Artist Spotlight: Alfredo Ceibal

Posted on December - 22 - 2015

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a new artist on our website? This month’s Spotlight is dedicated to Guatemalan artist Alfredo Ceibal (1952 – ), who says “I don’t paint to sell. I paint for me”. He describes his style as one of “magic realism” which speaks to influential literature in his work like that of Miguel Ángel Asturias and Gabriel García Márquez, while also inspired by the vibrant colors of Guatemala and Latin America.

Alfredo Ceibal “Formas de Vida Unicelulares en Encelado”

By mixing several elements from daily life- customs, rituals, routines and ceremonies- with a tendency for exoticism, Ceibal creates surreal artwork that reminds us of our mortality and the beauty of life. He says: “I want to translate my imagination onto the canvas. This is what matters and nothing else… Fortunately, growing up in Guatemala gave me the privilege of living, both literally and figuratively, over the vast realm of Pre-Columbian cultures where color and light reign and where life is a theatre of unrehearsed glories and tragedies. I feel it was the complexity of these textures that prepared me for the challenge of this quest”.

Switch on over to our art store to see what he’s talking about. Three of his artworks – “Diálogos”; “Formas de Vida Unicelulares en Encelado”; and “Unknown Energies” – are currently on display and are a great example of how versatile Ceibal’s work can be. He has participated in many exhibitions around the world including New York and Mexico, and has continuously shown his talent making him an artist to watch.

What do you think of his work? Let us know in the comments section!

By: Daniela Serra

Alfredo Ceibal “Dialogos”