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Francho Arocha’s poetic and distinctive work

Posted on July - 20 - 2017

Photo courtesy: Deguate

With the passing of years, each generation has a new voice, which is communicated by a group of young thinkers, producers and people who manage to capture the zeitgeist of his time accurately. In Latin America, each country is setting forth a new group of artists whose work is both relevant and essential for the development of a critical outlook on societal problems.

In Guatemala, one of these artists is Franco Arocha, whose art took by storm the scene in his home country and is transcending into the international world. With a background in performance and theater, Arocha’s work deals with the concepts of identity, collective memory and the passing of time, forming a unique aesthetic that sets his canvases apart for their abstract composition. His latest work has moved on to other topics such as the politics of the body, masculinity and human rights and shifts into other media.

Franco Arocha “Pintura Sobrante”

Nonetheless, his abstract compositions made out of collected pieces of fragmented paint are a poetic and striking tribute to the urban history of the streets of Guatemala. Roaming through the avenues of the city center and surrounding areas, Arocha meticulously paid close attention to a distinctive part of the residences that for years went unnoticed by the quotidian passerby’s attention. Interested in the passing of time, Arocha concentrated his attention on the paint that has accumulated on the surface and has been stacking up from generation to generation. Each layer symbolizes a time long gone, a stage in the construction of the collective memory that is either ignored or forgotten. Paint is one of the most traditional mediums in art and in Arocha’s work it becomes both an appropriation and the raw material that is transplanted it to the canvas, where it both retains its original significance and takes on a new one. In abstract swirls, the fragmented paint becomes a colorful tunnel and a current into time and heritage. Arocha’s work manages to attain what little can, which is to produce engaging artworks that are both poetic and aesthetically pleasing.

His work has never stopped evolving, and to the day the young artist continues to develop through his labor and research, transcending into diverse subjects. At such an early age, Arocha has exhibited in various group exhibitions as well as solo exhibitions in various venues in Guatemala. We can only wait for what this young and up-and-coming artist will create next. Be sure to don’t miss his work!

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz