Cultural Events in Guatemala

Posted on June - 1 - 2016

During the month of June, the artistic community of Guatemala has organized to bring to the public diverse cultural events. This year has proven to be a very diverse and prolific year in its initiatives.

20th Bienal de Arte Paiz

July 2 – June 3, 2016

Fundación Paiz (Paiz Foundation) was founded in the late seventies, but it was in 1978 that the first Biennal was inaugurated. The idea that worked as the fuel of this engine was to promote artistic creation and ignite spaces for the further creations of new dialogues. Each year the biennial centers on a curatorial concept, uniting mainly local artists with some international artists. This year, in particular, the number of international artists is greater than that of national artists. The established curator Alma Ruiz directed the event with Alexia Tala as co-curator and editor in chief. The 32 artists that were selected include big names in the international art scene such as Rirkrit Tiravanija (U.S.A), Carlos Cruz-Diez (France/Venezuela), Féliz González-Torres (U.S.A), Ernesto Neto (Brazil) among other talented artists. The national selection sees the talent of Esvin Alarcón Lam, Marilyn Boror, María Alejandra González, Juan Maurilio Mendoza, David Pérez “Karmadavis,” Sergio Valencia Salazar and the collective of Proyecto Sitio-Seña. This Bienal will take place in various headquarters in Guatemala City, specifically in the City Center in zone 1. This particular biennial stands out due interactive approach where the interaction between artists, spectator, and work form part of the creative process. Contextualizing the local with the international and art with life is one of the key intents of this biennial, and that can be best appreciated in the title of the Bienal: “Ordinary / Extraordinary: The democratization of art or the will to change things.”


Juannio, Latin American art action

June 9, 2016

Juannio is an action where a percentage of the earnings are destined to the Neurological Institute. It was first founded in 1964 and also serves as an initiative to promote the work of young artists as well as more established artists. In 1998 it established a contest where the works are judged by a jury comprised of esteemed figures in the art world. The first price wins a monetary retribution that is seen as an artistic scholarship for the artist to continue his/her production. This year, several of the artists that are represented by Scoop Art are auctioning their work including Antonio Pichillá, Alfredo Ceibal, Alex Cuchilla, Daniel Chauche, Luciano Goizueta, Danny Zavaleta, Mauricio Esquivel, Walterio Iraheta, Ángel Poyón and Patricia Salamonde.



Alfredo Ceibal, “Reinvención_Regeneración“, Proyecto Poporopo

June 2, 2016

It has been a busy couple of months for Alfredo Ceibal. He will be having a solo exhibition in the Cultural Space Proyecto Poporopo on the same day that the Bienal is opening its doors. His latest imaginative compositions and colorful figures can be best experienced in this exhibition.

By: Gabriela Martínez