In this show I feature eight paintings of the profound beauty of 'true love' that highlights the tenderness, friendship, complicity, respect and love that my own parents experienced during their 75 years of marriage.
—Miriam Castillo, Guatemalan artist
What better way to preserve memories of your heritage than through art? Miriam Castillo knows this concept well.
She was born in Guatemala but came to Canada as an adult to join family already living in Winnipeg.
Castillo is also a direct descendant of the Maya people. Her aim is to portray the colourful wisdom of Mayan gods and goddesses.
SCENE asked Castillo to talk about her work:
My intention in
presenting this body of work is a way to express my thoughts and emotions. It helps me
to connect with my roots.
My work represents the meaning of life, which
has been preserved and cultivated by the Maya for thousands of years. Through their wisdom, they have left a legacy that helps us raise our level of
consciousness and understand the true meaning of our lives.
I also base my work on the
representation and characteristics of some of the deities that formed the
beginning of the awakening of humanity, and also in the Popol Vuh - the sacred book
of the Mayas.
Miriam Castillo and her art (M. Castillo)
In this show I feature eight
paintings of the profound beauty of 'true love' that highlights the tenderness,
friendship, complicity, respect and love that my own parents experienced during their 75
years of marriage
I am deeply grateful for the
opportunity that Canada has provided for my personal development and growth as a person. I have also been given a wonderful opportunity to enhance my childrens' careers.
My daughter Miriam Itza sings, dances, writes, composes, teaches languages (Spanish and
Portuguese) and gives lectures on various topics. My son Marco is recognized in the field of Brazilian
music as a composer, arranger, instrumentalist, singer and instructor.
See Miriam Castillo's work at the Blankstein Gallery, second floor of Winnipeg's Millennium library during January.