Famed artist will debut not one but two exhibitions Saturday

Otto Apuy works with the colors representing the Costa Rican flag at the beginning of an exhibit that ran for 10 months in San José.

Famed Costa Rican artist Otto Apuy is opening a pair of exhibitions in Liberia. One is at the Daniel Oduber airport and one is at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery five kilometers west of the airport. Both openings are Saturday.

“Focus” is a selection of works from different periods of Apuy’s career and includes paintings, works on paper, objects, videos and installation effects. It represents a retrospective for exhibition in Guanacaste, and is a must-see for art lovers, said the gallery. For this exhibition, Apuy has also created an installation for display in the garden, “Territorial Unit.” It is composed of bull horns and other natural elements calling for the territorial unity of Guanacaste, with an aesthetic and historical focus. The exhibit at the gallery is at 4 p.m.

The second exhibition also is called “Focus,” and it is at the airport. It features his Chinese-Guanacastecan heritage, a vision of identity and memory, said the gallery, which added:

For almost five decades Apuy has been developing as an artist. In his earliest years he explored oil painting in a self-taught manner, painting still-life and landscape themes. In his adolescence he moved on to abstract work. Over the years this multi-faceted artist continued growing his professional interests, which have included social and ecological concerns, a search for his own professional identity in conceptual art, and his work as a communicator.

He is a pioneer in Costa Rica in conceptual art, installations and performance art, video art, painted sculpture, and intervened objects, and has evidenced a multimedia attitude that has expressed itself in his capacity as a writer, with 12 books of poetry, short stories and novels published.

Apuy was born in Cañas and has studied communications at the University of Costa Rica and later art at various institutions in Barcelona, Spain, where he lived for 11 years before returning to Costa Rica. For more information readers can call 8386-6872 or visit HERE! 

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