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Artist Spotlight: Walterio Iraheta

Posted on March - 14 - 2016

Born in El Salvador in 1968, Walterio Iriaheta studied Graphic Arts at the Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado of El Salvador, at the Chicago Cultural Center, USA and the School of Visual Arts La Esmeralda, Mexico and currently works and lives in San Ignacio, El Salvador. Currently Iriaheta is one of the most established Salvadoran contemporary artists, whose work has interested and gained the attention of an international audience. All though he began his artistic career in the medium of drawing, Iraheta is most recognized for his work that revolves around the action of exportation and appropriation of pop culture and historical imaginary as cultural signifiers through photography and installations. Iraheta usually works in a series of photographs that unite through common concepts and keen observations. In some of his previous series such as The Kriptonita Project, 2005-2007, he explored gender roles and identity hybridizations through the male heroic figures, by considering the impact of Western culture in peripheral societies. 

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A series he explores and emphasizes the culture-crashing by juxtaposing certain recognizable objects or characters in diverse compositions. In the series Still Life, 2014 – 2015 that you can find in our Art Store, the dioramic photographic images are the stage in which Iraheta constructs simple composition of everyday appliances and objects. By painting the quotidian household items in solid white, Iraheta intends to dramatize their volume and rhythmic reading through the contrast between shadow and light, recalling the old baroque masters and thus creating contemporary still lifes that relate to the viewers daily experiences. Is through the action of resignifying that Iraheta manages to communicate best his estrangement and nostalgic intent.  

He participated in the Biennale de Valencia – São Paulo 2008, the Tenth Havana Biennial in 2009, the first Pontevedra Biennale in 2010 and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. At this moment he has more than 35 solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions.

By: Gabriela Martínez