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Three contemporary Nicaraguan artists to follow

Posted on April - 11 - 2018

Nicaragua shares with its neighboring country a troubled past that still has a lingering effect on today’s society. However, the artistic landscape, not reliving enough state and social priority, has managed to produce a talented and committed generation of artists. Here are three Nicaraguan artists producing relevant artwork.

Patrica Belli

Born in 1964 in Managua, Nicaragua, Belli has been a revelation in the contemporary landscape of the city of Managua as an artist, promoter, and educator. Regarded as one of the most influential contemporary artists, her interest includes dealing with the politics of genre identity through a variety of media, combining the mechanical with the handcrafted. After pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the Art Institute of San Francisco, Belli returned to Nicaragua and founded the Space for Research and Artists Reflection, EspIRA, an organization that trains artists. Her work has regularly exhibited in Central America, South America, the United States and Europe.

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Farley Aguilar

Farley Aguilar, Nicaragua-born artists, based in Miami, emigrated from his country at a young age to escape his country’s political turmoil. A self-taught painter, he employs found photographs bringing his subjects into environments that feel both reminiscent of artist-studio walls and bathroom graffiti. The artist caught the art world attention at the Armory Fair, when his dealer, Anthony Spinello sold many of how to work with significant collectors. Last year his work was displayed at his first solo exhibition at New York’s gallery Lyles & King. His work is in the collections of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Brown University, and the Orlando Museum of Art.

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Fredman Barahona

The Nicaraguan artist, used performance as the fundamental resource of his artistic practice, in occasions moving through photography, video, and installations. His work relates social anthropology, theatre, and contemporary art to reflect on identity, sexuality, body politics and cultural borders. As a researcher and activist his interested in cultural practices regarding ephemeral drag, fleeting identities and gender-bending expressions in indigenous/mestizo rituals in America.

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz

Courtesy: Contemporary Art Daily