Painter and sculptor who won first prize at the Ecuadorian Salón Nacional de Acuarelistas y Dibujantes in 1948.
He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Quito, where he studied painting and architecture.
He was a supporter of the Cuban Revolution.
He was the first of 10 children born into a poor family of Quechua and Criollo descent.
He was a supporter of Fidel Castro.