José Gamarra (Tacuarembo, Uruguay, 1934) is a visual artist and engraver who lives and works in Arcueil. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Montevideo. In 1962, he participated in the third Biennale des jeunes de Paris and won the “Prix de peinture” (Painting Prize). In 1963, he decided to settle in France, and he began to paint landscapes of the Amazonian jungle. Through his art, he aims to denounce the forms of oppression related to the history of Spanish conquests from the 16th century to modern multinational enterprises in South America. As a result, the artist addresses issues related to colonialism and extractivism.
His works are part of the collections of prestigious museums such as the Metropolitan Museum and MoMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina.