The time has come, the Black and White Tour is presented in Guatemala

William Monsanto
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Photo: Courtesy El Attico Gallery

Starting today, the anthological exhibition of the artist Christian Escobar is presented in the temporary exhibition halls of the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Costume. The collected art gallery comes from different private collections and is an interesting reflection of the technical evolution that the painter has undergone in recent years.

Escobar nuances his objectives from a process of philosophical investigation. He ponders, in the nature of his speech, a mystical substance from ancient cultures. It is in the sublimation of this information and his own internal development that he creates the aesthetic dialogue implicit in his paintings.

Another characteristic in him is his capacity to compose his imaginary in great dimensions.

Light, and therefore its antagonist darkness, are the two essential elements for painting made from the discretion of academic formality. Each era, since it began its evolution in the West, has proposed different ways of interpreting its action on different types of subjects and objects.

Light and shadow as antagonistic values.

The tenebrism of the emerging baroque, opposed to the luminosity of the Renaissance, finds in Caravaggio one of its greatest representatives.

Christian Escobar, Chrispapita to his friends, is a self-taught artist whose expressive motivations feed on the conceptual canons of the baroque. Without rigorously applying the usual techniques of the aforementioned trend, his work uses elements of hyperrealism as a constitutive source to support, from the observation and random application of vibrant pigments, the contrast of opposing pictorial values. Hence, his conclusions can be perceived close to both styles.

There is drama in his work, yes. However, there is also happiness and positivity. Even in the themes that allude to death, which are the ones that are closest to the baroque, there is a radiance that delves into issues related to spirituality, research and the possibility of the existence of an afterlife.

The skull emerges as an iconographic ideal of transcendence, wisdom and hope. Its counterpart, life, manifests itself in portraits and other objects that land us in overflowing childhood and youth.

This anthological sample details a range of contingencies. There are people, toys, artifacts, animals, in short. It is a collection that radiates the festive spirit and diversity that lives in the heart of Chrispapita.

In the theatrical, its lucky endings denote a special feeling for the disposition of the whole and the proposals of beauty offered by each one of its objectives.

The Ixchel Museum is on the 6th. final street of zone 10, in the central campus of the Francisco Marroquín University. This entity guards and exhibits in its permanent rooms a rich textile heritage, among other objects of great historical value. In the same square you can enter the Popol Vuh Museum and the Museum dedicated to Mena.

The time has come, the Black and White Tour is presented in Guatemala