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International College Partners With Guatemalan Consulate of Miami to Present Exhibit Featuring Two Guatemalan Artists December 8 through January 12

The Guatemalan General Consulate of Miami is sponsoring an exhibit to be held in the Thomas and Paula Falciglia Art Gallery at International College’s Naples campus December 8 through January 12.

The exhibit will feature about 35 pieces of artwork from Guatemalan artists David Ordonez Lacayo and Armando Chacon. This is the first time the Falciglia Gallery is hosting a consulate-sponsored art show.

A Guatemalan-themed reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 2655 Northbrooke Drive. Chacon and Guatemalan General Consul Ana Maria Monteagudo will attend the reception.

“We are very excited to sponsor this special exhibit through International College’s Falciglia Art Gallery,” said Ana Maria Monteagudo, Guatemala General Consul. “David is one of the most famous painters from Guatemala and Armando is a young painter whose work deserves more exposure, so it is very exciting to showcase their work to the citizens of the southwestern region of Florida. This is also a wonderful opportunity to give others a better understanding of Guatemalan culture and the rich history of the Mayan people.”

Ordonez is a Guatemalan native who studied architecture at Complutense University in Madrid and at San Carlos University in Guatemala. He also studied mural painting at Real Academia de San Fernando in Madrid.

Internationally recognized, Ordonez has developed an artistic technique characterized by a mixture of processes, including the art of serigraphy, acrylic shadings and special textures as well as luminous lacquers. All the processes are then fused to create unique works. Limited numbered editions are prepared and certified for authenticity.

Ordonez’s work has been exhibited in Colombia, El Salvador, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Guatemala.

Chacon, 29, is a local South Florida artist who was born and raised in Guatemala City. In 1989, he moved to Tampa with his family. He currently resides in Hollywood with his wife, Sheila.

He is a young surrealist artist who was greatly influenced by various masters of the Surreal movement, especially Salvador Dali. He also studied Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, and Giorgio De Chirico, all of whom helped him gain an understanding of composition, perspective, and color harmony. Chacon’s art is also influenced by the ancient glyphs of Mayan culture. His paintings combine surreal landscapes with uniquely-created symbols he refers to as the “Soul” and the “Spirit.” The most apparent symbol is the bluish-green sphere which embodies the soul of an individual.

His work has been exhibited in New York as well as various parts of Florida, including Hollywood, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Chacon’s accolades include being named “Artist of the Month” by the Broward Art Guild in 2001, receiving The Grumbacher Award for Artistic Excellence in 2001, and receiving a certificate of Special Recognition by the Expresiones de Arte Iberoamericano in 2002.

Chacon is enthusiastic about sharing his unique brand of art with others in the southwestern region of Florida.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity. I hope the public recognizes the spirituality and soul of these paintings. My hope is that people can see life beyond the material things,” he said. “There are few artists who come out of my country. I want others to know Guatemalan artists exist. Hopefully, they will be anxious to learn more about me, my art, and my culture.”

“International College is pleased to partner with the Guatemalan Consul to introduce these gifted Guatemalan artists to the southwestern region of Florida. Both artists express the look and feel of their homeland,” added Melody Hainsworth, Vice President of Information Resources and Services.

For more information, contact Melody Hainsworth, Vice President of Information Resources and Services, at 513-1122, Ext. 108.
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