2nd Quarter 2015

In the Studio of Cesar Izquierdo   (1937-2015)

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.

I had the honor of meeting Cesar at a party in 2013 at the home of Pepo Toledo. He was charming and a little shy. He invited me to his studio. The walls were filled with his paintings and the works of his colleagues. As we wound through the various rooms, nooks and stairs, we drank wine and talked about his days working with Arostegui and the Praxis artists. These intimate moments allow me to appreciate Cesar's art with a different view. The lines twist and turn like our stroll through his studio and I can remember his smile and his enthusiasm for his art.

Suzanne Brooks Snider

Suzanne with Izquierdo and his painting.

In the studio of Izquierdo

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