4th Quarter 2015

In the Studio of Benigno Gómez, (b 1934)

The paintings of Benigno Gómez erupt with color. His paradise on earth is clearly a tropical one. It is lush, crowded and diverse. His figures, women washing or girls playing, don’t just exist in the natural world; they form part of it. They blend in and out of their surroundings, sometimes difficult to distinguish.

Gómez was born in 1934 in Naranjito. As a young man, he went to the capital to study the visual arts. In 1950, he was granted funds to study in Italy. His first show was in the Honduran consulate in Rome. In 1966, he returned home. He became a professor at the Escuela de Bellas Artes. In 1976, he won the esteemed Pablo Zelaya Award. Soon after that, the United Nations chose his Las Palomas (“The Doves”) for the UN postal stamp and invited him to show at UN headquarters. The popular stamp was reissued in 1986.

Gómez never stopped searching for the artistic language that best expressed his own conscience. Like Gaugin, he gives us essence rather than exact reality. He transports us to another time, communicating joy and energy, tradition and interconnectedness.

We met Benigno in his home in Tegucigalpa. His house is identified by a large dove on the door. He and his wife are animated and enthusiastic to show us the studio and work. A pleasant light enters the studio and the colors abound. We purchase several paintings and we leave him to paint some more.

oil on canvas
18" x 24"

Lavendera II
oil on canvas
18" x 24"

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