Explore the new generation of talent in visual arts:
As we approach the end of the second decade of the millennium, the cultural scene in Guatemala has been incubating a new generation of artists who have unstoppable drive and passion. The Artist’s Circle and Art in the Americas Gallery have been closely following the thought-provoking and challenging work by more than 20 promising, emerging artists in Guatemala.
They unite in Talento Crudo (Raw Talent), a juried exhibit coming this month to La Antigua Guatemala that features painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textile art and installations by up-and-coming artists from the region.
More than offering a diversity of styles, themes and subject matter, most of the works in Talento Crudo evolve around our everyday experiences. Creations inspired by the mystery of our lives, the complexity of our human and cultural identity and the fingerprints we leave behind are concerns of several artists.
The portrayal of modern social issues, such as injustice, corruption, globalization, climate change and preservation, are also recurring themes. Music, literature and poetry continue to be sources of inspiration, as well as the appreciation of the beauty of a rose, a bird or the human figure.
This show promises to be a rich and delightful experience, while introducing a new wave of fresh, young talent.
The jurors with the difficult task of selecting award winners are Silvia Herrera, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and art history; Silvia de Tres, designer and executive director of Juannio (2011-2017); and Mitchell Denburg, designer and photographer. Guests will have a vote, too, by choosing their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.
“Talento Crudo” opens on Jan. 25, 4-7 p.m., at El Centro Cultural El Sitio, 5a calle poniente #15, La Antigua Guatemala, and continues through Feb. 25. The exhibition is presented by the Artist’s Circle, comprised of Gavin Kern, independent arts promoter, and Estela Johnston, director of Art in the Americas Gallery, and artists of the region.
A portion of the proceeds from exhibit sales will be donated to Las Voces del Silencio, a school for the deaf in Jocotenango.
MON-FRI 10am-1pm & 2-6pm;
Through FEB 24
Centro Cultural El Sitio
5a calle poniente #15, La Antigua.