talent, ‘Artesanías de Colombia’ (Crafts of Colombia – Governmental institution) sponsored a course of Art and Design with the artist Carlos Rojas in Bogotá in 1973.
Under the auspices of SENA, he participated in the Inter-American Design Competition in Bogotá in 1978.
Going beyond the limits of the technique, Munoz Lora proposed a new aesthetic dimension to the Barniz. This is the result of an experimental process and constant investigation, which allows Muñoz Lora and the application of this technique to grow and develop from its traditional roots. He began using different colours, applying the Barniz on different materials (canvas), exploring the possibilities of the Barniz. Munoz Lora began a new era with the maturity of the technique.
Invited to participate as a speaker and expert of the Barniz de Pasto technique, Muñoz Lora attended conferences in each of the cultural centres of Banco de la República in Colombia.
He is co-founder of the School of Arts at the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) in Pasto – Nariño, where he was responsible for promoting the spirit of the region through the expression of Popular Art.