Ugalde b. 1944 (Venice Biennale 2009, 2001) is considered a visual arts leader in the region and was the recipient of the prestigious Konex award along with noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer in 2002.
Studied Architecture at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia.
Economics and Political Science at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada and Fine art at the Vancouver School of Art, Canada.
Since 1972 has had 81 solo-shows and over 160 collective exhibitions.
Gaston Ugalde is the best internationally known Bolivian artist and has exhibited at the most important biennales such as Venice in 2009, 2001, Sao Paulo 1978, 1981, 1985, La Havana 1986, 1999.
Spanning a half-century career he is considered a video-art pioneer in Latin America in the seventies; his work also includes performance, painting, sculpture, installation land-art and photography.
Critics refer to him as the Andean Warhol. His work is deeply rooted in Bolivian traditions and is filled socio-political references.