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Luis Rolando Ixquiac Xicara

No Es Fácil, oil on board, 1977, by Luis Rolando Ixquiac Xicara

Luis Rolando Ixquiac Xicará (born 1947) is an indigenous artist born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.[1] He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas "Rafael Rodríguez Padilla" in Guatemala, and continued his studies in Paris, France.[2][3]

He is known, principally in Latin America, for his ability to combine abstract art with vernacular art forms (sometimes referred to as primitivism or Naïve art) to represent elements of the natural Guatemalan landscape, including animals.[4][5] While Ixquiac Xicara shares the tradition of neo-naïf, or folk imagery, art, he creates images through a modernist abstract lens.[6] He works in oil on board and canvas, and also produces drawings and watercolors on paper.

Ixquiac Xicará's art is held in the collection of the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno "Carlos Mérida" in Guatemala City,[7] and in the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama City.[8] His paintings have been sold at auction by Bonhams in Los Angeles[9] and Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California.[10] He has been represented by Artique and the Galeria El Tunel, both in Guatemala City.[11][12][13][14][15] He has had solo exhibitions in diverse venues, including Casa de America Latina, Paris, France; Moscicki Center in Brussels, Belgium; and the French Cultural Center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.[2] Museum and gallery curators have also included his art in group exhibits, among them the IV Biennial Americana de Grabado in Santiago, Chile; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama City, Panama; and a Contemporary Mayan Art exhibit in Norway.[2][16]


Selected worksEdit

  • Fiesta. Acrylic on canvas. Height 92 cm x width 118 cm. Collection of the Banco de Guatemala[17]
  • Sin Título. Acrylic on canvas. Height 49 cm x width 49 cm. 1977. Collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama City, Panama.[18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Móbil, José A. Historia del arte guatemalteco, 11th Edition. (Guatemala, Serviprensa Centroamericana: 1995)
  2. ^ a b c retrieved 23 September 2009
  3. ^ Handbook of Latin American Art. Manual de arte latinoamericano: A Bibliographic Compilation. 2 vols. General ed., Joyce Waddell Bailey. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Information Services, 1984.
  4. ^ "Pintura en Guatemala (retrieved September 28, 2009)". 26 May 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "retrieved September 23, 2009". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Zuleta, Aspasia and Morten Svendsen. Maya, Sami, Barí, Wayúu, Yukpa, Añú: arte contemporáneo. 2003: Centro de Arte de Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez (Venezuela).
  7. ^ Stewart, Iaian. The Rough Guide to Guatemala 3rd Edition. (Rough Guides: London, 2006)
  8. ^ "retrieved September 23, 2009". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Retrieved September 21, 2009". 15 May 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Retrieved September 21, 2009". 13 September 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Retrieved 28 September 2009[dead link]
  12. ^ "Retrieved September 28, 2009". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "retrieved September 21, 2009". 24 October 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Publicado por el azar cultural (14 July 2006). "retrieved September 23, 2009". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Retrieved 28 September 2009
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2009.  Retrieved 28 September 2009
  17. ^ "Retrieved September 28, 2009". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Retrieved September 29, 2009". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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