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The Pre-Hispanic Art of Guatemalan Textiles

La Antigua Guatemala is home to a trove of treasures; amongst which the elaborate weavings found in stores or sold by street vendors (along with an infinity of other interesting knickknacks) stand out. Indigenous women weavers still use the traditional backstrap loom that requires the weaver to sit or kneel down in a particular position...

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Bellezas de la Naturaleza

From the 24th September onwards this exhibition by the Italian artist Giuseppe Tarnero has been open to the public at the Alianza Francesa in La Antigua. Originally from Rome, he is an avid nature lover – so much so that he has sat on the Board of Directors of the Organization of Tropical Studies...

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Marvelous Murals in the Mountains

Near the imposing volcano of Acatenango, amongst the rolling hills and sprawling green fields, lies the village of Chimachoy, a small indigenous aldea of only 700 habitants. It is one of several villages dotted across the countryside of the San Andrés Itzapa region where the Kaqchiquel-speaking residents maintain and celebrate their Mayan roots and...

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A Journey through French Architecture

A multi-disciplinary artist and traveler, Renaud works between France and Guatemala since 2009 and has his analog photography laboratory in La Antigua. Born in Nîmes, in the south of France, in 1982, he began composing in 1996, collaborating with musicians, cultural newspapers, and theaters and then in photography articles. During his journey through the...

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Tattoos in La Antigua

When you think of visiting La Antigua, usually you think of culture, art, ruins and monuments, or maybe you think about international cuisine and nightlife. But if you’ve ever thought that La Antigua is a place for new beginnings, for adventure, and for bringing ideas together, then this is the article for you. Just...

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Travesía de Sueños

La Antigua Galería de Arte presents the work of Guatemalan artist Josué Hernández in a one-man exhibition entitled Travesía de Sueños (Voyage of Dreams). This collection of watercolors is a visual interpretation of the so-called “American Dream” and the individual’s goals of becoming someone important in society. With colorful images, the artist’s works express...

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Avila’s Improvisations

Improvisaciones (Improvisations), a one-man show by master artist Ramón Ávila, opens this month at La Antigua Galería de Arte. The exhibit gathers a collection of highly expressionistic and abstract works: drawings, oils, and mixed-media pieces will be on display. In these, the intense drama achieved through the use of light and shadow, form and...

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Amor, Un Mundo de Fantasía

Amor, Un Mundo de Fantasía (Love, A Fantasy World) is a joint exhibition featuring sculptures by Alejandro Leal and watercolors by Gustavo García, combining and translating two views on a single theme: love. Photo by: Gustavo García                                    ...

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The Game Changers

Guatemala is filled with artists. Whether it’s in La Antigua or in the capital, there’s a new generation that’s innovating, working, and standing out because of its style, its work ethic, and its helpfulness to the community. Each one of these artists contributes, in his or her own unique way, to building a better...

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The Town Where Coffins Are Commonplace

San Antonio Aguas Calientes is a municipio in the department of Sacatepéquez and is located about 30 minutes from downtown La Antigua. With a size of a little more than 15 square kilometers (almost 6 square miles), the municipio is composed of two villages or aldeas: San Andrés Ceballos and Santiago Zamora. To get...

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