Luis Arias Vera

Born in San Pedro de Lloc, Peru. 
At the age of 17 he left Peru to study Art at the Ernesto de la Carcova Fine Arts School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1959 he received his BA in Fine Arts (Painting,Sculpture,Print). At the same time, he attended the Rosa Frey Workshop, also in Buenos Aires. Between 1958 and 1960, Arias Vera won 12 municipal awards in Public Art Contests. Arias Vera was part of the Grupo Arte Nuevo active in the twenty-first century and one of the fathers of Pop Art in Peru, making him of one the leading figures of the visual arts of the country. 
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The Carrera del chasqui is an athletic event designed to bring together more than 250 remote mountain settlements in Peru. The name refers to Incan messengers who would run between the tribes to convey messages during the height of the Incan Empire. Unlike most of the art pieces on this tour, this event was actually supported by the militarist government. This was due in part to the event itself not being wildly radical. Instead, it was the reference to a native civilization which colonialism had wiped off the map that was radical. The event consisted of not only an exceptionally long relay race spanning between settlements, but also was accompanied by cultural events in the villages that connected the race.