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Luis H. Padilla – Honduran Painter

After finishing his studies at the National School of Arts in Honduras, Luis H. Padilla (1947) decided to explore a number of languages seeking to increase his knowledge of sociological issues. His first works resemble Mexican muralists, but he quickly shifted towards a more direct and sarcastic figuration, all at the end of the 1960s. Upon entering the next decade, linguistic and conceptual affinity lead him to the “Taller de la Merced” (Translation would be Workshop of Mercy) where he worked from 1974 to 1976. While working in this workshop, his work went through a transformation and he esplored the critical expressionism style.
Now the painting is decanted and is not difficult to establish its iconography. Together with the artist Moises Becerra, we can say that Padilla is characterized by placing women at the center of his art. because of this reason, in Honduras he is considered as the greatest painter of Honduran women.

 

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Hermes Maltez Armijo – Honduras Painter

It’s easy to see where Hermes Maltez Armijo (1951) inspired himself, almost all of his worked is linked to the critical realism sytel. It is certain that he based his work in some of the Mexican muralists and booming local trends in his academy. Furthermore, he was the protégé of Dante Lazzaroni, an artist accustomed to rigor of the technique and its application to society. In 1971, after graduating from the Honduran National School of Art, he decided to travel to Mexico with the idea to consolidate his profession by studying two years at the School of San Carlos located in capital. On his return, he demonstrated that he was an active artist that could portray social drama in his canvas. It is worth noting his statement: “We must make aesthetic facts about the world around us …”
Below you can see one of his most famous paintings, “El Arador” which means The Plowman :

 

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Chiminike is the first interactive museum in Honduras, where children have access to educational content and activities.

The museum is situated about 7km south of downtown, it caters to kids of all ages, from a peaceful infant/nursing area to adolescent-level displays on Maya history. Another interesting area is the Human Body exhibit, where children can understand the hows and whys of farting, vomiting, sneezing and body odor, crawlingh through the digestive tract that begins at the mouth and ends with a slide through an oversized rectum.

The other exhibitions in the museum include:

  • Nursery: A playground for babies, where they can interact with all members of your family. These games will help develop all the senses as the baby interacts with the family members.
  • The City: Here children can play and become real engineers and help develop a city. They can also become bankers, radio or television producer.
  • The Human Body:Imagine entering a giant nose, causing tickling to the point that you sneeze. Impossible? NO, thank Chiminike. Here in this room, will not only know the sense of smell, but to know everything about our bodies. DNA, and varies in each of us as our features and even defines our personality, respondiéndonos to the question of why we like our parents, uncles or grandparents.
  • Honduras and its People: The purpose of this exhibition is to understand the different forms of expression in the ancient civilizations focusing on Mayan Culture. Children learn about archeology, the history of the country and the main archaeological sites of the Mayan world, its culture, language and traditions.
  • We travel to Space: Children have the opportunity to learn about space travel and see a real moon rock.
  • Environment: Water: source of life. The environment exhibition explains and teaches children about the benefits of water.
  • The House of Balance: Imagine walking into a house where everything is tilted, but surprisingly things are going up instead of down. In this exhibition children learn about gravity and fisics.
  • External exhibitions: an outside playground where children can climb molecules, DNA and eat a snack in the museum’s wagon.
    • Molecular Structure:
    • The wagon and locomotive:
    • DNA Structure.
  • Energy: The purpose of this exhibition is to teach children everything related to energy production and energy saving. The activities in this room, include the Bed of Nails, Vander Graaph and many more.

By watching the video below you can have a better idea of the exhibitions in the museum.

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Honduran Artists – Mario Castillo

Mario Castillo was born in the city of San Pedro Sula, north of the country in 1932. is another artist who had to leave the country to be convinced of his virtues. His artistic training came directly from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. In 1958, upon graduation, he returned to Honduras to meet the same fate as Hooch and Becerra: to become a professor at the Honduran Fine Arts Academy. Now, unlike them, Castillo returned to stay and teach art to future generations.

Mario Castillo is considered by critics as being the best portrait artist in Honduras. He has continuously and actively participated in many expositions in Honduras and other countries. He is a permanent expositor at the Foundation for the Museum of the Honduran Culture. Among his well deserved awards are the Honorary Mention in the First Annual Gallery for Painting; diploma granted in the First Painting Contest by the National Autonomous University of Honduras; the Great Prize of the IV Annual Gallery for Painting in Tegucigalpa; and the San Vito Romero Medal granted in Italy. In 1995 he received the José Miguel Gómez Golden Crown granted by the foundation for the Museum of the Honduran Culture. On May 1996 he was chosen by Trio’s Gallery to participate at the Biennial Exposition of Central American Galleries in Guatemala.

Below you can see one of his masterpieces, “Sueño de Jacob”, which means Jacob’s Dream.

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Honduran Painter –  Julio Visquerra

Honduran Painter, Julio Visquerra was born in 1943.

He arrived in Europe in the ’60s, after graduating from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Honduras. In Spain, Barcelona he established his workplace and hub, from where he could travel to the neighboring countries, mainly France.

Visquerra’s mission in Europe was not to study more art, but to identify and be identified with the Renaissance realism, Baroque and Surrealism. He visited local museums, galleries and artist workshops regularly to achieve his goal.

On his return in 1988, his painting was already final, codified in theme and style “through the creation of images such as fruit or Mediterranean barroque flowers …” according to the historian Leticia Oyuela.

Below his masterpiece “Carnaval de Ceiba” (Ceiba is a city in the north coast of Honduras famous for its Carnaval):

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Honduran Artist – Gregorio Sabillon

Gregorio Sabillón was born in 1945. His works may be associated by location and language to the artist Julio Visquerra, as both went to Barcelona to learn the ways of Surrealism art style.

In 1971, three years after his arrival in Spain, his work seemed to express his true inspirations and ideas, as stated in the book Honduras: overview of his painting.

That year, his work took a major turn away from figuration, enough to provide an abstract painting, endowed with mysterious and delicate colors, a concept he followed until 1974.

After showing an inclination to the neofigurative branch at the end of the 70’s, he began creating works of art with a surrealism style, which is the artistic line he is currently focused in.

Below his masterpiece “Maternidad” which means Motherhood:

 

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