Art from the perspective of the masters of Latin American art

Art from the perspective of the masters of Latin American art

The masters of Latin American art have provided very interesting perspectives on the meaning and role of art in the region:

- Diego Rivera saw art as a political and social tool. For him, the murals should represent the history and identity of the Mexican people and promote socialist ideals.

- Fernando Botero conceives art as a way of representing Colombian idiosyncrasy and culture through the exaggerated use of volumes and shapes. He highlights the everyday and native in his works.

- Joaquín Torres García promoted constructivism and abstraction in Latin American art, seeking his own aesthetic far from European. He proposed universal constructivism applying pre-Columbian geometry.

-Frida Kahlo captured her mestizo identity and her personal pain in her work. Her art is introspective and surreal, affirming her indigenous heritage and portraying women's themes.

- Pedro Linares incorporated elements of popular and traditional Mexican art in his cardboard sculptures, valuing local crafts.

- Tarsila do Amaral sought to portray what was authentically Brazilian, incorporating elements of modernism and cultural anthropophagy to achieve a national art.

- Mexican muralists in general used their art to affirm national identity, exalting the indigenous and the revolutionary as main themes.

In summary, Latin American masters have agreed to see art as a means to claim their own, oppose European cultural domination and configure an aesthetic and theme that represents the region. Whether through indigenismo, costumbrismo or geometric abstraction, they sought local identity.