JAVIER CÁRCAMO

Biografía

Javier Cárcamo

Guatemalan artist and writer, exponent of the surrealistic art.
The techniques and mediums that he uses are primarily oil, acrylic,
xylography, intaglio and direct carving.
Alongside other artists, he created the murals that decorate the walls of the Universidad Popular de Guatemala, murals that illustrate the history of art. 
He is one of the precursors of ink and engravings in blood. 
His pictorial collection Gods you are (Dioses Sois), created with human and animal blood,  was presented during two long periods in the year 2001.

 

Biography.

 

Cárcamo was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. At the age of 14 he began studying at the Roberto Cabrera Padilla Plastic Arts School, in the Universidad Popular, where he became interested in contemporary plastic arts.

 

During his years as a student he experimented with diverse painting and sculpture techniques. His first personal exhibition was "Stigio '99", at the age of 19. Later he exhibited "The Tunnel of the Massacres", "Reliving the Scene of the Crime", "After Hours of Thought" and "Gods You Are", a series which presented paintings and engravings created with blood.

In 2001 he joined his teacher, the artist Jorge Corleto, on a project consisting of a series of murals that illustrate the history of art. These murals can be found on the walls of the Universidad Popular in Guatemala City.

On March 4, 2020 he inaugurated his exhibition "Art is not explained" (El arte no s explica), a series presented in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Rafael Rodríguez Padilla National School of Plastic Arts, Cultural Heritage of Guatemala.

 

As writer, he made debut in the year 2003, with the publication of his book "Words that you would never dedicate" (Palabras que Nunca Dedicarías), with a prologue written by the French philologist Géry Faivré de Arcier.

 

In September, 2008, he presented his second book, "What I Wrote While You Were Hiding" (Lo que escribí mientras te escondías), a selection of prose written between 2004 and 2007.  The prologue was provided by the Guatemalan writer Gustavo Bracamonte.

In 2019 he presented the novel "The Apotheosis of the Stones", a fantastic and psychological novel.

Plástic Arts.


Collective exhibitions

 

• 2017 __ The stray dogs "Los Chuchos Callejeros"

• 2015 __ Art exhibit of teachers. ENAP Guatemala.

• 2003 __ Festival of the Arts Trovajazz

• 2003 __ Festival of the Arts Trovajazz

• 1999 __ Homage Centenary 99 of César Brañas

• 1998 __ Cultural Center La Cúpula

• 1996 __ Homage Max Saravia Gual

• 1996 __ Homage César Brañas

• 1995-1997 __ 7 collective exhibitions. 
                Gallery Eloy Amado Herrera

 

Personal exhibitions

 

• 2020 __ Art is not explained.                 

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Rafael Rodríguez Padilla National School of Plastic Arts, Cultural Heritage of  Guatemala.

• 2001 __ Gods You Are. 
Series of paintings and engravings in blood, presented in a                              performance along with the National School of Dance of Guatemala.

• 2000 __ After Hours of Thought.               

Series of oil paintings.

• 2000 __ Reliving the Scene of the Crime. 

Series of large acrylic paintings.

• 1999 __ The Tunnel of the Massacres. 

Performance on the armed conflict in Guatemala

• 1999 __ Stigio ' 99 

 Series of oil paintings, xylographies and sculptures

 

Literature.

 

Books

 

• 2019 __ La Apoteosis de las Piedras      

                 Lidet, Publisher.

• 2008 __ What I wrote While You Were Hiding
                 Lidet, Publisher.

• 2003 __ Words that You Would Never Dedicate

                 Elgueta, Publisher

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Photo: Milsy Méndez

Madrid 2018

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