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Armando Lara was born in la Lima, in the north coast of Honduras in 1959. He demonstrated his artistic vocations since he was very young. Since he was a student in school, he enjoyed drawing very much and demonstrated his inclination to surrealism.

Even though he was prone to this artistic style, he did not want to follow the same psychological tendency of the pure form of surrealism and instead he followed a social path. To do this, he inspires himself in a concrete fact in life, generally related with injustice and converts this situation into fantastic images in order to give the painting the right atmosphere.

One of his most important paintings, where his style can be appreciated related with Honduras history is “Ecos”, made in 1989. The painting has warm tones and representing a desert with two craters in the centre and a fossil human figure in the spotlight. Also in the painting several seashells can be seen in the background.

In works of later years, Lara keeps his plastic speech full of content, but with a different texture that characterizes the picture described above. Now he works with cool colors in order to highlight aspects of a reality which are markedly inhumane. That’s what I see in his paintings “Rincon de luz” (1991) and “Calles de gas,” which describes two opposing environments of what is and should be the man. To a point that this ends up as a simple bagged hand, which means that it is powerless to perform is best ability: to create. Using this theme and style, essentially surrealist profile, Lara has made numerous personal and collective exhibitions with great applause from the audience. His works are in several countries in Latin America and the United States.

Some individual Expositions

Valanti Galery-San José Costa Rica- 2006
Mujeres en las Artes ‘’Leticia de Oyuela’’ Tegucigalpa, Honduras- Mayo 2005
‘’Espacio’’ Galery San Salvador, El Salvador- Diciembre 2003
‘’Valanti’’ Galery San José, Costa Rica-Junio 2001
‘’Legacy Fine Art’’ Galery Panamá, Panamá-Octubre 2000
‘’Espacio’’ Galery San Salvador, El Salvador
Galery ‘’Américas Collection’’ Miami, Fl. EE.UU.-1999
Contemporary Art Museum Panamá, Panamá Comunicación Interrumpida’’ -Agosto 1999
Contemporary Plastic Arts Galery Guatemala, Guatemala-Diciembre 1998

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Honduras Painter – José Antonio Velásquez

José Antonio Velásquez is the most important painter that Honduras has seen. José Antonio Velásquez was born on the 8th of February of 1906 in a small town called Caridad in the south west of the country, near the border with El Salvador.
Velásquez lived in Caridad until his parents died, moving to the north coast of the country to look for work. At that time the north coast had many foreign companies investing in banana plantations. In 1930, he moved to Tegucigalpa and learned the trade of telegrapher. After learning this trade, he was offered a job and had to move San Antonio de Oriente, a town located at 30 km from the capital Tegucigalpa.
He fell in love with this town; he got married there in 1931 to Raquel Maradiaga and had 6 children. San Antonio de Oriente became his inspiration for most of his art work. After a few years he stopped working in the Post Office and started working as a barber, where he dedicated some of his time to painting as a hobbie, inspired in San Antonio de Oriente’s beauty.
José Antonio Velásquez is considered the first primitivism painter in America. His reputation began to spread and he was invited by the King of Spain to promote his work in that country. Afterwards, he would make several other expositions in the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Colombia and Cuba.
His paintings were extremely deatiled and this style has its sources in spontaneous paintings of primitive man and also to children drawings. His work is similar to the French painter Lois Vivin, who painted Paris’ buildings brick by brick. The same style can be appreciated in Velazques paintings where you can see the roof tiles painted one by one, the hills where you can count the pine trees, dogs in the street and people occupied in their daily chores.
José Antonio Velásquez died on the 14th of February, 1983 leaving one incomplete painting.

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