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Art in Guatemala – Guest Blogger: Penny Peters

January 29, 2013

La Comunicacion

Efrain Recinos

When I visited Guatemala in November 2012 we came across a wonderful set of large scale murals on the subject of communication designed by Efrain Recinos (May 15, 1928 – October 2, 2011) a Guatemalan contemporary architect, muralist, urbanist, painter and sculptor.  His images of people were inspired by Mayan imagery.  The bright blue murals were stunningly set in a lush green landscape.  I found it interesting  that the images were designed to portray ideas within a big concept like ‘communication’.   I have repeatedly returned to look at the images for line, shape, color, value and meaning.  Each of the images contains an orangish area that brings focus to the type of communication that is represented and accents the image itself.  I have decided that # 8 is about spirituality or arthritis, and I have yet to decide about # 9, maybe speaking above the heads of children??  Enjoy!!  If you have more information about this artwork please let us know.       Penny Peters

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  1. January 29, 2013 3:41 am

    Where are they situated in Guatemala?

  2. Penny Peters permalink
    January 29, 2013 5:46 am

    Hi Ann, These murals are just outside Antigua on a hilltop owned by the Santo Domingo. Hotel. You go to the Hotel to catch their transport up the mountain. The grounds are an outdoor sculpture garden, and there is a lovely restaurant at the top which is run by the Hotel. I am sure you will enjoy the experience if you are able to go. Penny

  3. January 29, 2013 5:30 pm

    Those are really cool Penny. Somehow not what I was expecting from an artist in Guatemala. Perhaps I was thinking something more traditional.

  4. Penny Peters permalink
    January 30, 2013 6:10 pm

    We saw all the traditional indigenous art too, and visited villages where Mayan women are still weaving on back-strap looms for a fair trade organization called Mayan Hands. It was a wonderfully touching experience to talk with the women about their lives and ours.

  5. January 31, 2013 6:34 pm

    Very enlightening Penny, thank you for sharing!

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