Uncovering the Art of Francisco Goldman by Mark D. Walker

Uncovering the Art of Francisco Goldman

The recent HBO documentary, The Art of Political Murder, introduced a growing number of readers to the author of the book on which it’s based, Guatemalan American writer Francisco Goldman. Given his background—Guatemalan mother, Jewish-American father, formative years growing up in rough and tumble Boston—Goldman has a unique insight into the violent history of Guatemala and what makes the country […]

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Carlos Argüello – Artist, Entrepeneur and Mentor (? -2021)

Carlos Argüello

He didn´t like to say how old he was, but certainly he was a young soul, probably because he always cared about the youth of his country and Latin America. A true artist, he was born in Nicaragua, later the entire family moved to Guatemalawhere he studied his early years, however, he decided to emigrate to the United States at […]

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ARTIST PROFILE Cruz Enrique España 1950-2020

Artist Profile Cruz Enrique España

ARTIST PROFILE – CRUZ ENRIQUE ESPAÑA * photographs courtesy of Familia España Moreira Maestro Cruz Enrique España was born on July 16th 1950 into an artisan family from San Felipe de Jesús, La Antigua Guatemala.  As a self-taught artist he became independent from his father’s workshop and started his own at the age of 20. Ceramics craft was an expensive […]

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Protecting Our World Heritage – Centro Regional De Patrimonio (CERPA)

Protecting our wold Heritage CERPA

Meet Ana Lucía González Muñoz and Yoldez Halleb and how their amazing story of friendship turned into a heritage project, here in Guatemala: CERPA They met in Baku, Azerbaijan, where they were representing their countries, Guatemala and Tunisia, at the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum,during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. There, they connected on several […]

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Victor Montejo’s Dream for a secure Maya Community by Mark D. Walker

Victor Montejo’s Dream for a Secure Maya Community

I first became aware of Victor Montejo almost twenty years ago when I read The Adventures of Mr. Puttison Among the Maya, his historical and satirical novel about an American traveler who turns up in a remote Maya village and is mistakenly thought to be a priest, sewing confusion among the local population. The story provides an excellent example of […]

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Historical Disaster 9/11/1541

Historical Disaster 9/11/1541

There were no video cameras, no CNN, Fox Alerts or network news. But one resident eyewitness, Juan Rodríguez, wrote down what he saw and heard. Hurricane Katrina, said to be the worst natural disaster ever to hit the U.S., blasted the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in Aug. 2005. The powerful waters of Hurricane Mitch raced through Guatemala, El […]

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SANTIAGO Saint James Apostle

SANTIAGO Saint James Apostle

“SANTIAGO” Saint James Apostle, La Antigua’s Patron Saint Saint James the Greater or James the Great is La Antigua Guatemala Patron Saint. Saint James’ Day is celebrated in La Antigua and many cities in the Spanish America, on July 25. Saint James is one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. James is one of the sons of Zebedee. But why is he Antigua’s Patron Saint? […]

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Restoration and Conservation in La Antigua Guatemala

Restoration and Conservation in La Antigua Guatemala

Restoration Restoration is the process of repairing or renovating a building, work of art, vehicle, etc., so as to restore it to its original condition. La Antigua Guatemala is steeped in architectural beauty despite earthquakes, fires, carelessness, damage by riots, abuses, etc. As well, beginning in the 14th century through the 20th century, architectural style and design was ever changing. […]

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The Tango War by Author Mary Jo McConahay

Prize-winning author Mary Jo McConahay presents her new book, The Tango War, The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II The fascinating, largely unknown story of how the global conflict affected countries from Mexico to Argentina, including Guatemala, and how the Axis and the Allies never took their eyes from each other, like […]

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Robert Flanagan Artist Profile

Artist Profile Robert Flanagan

Robert Flanagan, AJAX Artist Biography Robert Flanagan, who uses the artist name AJAX, was born in the U.S. As a child, he was always drawing and making super-8 movies. In search of formal artistic training, he moved for two years to London where he studied at the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings Library. —— Biografía del Artista Robert […]

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Luis Argueta – Telling the stories of Guatemalan Immigrants

Luis Argueta is one of the most dedicated people I know. He left his native Guatemala during the years of civil war in his country, but Guatemala never left his heart. He has worked tirelessly to educate people about human rights abuses against his people through his documentaries. His work puts human faces and personal stories into the discussions about […]

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REVUE Magazine November 2018

CLICK HERE TO READ THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF REVUE MAGAZINE Welcome to our 9th Annual Food Issue. Guatemala has wonderful national dishes, there are many tasty regional recipes which add another good reason to travel around this beautiful country. As more people look for healthier food options, we are happy to introduce you to Michelle B. Sultan, founder of La […]

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César Pineda Moncrieff Artist Profile

