2nd Quarter 2014

Benajamín Cañas is a giant of Salvadoran painting. Like Gabriel García Marquez, Cañas worked in the realm of Magical Realism. He pulled his characters from mythology, religion, literature and a vast imagination.

Art Critique of The Art Critic

Architect turned painter Benjamin Cañas’s portrait of Cuban lawyer, author, art critic and friend to contemporary Latin and Central American artists José Gómez Sicre (1916 – 1991) is a testament to his knowledge of and fondness for classical European painting tradition. A tribute to his patron and friend Sicre and Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio (1571 – 1610), The Art Critic, completed in 1984, was one of Cañas’s last oil on board paintings.

The image portrays a larger-than-life figure with three, wisdom-infused third-eyes arranged in pyramidal fashion atop its long bald pate. His face is bathed in a glow of light made even more brilliant against the dark Caravaggioesque background. He keeps a penetrating gaze on the viewer, while his aged muse, a miniature voluptuous Rubenesque woman with sagging breasts and extended, drooping belly, leans her right arm sullenly against him. The suppleness and gentle folds of skin and fabric emphasize Cañas’s skill as a painter, while his use of chiaroscuro and rich color palette of red, green and gold, pay homage to the European masters he admired greatly.

The painting comprises several iconographic motifs that were meaningful to the artist. As an architect, Cañas was a skilled

The Art Critic, 1978
oil on board   48" x 48"
draftsman, well versed in balance and proportion, yet many of his figures are imbued with slight limbs that give his portly, monumental figures a fragile unstable presence. The most proportioned object appears to be the rag doll that lies flat upon the table, perhaps emblematic of lost innocence and childhood.

by Susanna Brooks, Curator of Japanese Art, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

‘Ford Fine Art’ shines a spotlight
on the Masters of Latin American Art

There are few private art galleries in the country where you can find major works by Benjamín Cañas, three decades of paintings by Armando Morales and large, vintage pieces by Alejandro Arostegui.

Plus significant works by Mexican masters Diego Rivera, Francisco Toledo, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Luis Cuevas and Sofia Bassi. Not to mention South American masters Roberto Matta, Claudio Brava, Ignatio Iturria and Joaquin Torres-Garcia and Cuban masters Wifredo Lam, Tomas Sanchez and Oscar Garcia Rivera.

But you can find them all at Ford Fine Art in Delray Beach.

Ford Fine Art specializes in Latin American masters. Tucked away on NE 5th Avenue, two and a half blocks north of Atlantic Avenue, the gallery houses a unique and valuable collection of museum-quality art as well as works by talented newcomers.

Gallery director Suzanne Snider says the current collection is based on owner Mark Ford’s personal thirty-year-old collection plus more than a thousand pieces acquired at

auction and from private collectors and the artists themselves since the business was formed in 2008. The quality of the collection is apparent the moment you step into the Ford Fine Art courtyard with its tranquil garden and bronze sculptures. Suzanne welcomes you into the gallery with a warm smile and the offer of a tour, complete with her personal stories about the artwork and the artists.

“People are amazed when they see the gallery,” says Suzanne. “They say they can’t believe something like this exists in Delray Beach.”

Suzanne and Mark have traveled extensively in Latin America over the years, meeting artists and critics and dealers – gradually developing a network that furnishes the gallery today.

In recent years they have been focusing on Central America an area of Latin America read more...

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