Oil on canvas measuring 11.5 x 15 inches
Oil painting on canvas, mounted on hardboard, measuring 11.5 x 15 inches; enclosed in original wood frame from Ecuador. Painting shows light soiling, with some craquelure and a minor amount of flaking visible in the sky. Signed "E. Moncayo" lower left, mostly hidden under the rabbet of the frame.
Emilio Moncayo was born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1895, and died in 1970. He started painting at a young age, winning national art awards as early as 1930. He painted widely in his native country, his favorite subject being the natives of the high Andes, living their daily lives in a landscape that usually included the local volcano. He was a noted portrait painter as well. These scenes of village life and architecture are somewhat unusual, and probably date from the period 1930-1950. Emilio had a number of children and grand-children who followed in his footsteps as artists. He is considered the patriarch of one of the Moncayo families of painters.