As the Sunfest committee celebrates the 11th year of its increasingly popular art show, the man who helped launch it chalks up its success to a fairly simple premise, be fair to the artist.
Colores de Latinoamérica ‘17 is a showcase of creative works by some of Canada’s most talented visual artists who were either born in, or have immediate family ties to, various Latin American countries including Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
Running until Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Arts Project (TAP), the exhibition will feature new artworks from Mirna Chacin, an award-winning Venezuelan photographer; Christian Castelblanco, a Colombian-born graffitist, graphic designer, illustrator and digital artist; Peru Dyer Jalea, a proponent of the ‘Graffuturism’ movement, who dedicates much of his energy to advancing the traditions of graffiti and mural art; Irma Gutierrez, whose art is built on remembrances of lost histories, folktales and myths; Tania Iraheta, an abstract landscape painter; Nina Antonini, a Venezuelan-born painter; and Harley Salamanca, who illustrates the transition from traditional still life painting to a more hard-edge look.
For Sunfest executive and artistic director Alfredo Caxaj, the art show has grown into a “signature event” for his organization.
This perception is backed up, Caxaj adds, by TAP officials who state Colores de Latinoamérica is one of the most popular exhibitions of the year.
That success stems, in at least some part he speculates, from the surprisingly rare idea of actually supporting the artists.
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