Francisco Vargas (Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1959) is a Venezuelan artist residing in Brazil since 2000. With thirty-five years of artistic career, he has spent fifteen in Venezuela and twenty in Brazil. His ties with his country of origin have always remained, also recognizing the coexistence with the geography and culture of São Paulo.
He had his first years of education at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas (1985-1989) in Caracas, a specialization in restoration of mural paintings in Peru, as part of a scholarship awarded by the OAS (1994) and then studied at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (1997). He was trained as a sculptor, and although he painted, his language was essentially three-dimensional. In his first pictorial stage in the nineties, while still in Caracas, he developed the series Aproximaciones arqueológicas para la memoria de ciudad que se pierde. For the artist “it is a reading about the city and how the environmental impact influences the construction of new urban landscapes.”