Singer/artist taps pre-Columbian traditions for her subjects

This work is titled "Grandmother on the way to paradise."

Stories, songs, and rhythms from her mother became Guadalupe Urbina’s basis for her professional career as a singer and songwriter. She has performed throughout Latin America and Europe, Central Africa, the United States and Canada.

But she also is a painter and author. She paints with acrylics and oils using paper made from natural fibers in tropical countries. Her works will comprise an exhibition that opens Saturday at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Liberia. The exhibition is titled “Colores y Sonidos Sagrados”

The biggest sources of inspiration for her paintings are the myths of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, said the gallery, adding:

She paints images that have deep philosophical meaning within rural indigenous or mestizo peoples such as quetzals, butterflies, snakes and trees, in both distant and present time. Her stories and songs are based on the myths and imagery of the peoples of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican. Sequences reflect the story of creation found in cosmogonist Costa Rican thought, including that of the BriBri, Boruca and

Ngöbe cultures, all living examples of centuries-old resistance to assimilation who have a love for nature, the Pop Vuh, the Book of Wisdom, and ancient Mayan, Aztecan and Mayan codices.

The opening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when the artist also will be performing her music.

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