Local artist will show how he captured beaches and beauty

Dos pescadores y turista"

Costa Rican artist Hernan Peréz Peréz will bring his unique vision of the country’s beaches and vegetation to a show that opens Saturday at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery west of Liberia.

"Cristina y su mundo"

The show runs until Aug. 3. Peréz works with oils on canvas, and the show is titled “Eyes of the Soul.”

As a child, not a day went by where he was not drawing something: scribbled fishing boats, waves smashing against cliffs, the beach, and images of the estuary and mangroves, said the gallery in announcing the show, adding:

“As he explored his talent, he entered the workshop of the Austrian painter Herbert Birkner, where he learned the art of enameling on copper and numerous other techniques. With the strong spiritual connection to the earth and living in a country with fascinating ecology, he has become convinced that his art must have a relation to this environment that shapes and molds us.”

The artist himself says “while having a strong spiritual connection to the earth and living in a country with fascinating ecology, I have become convinced that my art must have a relation to this environment that shapes and molds us. Anything else would be going against the tide. Many tourists fly here to take a quick glance at our jungles and wildlife, meanwhile, for me its all so close and easily accessible. I always thank God for this. Today, trees, bromeliads, flowers, vines, birds, waterfalls, frogs and butterflies fill my work. And in a magical and poetic act, I try to restore the world that my grandparents lived in and reinvent the Promised Land.”

Art critic Paul Solano Jimenez said:

“To define Perez’s paintings formally or conceptually is not an easy matter. His long career of experimentation in media and styles has been a constant. His works range from the almost ‘naive’ in its early stages, to photorealism in some of his current work passing through intermediate stages where he nods to such disparate things as the Flemish school and pop.

Pérez developed a refined technique, which allows him to achieve his formal artistic goals without any problems.”

The opening Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the artist present. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located five kilometers west of Daniel Oduber airport, For more information those interested can call 8386-6872 or visit http://hiddengarden.thevanstonegroup.com.

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