Xela has been hosting an exhibition by Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta, 45, an Argentinian painter. He visited Guatemala in 2009 for the first time and came back in July, 2010 upon an invitation from other Argentinian artist who live in Guatemala. After spending couple of months in Guatemala City and having an exhibition there in July and August, he came to Xela in November. Currently he has an exhibition during month of January and probably February at Efrain Recinos Centro Cultural in Zone 2. The show has paintings both in black and white and in color.
Related to art scene in Guatemala, he commented that he appreciates the quality of the artists here in Guatemala and he also pointed that “Hay un cambio en mi arte aparte de venir a Guatemala. Me estimula a ser mas precioso en el dibujo”. (Since I came to Guatemala, there is a change in my art. It stimulates me to draw more precisely.) About his personal work, he said, ” Pinto lo que me gusta visualmente. En el hecho de pintar está la voluntad de ser parte de lo que pinto”. (I paint what I visually like. In fact, act of painting is to be willing to become a part of the painting itself.)
After Guatemala, he is planning to visit Barcelona, Spain. But it seems like he will have another visit to Guatemala on his way to South America back from Spain. Juan Manuel said, “No se van a librar tan facil de mi”. (I don’t know if they are gonna let me go that easy.)
If you would like to see some beautiful art, you should definitely take a short walk from the center and visit this art show. Definitely, vale la pena! (it’s worth it!) Juan Manuel has his studio at the art gallery, therefore visitors can be lucky enough to see him painting, too. The gallery is located at Avenida Jesús Castillo 3-24 Zone 2. Exhibition hours: Monday-Friday 9-12 and 2-6 and Saturdays 9-12.
To see more of his work, visit his website.