Biography of Luis Alberto Acuña Tapias (1904-1993)

Colombian painter and sculptor, born in Suaita, Santander and died in Villa de Leyva, Boyacá. He/She made his secondary studies at the Colegio de San Bartolomé. Acuña Tapias not only manifested itself as a painter, muralist and sculptor, but it also stood out as a critic, historian, museologist and art teacher. He/She also ventured in heraldry, i.e., the science that studies each of the parts that make up a coat of arms, philology and folklore. Acuña continued his studies at the Julien Academy and Colarossi in Paris, with Landowasky and Bourdelle. Between 1927 and 1928 he/she traveled to Madrid, where he/she studied sculpture with Victorio Macho. Master Acuña was the founder of the fine arts center in Bucaramanga. He/She has been rector of the school of fine arts, Manager of the Teatro Colon, President of the national folklore Commission, added cultural Embassy of Colombia in Mexico, Professor in various agencies of the National University and director of the Museum of Colonial art, between 1955 and 1957. In 1925 he/she appeared in the famous Salon Du Franc, of the Museum was. In 1931 he/she won first prize in sculpture at the national Salon of artists in Colombia. In 1943, the Salon of Colombian artists awarded him the gold medal. Among his works is worth mentioning: Neso seducing the altarpiece of the gods at Deyanira (1926), my friend Juan Chanchón (1931), La campesina, Gallus Espectralis, San Isidro Agricultor, tutelary chibchas (1935), Theogony of the Chibcha gods (1957), baptism of Aquiminzaque (1950, work that won the first prize for painting at the eighth national Salon of artists). On the other hand the master Acuña has dedicated to artistic investigations, which include works such as the essay on the flourishing of religious sculpture in Santa Fe (1932), the art of Colombian Indians (1935), Biographical Dictionary of artists who worked in the Nuevo Reino de Granada (1964), sculpture in Colombia (1967). Acuña also highlighted is as museographer, activity that culminated in the creation of the Museo Luis Alberto Acuña in the city of Villa de Leyva, Boyacá. There, a number of pieces and works by the painter and sculptor, is located in a house located in the village square, ranging from the first portraits of his parents to the most fantastic designs of Mythology. Much of their time dedicated to the restoration of works of colonial architecture, including the College of our Lady of the Rosary of Bogotá, clerk don Juan de Vargas (of Tunja) House, the House of Congress in Villa de Leyva, the Real factory of liquors, the convent of San Francisco and many other historical buildings.


FRIEDE, Juan, Luis Alberto Acuña, Bogotá, Editorial Amerindian, 1949.