A nephew of Mario Urteaga, Camilo Blas -
real name Jose Alfonso Sanchez Urteaga - was
born in Cajamarca in 1903 and demonstrated
talent as an artist from a very early age.
Following family tradition, however, he practiced
as a lawyer in La Libertad until finally in
1928 he won a painting competition with a
work demonstrating his predilection for indigenous
themes. He later enrolled in the School of
Fine Art in Lima, where he would receive the
technical instruction he needed. Camilo Blas
became a close friend of Sabogal and together
they would travel to La Paz to paint murals.
On his return to Peru Camilo Blas lived in
Cusco and produced paintings and engravings,
which were exhibited in Lima. Later he traveled
extensively in Peru with like-minded artists.
Camilo Blas is well known in Peru. In 1946
he won the Ignacio Merino National Prize for
Painting and later taught at Lima's School
of Fine Art until his death in 1985.
The fourth Cajamarcan artist with a place
in the history of Peruvian art is Andres Zevallos,
a prolific artist and a veritable patriarch
in his native land. In 1937 Zevallos came
to Lima to study with Sabogal at the School
of Fine Art, then returned to Cajamarca. In
1945 he began teaching art and history at
San Ramon school in Cajamarca. Zevallos was
always involved in the cultural life of his
native city and he founded a branch of the
National Institute of Culture in Cajamarca.
As well as painting he wrote stories and essays
on Cajamarcan artists.