Transitions & Explosions of Intuition a Portrait of Artist César Pineda Moncrieff “Art is a key and a way to encounter other spaces within me. Something more ancient, it is something deeply intuitive … It is a connection with myself and something beyond that”. — César Pineda Moncrieff Transition. That inevitable, beautiful, complex and perhaps trepidatious moment when we transform […]

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The Flag(s) of Guatemala

The Flag(s) of Guatemala

“That flag is a symbol we attach our emotions to, but it isn’t the emotion itself and it isn’t the thing we really care about. Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.” —Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Though flags represent the values of that country, freedom, vigilance, […]

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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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The Guatemalan weavers “Multicolores Collective”

Bringing new industry to rural Guatemala by using women’s weaving skills and sense of color. Micaela Churunul, age thirty-six learned weaving from her mother as a child. But a bad case of bronchitis when she was eight compromised her health going forward. Also, at eight, she was forced to leave school when her family needed her work contribution at home. Without […]

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In the Kingdom of Mescal

In the Kingdom of Mescal

The Making of “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian Fairy-Tale for Adults” I discovered “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian fairy-tale for adults” among items my parents had left me. A colorful, mystical figure holding the hand of a small boy dominated the front cover. On the inside cover was an inscription from my wife’s Guatemalan/German friends, who had […]

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BOOK ALERT Maya Studies with the Maya

Book Alert Maya studies with the Maya

“Maya Studies with the Maya is visually captivating, containing photos and graphics on Maya art and culture to illustrate his work and theses”. For those who hold a deep fascination with Maya culture, Ruud van Akkeren’s compelling new book takes you on an insightful and personal journey that begins in his native Holland and ends in the lush Highlands of […]

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Galería El Attico Celebrates 30 Years

El Attico Celebrates 30 years highlighting Art in Guatemala Founded by Luis Escobar and Guillermo Monsanto, El Attico opened its doors to the public on April 13, 1988. The inaugural exhibition showcased work by well-known and respected artists, such as Elmar Rojas, Dagoberto Vásquez Castañeda, Ana María de Maldonado, Manolo Gallardo, Luis Álvarez, Ana María de Rademann, Walter Peter Brenner, […]

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ANDAS Processional Floats in Antigua

All five senses are assaulted by the many sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of the Lenten season, throughout Guatemala but especially in La Antigua. It is an intense period of sorrow, joy, regret, celebration that fills the days with sensual emotions. The ornately colorful carpets, the funereal marches and drums, the pungent corozo and pine odors, the tostadas and […]

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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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The Procession from Santa Catarina Bobadilla

Procession from Santa Catarina Bobadilla

The Procession of Jesús Nazareno de la Salvación de Santa Catarina Bobadilla (Sunday, February 18th, 2018) Each Sunday during Lent, and leading up to Holy Week in La Antigua, Guatemala, several local congregations sponsor religious processions that depart from their villages, following various routes through its cobbled streets and then returning to their respective churches late in the evening.  The […]

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Lenten Season in Antigua

Lenten Season in Antigua

Lent begins this month on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, starting the countdown to Holy Week and the largest celebration in the world in La Antigua Guatemala! Yes, we outdid Seville, Spain a few years ago. The most exciting velaciónes (holy vigils) and processions this month are from Santa Catarina Bobadilla and Santa Ines, both located on the outskirts of this magical city. […]

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December Celebrations Virgin of the Conception

After Burning the Devil festivities throughout Guatemala on December 7, Christmas celebrations begin the following day with processions for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. This is definitely one of the most popular traditions in the country. The devotion of the virgin dates to the 1500s in Guatemala, while the “Rezado (procession) de la Inmaculada Concepción de San Francisco” in […]

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Handel’s Messiah Concert

Handel’s Messiah Concert

While composing Messiah, Handel is said to have remarked, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.” Whether by divine inspiration or unbridled passion, George Frideric Handel crafted Messiah, his greatest oratorio, in a mere three to four weeks between August and September in 1741. “He would literally write from morning to night,” […]

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In the Highlands of Guatemala

In the Highlands of Guatemala, one Maya Community is taking back its Cultural Identity. Innovative educational programs help the indigenous Poq’omchi’ of San Cristóbal Verapaz regain their voice after decades of oppression. On a sultry afternoon in late June, dozens of men, women and children pour enthusiastically into the “Salon Esperanza” at a high school in San Cristóbal, a predominantly Poq’omchi’-speaking, […]

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Independence Day in Guatemala

Independence Day in Guatemala

Independence Day in Guatemala is on September 15. On Sept. 14, Guatemalan runners from across the country ready themselves for the passing of the torch, known as the “Antorcha de la Independencia.” Year after year, the torch travels throughout Central America as a representation of the freedom and independence of the Central American peoples. In Guatemala, bystanders wave, whistle and […]

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