Santos Arzú Quioto from Honduras
Artist in Residence at Expressiones Cultural Center
Art Opening: Saturday,
August 11th. 6.00-8.00 P.M.
August 11 – September 12
Expressiones Cultural Center is proud to launch the Solo Art Exhibition of Honduren Master Artist Santos Arzú Quioto in the United States. A body of work painted during his time in New London, CT having as inspiration the New London Thames River. With more than twenty Solo Exhibits, renowed in Honduras, United States, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Peru, India, Colombia, Italy, China as well as in over forty Group Art Shows in Central America, Mexico, Cuba, France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Korea and other countries. He has participated in several biennials representing Honduras: The main are:
48 ° Venice Biennial (1999), Venice, Italy, 1 ° Bienal Iberoamericana in Lima, Peru (1997), 2 ° and 3 ° Biennial Caribbean and Central America in Santo Domingo (1994 and 1996), 4 th International Biennial of Painting, Cuenca, Ecuador, 1 °, 2 ° and 3 ° Biennial of Central America in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua (1998, 2000, 2002).
The exile, diaspora and displacement have been recurring themes in my art projects but also as individual memories and defense mechanism to uprooting.
The people who self exile themselfes definitely, move perhaps pressured by external stress or to escape their own ghosts or simply looking for a better life, a new homeland, without renouncing even of their origins.
Not surprisingly migrants go with their country-and existence- in their backs creating a new territoriality. The exodus and many times to never ever reach has become a crossroads of identities, not only in the physical or material way, but especially in the existential. What interests me is to establish that everyone carries implicitly the desire for happiness and living well.
New London, Connecticut, is a meeting point, is strategic crossroads between two giants like New York and Boston. But it is also true that it is a place with its own history and characteristics of multiculturalism. I addressed this situation from the painting point, not wanting to tell stories, I seek to evoke and create mental scenarios based on color and texture that have finally become real landscape in motion…
Santos Arzu Quioto, New London- July 2012.