Bill Caro (Peru, born in 1949)
Untitled, Lima, ca. 1982
C-Print. Signed vintage print. 8.9 x 12.4 cm
Born in 1949 in Arequipa, Peru.
Bill Caro studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima from 1966 to 1971. His talents as a visual artist led him to a first exhibition of his work in 1971 at the Galería Carlos Rodríguez Saavedra. In 1974, he received the ICPNA award for watercolor. Since then, Caro has had an active career as a painter, participating in individual exhibitions, biennials, and international competitions, including the 3rd Biennial in Medellín, Colombia. An heir to the photorealist movement, he creates hyperrealistic paintings that imitate photography even to the point of introducing the distortions produced by the camera lens. His work reveals a deep understanding of space, compositional balance, and perspective. Frequent subjects include the stately old mansions of the historic center of Lima and the shantytowns that surround the capital city.
This image is part of a series of photographs of theater posters that reveal Caro’s fascination with the colors and textures of walls of decaying colonial houses in Lima. Together, they provide a portrait of the city during the 1980s, a period of structural change and political unrest.