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    Ensayos y Ponencias Latinoamericanistas, translated to “Latin American Essays and Lectures”, is a collection of essays written by Juan Acha which attempt to encompass and define not only the meaning of art in Latin America, but its direction and its significance within the culture as well. There are five short essays which address the following: The Possibilities of Art in Latin America, The Succession of Artistic Leaps, The Impossibilities and Disadvantages of Our Aesthetic Attitude, Responsibilities of Our Cultural Groups, and Toward the Aesthetic Possibilities of Art. Each section addresses different aspects which Acha believed vital to the development of art in Latin America.  

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    This is one of the most known pieces written by Juan Acha Valdiviezo. Acha is considered one of the leading writers that contributed to the development of theory and aesthetics in the art-world in Latin America. Acha was born in Sullana, Peru in 1916 and died in Mexico in 1995, which he permanently made his home in 1971. He began his work as an art critic and theoretician in the late 1950s, where he started his career as a critic at El Comercio in Lima and used the pseudonym J. Nahuaca. Amongst his most important publications are: Art in Latin American Today, (1961); Arte y Sociedad en Latinoamérica [Art and Society in Latin America] (México, DF: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1979); Ensayos y Ponencias Latinoamericanistas [Latin Americanist Essays and Lectures] (Caracas: Galería de Arte Nacional, 1984); Las culturas estéticas de América Latina [The Aesthetic Cultures of Latin America] (México, DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1994).