From the series ‘Faces of Latin America’
by the contemporary Nicaraguan artist & painter Efren Medina
Wash & Mixed Media
Watercolor & Ink on Paper
Framed dimensions: 12 by 19 1/4 inches
Signed and dated '91
Each image is 6 by 4 inches
Efren Medina has a thirty year trajectory in the plastic arts. Medina studied at Nicaragua's National School of the Arts, under the tutelage of Rodrigo Penalba. As early member of the Praxis Group (that formed in the early 1970's)-- Efren Medina has been instrumental to the formation of a Nicaraguan Modern Art School.
The series 'Faces of Latin America' is one of several themes unique to this artist. 'Rostros Latino Americanos' or 'Faces' depict (in a modernist/abstract style)the realities found in the third world. The series formed out of the social conditions prevelant to Nicaragua, in particular to a civil war-- which in 1979 ousted a 41 year Dictatorial Dynasty.
'Faces of Latin America' is a testimonial to the social, psychological and economic realities of oppressed peoples. Efren Medina no longer paints these images, but the series 'Faces of Latin America' is a excellent example of how art can be an instrument to reflect the sentiments and histories of an era.
Other noted Nicaraguan painters include: Armando Morales, Alejandro Arostegui, June Beer, Manuel Garcia, Arnoldo Guillen, Genaro Lugo, Carlos Montenegro, David Ocon, Roger Perez de la Rocha, Leoncio Saenz, Orlando Sobalvarro, Luis Urbina and Leonel Vanegas