Artist seeks to take viewers back to their childhood

Part of an Efraín Méndez painting

Colorful and whimsical paintings make up the exhibit by artist Efraín Méndez that opens Saturday at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery west of Liberia.

Méndez said he combines childhood companions in a capricious and intuitive manner as is the meeting of the land and the water that he portrays in the space. The companions are sea horses, ships, fish, dragonflies and imaginary characters. The works are acrylics on canvas.

In this, the Aquarium series, Méndez said he uses “the environment of rivers and oceans in the paintings as an element that represents continuous purification and constant flow between the being and nature. This is the stage where children have fun and enjoy themselves with their intrinsic and ephemeral games, making it possible for fantasy and imagination to create scenes that are simple and fanciful, leading to introspection and to a sensorial communion with the image.”

The show runs until June 16 at the gallery 5 kilometers west of Daniel Oduber airport. Saturday Méndez will be at the show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gallery said.

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