Guatemala 1937- 2004. Guatemalan painter, sculptor, illustrator, and writer. Quiroa studied in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Guatemala City between 1953 and 1960 and was inspired by his rural, working-class background to depict the themes, forms, and colours of the life of the common Guatemalan people. His paintings, mainly in oils, tended towards the flashy and to experimentation with varied textures. Subsequently, he preferred bright, dazzling colours based on the designs of Guatemalan fabrics. Ironic and highly expressive, his form of realism became increasingly simple and effective while continuing to stress its origins in popular culture.

Bird of Powder (1961), The Jet (1963), and Rebel Angel (1967). He also worked successfully on book illustrations and excelled as a short story writer, with several literary prizes to his credit.