Suaznábar sets his imagination free in his work and in his explorations. He examines the elements of the subconscious, and themes that preoccupy human beings universally on a regular basis, such as the passing of time, death, nature, sexuality, beauty, temptation, fear and religion. With each new work he undergoes a process of experimentation and learning what it is that he is able and willing to say, or contribute.
In 1999, the artist was invited to participate in the International Exhibit “II Biennale de arte visual del Mercosur” in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where the theme of ecological damage on a global level motivated him to make a series of artworks dedicated to life and nature. This same series under the title of Living Nature, Still Life was shown a year later at the National Art Museum in La Paz.
Marcelo Suaznábar was born in Bolivia in 1970 in the mining city of Oruro, located in the mid-western part of the country. He is the youngest of six brothers, son of Néstor Suaznábar Ochoa and Ana María Solari. From an early age he had a passion for drawing, motivated by his uncle Enrique Suaznábar, a professional photographer who lived in the same city. Focusing solely on drawing as the main vehicle of his creations, he showed a great interest in color from an early age. He began exploring watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils, and for a long time he focused on painting insects, animals, houses and portraits on paper and cardboard.