2nd Quarter 2015

With a careful hand, Izquierdo shares his unique understanding of the human condition. For the viewer, it is an emotional experience. In low relief, Mayan gods return our stares. In a complexly textured monochrome, we find humiliation and despair. Strength and hope. An angst that we can almost touch. In ink, jealousy shame, vengeance, serenity and please take physical form.

Izquierdo was born in the Quiché in 1937. He arrived at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in 1956. In 1967, he had his first one-man show. He then received a scholarship to study in Nicaragua. In 1963, he and Alejandro Arosteguí founded Praxis. The group used traditional art forms to depict the realities of the times. The good as well as the bad. In 2007, the National Museum of Modern Art in Guatemala housed an Izquierdo retrospective. It included 50 drawings, 70 paintings and over 100 photos of older pieces. This was the first time that all of the museum’s space was devoted to a single artist.

Izquierdo’s career spans more than 50 years. In that time, he has shown all over Latin America, Spain and the US.

Galeria Rancho Santana

Lively music, appetizers and spirits open Ford Fine Art’s newest gallery in Nicaragua, March 30th. Five of the contemporary artists that are represented by the gallery greet guests along with gallery owner, Mark Ford and director Suzanne Snider. Veronica Fonseca is introduced as the sales associate who will open the gallery every Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Local home owners, hotel guests and clients from Managua arrive in the afternoon to enjoy the festivities. Artists Alejandro Arostegui, Armando Mejia, Maria Renee, Javier Valle Perez and Ilsa Ortiz proudly show their work. Joselito plays his guitar and is accompanied by the violin. Later in the evening, Armando Mejia joins the duo and plays the saw. read more...


Central American Moderism

A historic event was held in Managua, Nicaragua on March 26, 2015. Artists, collectors, gallery owners and museum directors were invited to the Club Terrazo for a cocktail party hosted by Mark Ford of Ford Fine Art and Joaquin Gomez, owner of Galeria Pleyades, the finest gallery in Managua.

For the past two years we at Ford Fine Art has been researching, writing, and editing for the book, Central American Modernism, to be published by Caps & Bells. Essays by leading historians in each Central American nation were written and edited. To fully create accurate biographies of the six most important Modern artists born 1940 from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, we had to go to the source.

The objective was to meet and interview those people who knew the Modernist artists…and photographs need to be taken of significant works. Besides reaching our goals, we also found ourselves making history. A photograph was taken to commemorate the gathering of the many contemporary artists together with gallery owners and directors and placed in the Nicaraguan newpaper, La Prensa.

The next event will be in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Studio Hotel on April 30th. Then Guatemala May 20th. For more information, visit us at www.fordfineart.com or contact me at suzanne@fordfineart.com.

Mark Ford, Suzanne Snider and Joaquin Gomez in Managua.

Nicaraguan Artists, Ford Fine Art and Galeria Pleyades.

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