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Tadeo Zavaleta de la Barra

Tadeo Zavaleta de la Barra

“Understanding the ambiguities of the human nature"

That’s what captivated Tadeo De La Barra, and introduced him into the world of art. Of course, as the son of one of the greatest Peruvian artists, it could not have been any other way. Being told by his father that the human body presented both the greatest difficulties but at the same time the greatest achievements in art, he pursued figurative art drawing and painting at the young age of seven years old.

Tadeo was born in Lima, Peru in August 30th, 1977. In his continuous search for artistic development, Tadeo enrolled in the prestigious School of Fine Arts at 18; and as the first student in his class he was invited to participate in the Quimera ’99 exhibit in Mexico, where his art is highly regarded as one of the best from South America.

Tadeo continued his path in the art world with the sole purpose of finding happiness through art. By reinventing the ordinary, and sometimes monotonous routinary reality, he found the happiness art gives and the added happiness of giving his art to other perceptive and appreciative souls.


In 2005 Tadeo was involved in exhibits in one of the most renowned Art Galleries of Peru: La Galeria de Arte Moll, which exhibits celebrated works from distinguished Peruvian Masters of the past, notorious contemporary artists, and talented new young artists.

His talent transcended the boundaries of his natal Peru in 2007, when his art reached South Florida. A new chapter was being written in Tadeo’s life. Since then his art has been the center of numerous art shows among them the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Exhibitions.

Some of Tadeo’s collectors include Peru Culture Minister Juan Ossio; former MGM CEO and current Tropicana Hotel and casino president in Las Vegas, Alex Yemenidjian; world famous engineer and Harley-Davidson motorcycle collector from Spain Enrique Castel and Carnival Cruise liner Micky Harrison. On October 25th 2011, during an emotional ceremony, Tadeo donated “Hope” a wonderful work of art currently displayed in the main lobby of the Miami Children Hospital.

Tadeo’s paintings are a window to an intelligent and creative mind; his strokes are the voice of a true artist. His art transcends hyperrealism exposing the observer to a surreal and delightful experience. Brilliant, gifted, and spontaneous, his artistic achievement elates the senses and portrays the exuberant mastermind behind the canvas.

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