Artist Profile, Mendel Samayoa

Artist Profile Mendel Samayoa

Mendel Samayoa, a Guatemalan artist whose work has brought him both national and international prestige. After a series of successful international exhibitions between 2013 and 2015 in England and the United States Mendel Samayoa was invited by the Vice Ministry of Culture to exhibit his work at the Palacio Nacional de Guatemala. Relatos Asimétricos 1 (Asymmetric Stories 1) included twenty-plus new […]

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Ernesto Argueta Fraatz, Artist Profile

Ernesto Argueta Fraatz, Artist Profile

Home is where the art is, an interview with Guatemalan artist Ernesto Argueta Fraatz at his art studio. It was a beautiful afternoon in early April when I hopped off the bus in San Pedro Carchá, a predominantly Q’eqchi-speaking, Maya municipality located about 10 kilometers east of Cobán in the forested Highlands of Alta Verapaz. I was on my way to […]

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Master Artists Working on Lenten Splendor in Antigua

Master Artists Working on Lenten Splendor in Antigua

The celebration of Lent in La Antigua Guatemala has become the largest in the word over recent years – yes, larger than Seville, Spain – and the Antigüeño artists have certainly contributed to this! Decorations for the velaciones – holy vigils held in the church before each procession representing the garden that Jesus visited before crucifixion – have become increasingly incredible, […]

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Ramón Ávila: Abstractions from Within

ARTIST PROFILE by Linda Conard  photos: Murphy Byrne. When you step into an exhibit of Ramón Ávila’s paintings, you are surrounded by color, emotion and intensity. Many of his oils suggest organic elements, such as earthy roots, plant fibers and even internal organs, in forms that are progressive and reaching, complex and tangled. In other works, distinct lines and robust […]

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Pat Crocker, Artist and Architect

Cobaneras by Pat Crocker

If you lived in La Antigua Guatemala after World War II and before 1972 you would have known Pat Crocker for his work in the restoration of colonial houses and for his exquisite watercolor paintings of Indian costume. Frederick Siddartha Crocker Junior, or as he would sometimes introduce himself “Frederick, ‘The Enlightened One,’Crocker,” was born in Folsom, West Virginia, in […]

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