Thirdlings exhibition at Amantes de Sumpa Museum

As of September 2, 2022, the exhibition of the Thirdlings begins at the Amantes de Sumpa Museum in Santa Elena. The Thirdlings are an original collection of ceramic figures based on new stories by Nuno Acosta and handcrafted by master craftsman Juan Orrala from the Valdivia commune. Combining new designs with traditional craft techniques inspired by ancient forms, Ecuador’s new creative culture is built to compete in a global market with local awareness.


The museum will present 8 original figures of the Thirdlings among which they count: The Fortress, The Seer, The Linker, Qulebra and others. Each character has their own history and role within the creative culture that is built through the stories.

The first utilitarian artifact created under the Thirdlings design style will also be revealed, handmade by the master craftsman Esteban Orrala from the Valdivia commune.


4,000 years ago, new intelligences created designs that transcended the boundaries of time. Today we have unearthed traces of beings who came to create our ideas. They are called Thirdlings, in honor of the third world they conquered.


With more than 20 years of experience in design and communication, Nuno Acosta has dedicated his professional life to exploring graphics and popular expressions of Ecuadorian culture. Promoter of creative and cultural responsibility, he focuses his ideas on creations of origin that highlight the pride of being part of the third world.


Picaia is a brand of original creations that distributes original collectible crafts in limited editions handmade with traditional techniques; introducing new stories; integrating fair trade and storytelling; developing a new economy for more artisans from Ecuador to compete in a global market with creative and cultural responsibility.