Biography: Artist: Marcelo

Marcelo was born in Bolivia in 1970, in the mining city of Oruro, located in the mid-western part of the country. From an early age, he showed a passion for drawing, motivated by his uncle, a professional photographer who lived nearby. He focused solely on drawings as the main motor of his creations, displaying an interest in colors that led to the exploration of watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils. During this stage of his life his artwork was primarily focused on insects, animals, houses and portraits on paper and cardboard.

In his teens Marcelo began taking trips to Potosi with his father and brother. They visited churches and museums, examining the rich cultural heritage of the old colonial city. He became absorbed in religious art and created a series of sacred scenes. Through his fine art professor, Martitza Ajuacho, Marcelo began to show this work, first in a group shows then in a solo an exhibition in La Paz.

In 1992 Suaznabar traveled to Santiago in nearby Chile to attend art school at the Catholic University. He studied under professor Roberto Farriol and the experience led to selection into an emerging artist show back in Bolivia. This lead to further exhibitions and to the exploration of different themes. In 1999 he participated in a large art festival in Brazil that focused on environmental issues. His work about the fragile environment and ecological disaster called "Live Nature - Dead Nature" was then exhibited at Bolivia's National Museum of Art.

In 2000 he married Milenka Azuga and soon after immigrated to Canada. Marcelo and his family currently reside just outside of Toronto, Ontario. Marcelo has had a number of successful shows in his native Bolivia and in the principal capitals of countries in South America. His work is currently showing in galleries throughout Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany and the USA.