I’m getting very excited as I watch the days count down to my departure to San Carlos, Costa Rica. In an effort to work on my spanish and push my american brain into the culture of the Ticos, I am going to dedicate a few blogs to Costa Rica. To kick this off, let’s discuss some art. Now I could talk about art all day so we’ll focus this down to one artist in particular, Francisco Amighetti.
Amighetti was a successful artist and writer. He passed away a little over 10 years ago, although I found one website that stated he is still producing art, perhaps he is the Elvis of Costa Rican art. With a distinctive style that reflected not only Costa Rican culture, but integrated European influences, he transcended the typical regionalist style, common in Costa Rica, with his primitive and surrealistic prints and paintings.
Costa Rican newspaper La NaciÃ³n described him as “one of the last self-taught artists”. He only briefly attended art school and got most his training from sketching in city parks. You can feel the latin american influence in his work, yet the subject matter reaches beyond typical Costa Rican themes. Amighetti explored sexuality, death, and social commentary in his works that were shown internationally in Paris, Romania, China, Japan, Israel, Germany, New York and all over Latin America. Here are a few of his works:
“I discovered my nation by distancing myself, I discerned it through evocations and nostalgias and all roads led me back to it…”
For more information, check out these websites:
Official website (in spanish)