Get inspired by work from Latin American painters! 2

Get inspired by work from Latin American painters! 2

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-2019) was a famous painter coming from Caracas. He is described as a kinetic and opt art artists. Famous for his own theories, use and perception of colors. And that’s exactly what I like about his work, an almost hallucinating way of color use. “Colour evolves continuously in time and space. “I want people to realise that colour is not a certainty, but a circumstance”. “Red is maybe red. It’s not the same if you hold an object under the sun as when you hold it in the shade.” he explained in some of his interviews. Carlos Cruz-Diez would would become, together with Jesús Rafael Soto en Alejandro Otero,  the best-known Venezuelan artists of the 20th century.

Exhibition: Grandes Artistas Latino Americanos
Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago de Chile

Cruz-Diez used to work and live in Caracas as a teacher, designer, illustrator and artistic director. During his travels to Europe, he discovered new trends such as geometric abstract art and the Bauhaus-theory to combine art and industrial design. In Caracas you can visit the famous museum, named after him  “Museo de la Estampa y del Disiño Carlos Cruz-Diez of Museo Cruz-Diez”.
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Fernando Botero

The paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero (born in 1932) are highly recognizable. The voluptuous shapes of the people in his portraits are remarkable, and sometimes even bizarre. But that is precisely what makes his art so characteristic and special. His work always puts a big smile on my face. His art can be found in the streets of New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Bangkok and Jerusalem. But you can find most of his work in Colombia. His most important paintings can be found in Museo Botero in Bogotá and Museo de Antioquia in Medellín.

Colombia has a lot of great artists. In this article I’m listing some of the most remarkable artists, coming from Colombia, including Colombian painters, writers and sculptors and I’m telling you where you can find their work throughout the country.
Joaquín Torres García

Joaquín Torres García ( 1874 – 1949) is without a doubt one of the most renowned artists, coming from Uruguay. He is known for his collaboration with Gaudi in 1903 on the stained glass windows for the the Sagrada Família. Many of his work include clear grid compositions and schematic signs. I have always been attracted to the colorful painting and simple figures in it. As an adolescent he moved to Spain and established himself as a leader in Barcelona’s rt and culture scene. He developed an unique style described as Universal Constructivism, a style of art, taught in many art schools.

Latin American Painters
Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago de Chile

By using basic geometric structures, coming from the pre-Columbian and modern world, and transforming them into universal pictographs (such as a sun, moon, man and woman) he wanted to develop an universal style of art, meaningful to anyone viewing it. Many important museums around the world included his works, such as the MOMA and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and many museums in Latin America.
Fernando de Szyszlo

Fernando de Szyszlo (1925-2017) was a Peruvian painter and sculpture and became a key figure in abstract art in Latin America since the mid-1950s. His work can be seen in different museums and exhibitions around the world, including the MOMA and Guggenheim museum in New York, Modern Art Museums in Lima, Sao Paulo, Washington and Houston.

Grandes Artistas Latino Americanos
Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago de Chile

After his graduation in 1948, he traveled to Europe where he studied works of Rembrandt, Titian and Tintoretto, and influences of Cubism, Surrealism abstraction. While in Paris he was part of a group with Latin American artists and writers who met regularly at the Café de Flore, engaging in discussions on how they could participate in the international modern art, while preserving their cultural identity. Upon his return to Peru, Szyszlo became a major force for artistic renewal in his country.