1st Quarter 2015

In the Studio of Hugo Palma-Ibarra

Headless angels and broken alters lead me to a unique art opening in Managua, Nicaragua. It is the one-hundred year anniversary of the poem, Pax, by Rubin Dario, as well as the showcase for nineteen new works by Hugo Palm-Ibarra. Palma-Ibarra uses the inspiration of the poem in his new show, Armonia y Eternidad (Harmony & Eternity), located in his personal estate that includes his home, studio, museum and an abandoned church destroyed in the 1972 earthquake. Everywhere I look I see ingenious use of the debris creating monuments and contemporary designs.

The event starts at dusk, Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 on the poem’s centennial. I arrive with the owner, Joaquin Gomez, accompanied by Cristienne Dugan, the director of Galeria Pleyades, the finest art gallery in Managua. People are meeting, wine and prosecco are going down easily in the warm evening in the outside terraces that surround a huge two-hundred- year-old tree. Joaquin tells me a story about the fresco in the church. A friend of his fell in love with one of the angels… he was obsessed to find the girl who posed for the beloved angel. When he finally found her, like the mural, the years had not been kind to the angelic muse yet he married her.

Precisely at 7:00 pm, Hugo leads us to the museum/studio and we all spread out into the many exhibitions areas and then to a stage area. He reads us the poem, Pax, and tells of his interpretation of the poem into the oil paintings on canvas. Another lengthy work is read by a contemporary poet as we sip our drinks and listen. Hugo Palma-Ibarra is one of Nicaragua’s most important artists. He is a quiet well-spoken man, born in 1942. Palma-Ibarra moved to live in Italy from 1960-1977, where he studied medicine, painting and art history at varied academies. Palma-Ibarra has exhibited his works internationally including at the Italo-Latin American Institute in Rome, at Galleria Magenta 52 in Milan, the 49th edition Venice Biennale, and the 10th Quadriennale in Rome.

Last December, when Ford Fine Art exhibited in Miami during Art Basel, it was no surprise when one of his paintings was the first one sold. Four works from Armonia y Eternidad will be shown for sale in our new gallery at Rancho Santana, Nicaragua which opens March 16, 2015.

Suzanne Snider

Divagacion 2
oil on canvas, 2014

Paint brush installation at the show

In the Studio of Palma-Ibarra

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