Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday's Artist of the World (No. 8).....

Country- Guatemala:
Guatemala is a truly beautiful and colorful country, if you travel here once you will definitely want to come back (I know I do). Guatemala is a nation filled with a rich Mayan culture, brimming with stunning archaeological ruins, incredible mountain landscapes, colorful markets, colonial era courtyards and even modern cities. The Tikal ruins are considered to be one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites. Not only are these breathtaking ruins amazing in sheer size, but also the lush jungle setting makes these ruins absolutely magical. While Antigua (one of the world's best preserved colonial cities) is a captivating town that makes you feel like you have stepped back into history at least some 300 or so years ago. Antigua is filled with colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and magnificent surroundings. Here are a few images from my travels to Guatemala:

Artist- Luis González Palma:
Luis González Palma born in 1957 is a modernist Guatemalan photographer who grew up in Guatemala City (currently lives in Argentina). He is of a mixed or "mestizo" background and in his photography he focuses on the plight of the indigenous Mayas and the mestizo people of Guatemala. He wants his viewers to get a sense of understanding and pain of what the minority in Guatemala have gone through since before, during and after the intense genocide of their race. His photographs do just this by focusing on such items as his subject's gaze or mystical costume, all his photographs use sepia tints while some of his other work also has an antiqued collage feel. I am truly amazed by the his all of his subjects' eyes---he makes his subjects' gazes so intense by the lack of tint which causes the eyes to appear very white against the sepia tint in the rest of the photo.

La loteria II (set of 9)
gelatin silver prints with oil paint
19.6 x 19.8 in.

Here is a link to the artist's website---where more images of his work can be found: Luis González Palma

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