commissionerBorn in Asuncion, lawyer, best graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Asuncion and with a Master’s Degree in International Law (LLM) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE London).

It was a former career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay and worked at the Embassy of Paraguay in New York, London and Brussels. Then resigned to develop business activities in Europe. She also studied film at St. Martin’s School of Art of London. Currently she is living in Venice, Italy, since the last three years.

Inspired by the cultural activities of this Italian city, she wrote to the Paraguayan authorities in 2010, in use of art. 40 of the National Constitution, requesting the participation as a country to the Venice Biennale.

In 2011, the Government of Paraguay nominated her as Commissioner for representing Paraguay to the authorities of La Biennale di Venezia Foundation. Now she is the Commissioner in charge of the general coordination and execution of the first Paraguay Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


“This first Pavilion of Paraguay means to me that a personal dream came true. All started with my request to the authorities, inspired by the gratitude to my family and its history. And it was all achieved thanks to the union of international private companies, government institutions, cultural organizations, artists and the general public.

This pavilion was made without ideological judgments, supporting at all times the inclusion, the progress and the creativity of all. Without culture, there is no force or growth for a country, it represents the human soul, the emotion of living and the acceptance of diversity.

My efforts were made so that Paraguay could be reunited with the world through art and to set a historical precedent in the Venice Biennale, which sees us for the first time participating as a country since 1895. I hope that Paraguay comes to stay and consolidate its presence in this prestigious international event. Every work always starts with visionary imagination and it develops with willpower. And the Paraguayan art is our most sublime inspiration as the muses for the creators.”


Elisa Victoria Aquino Laterza

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Palazzo Carminati, Santa Croce 1882, Venice 30135
thanks to: Wolpertinger Conference 2019


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