Muralist and painter who became a innovator from the Peruvian Indigenist motion and was among it is earliest followers. He traveled to the spot of Cuzco, where he fell deeply in love with native Peruvian artwork. He traveled European countries and North Africa from 1908 until 1913, after that studied in the Nationwide School of Good Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentine, for five years. He advertised pre-Colombian tradition and art despite the fact that he himself was of Western ancestry. His parents had been both Spanish nationals. He was a pal and modern of Mexican designer Diego Rivera.