Artist Mercedes Cecilia, Stewart and Teresa Skubel
“PAQARIY” – an exhibition with artwork by Peruvian artist Mercedes Cecilia — opened at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, October 18.
PAQARIY IS THE artist’s series of large abstract paintings that can be viewed as a microscopic mirror of her inner life. “When I think of Peru, intense warmth fills my heart and colors appear inside a trapezoid shape, as if the Inca trapezoidal doorway frames my memory field,” she says.
BC EchoHawk, artist Mercedes Cecilia and Leonda Levchuk
MERCEDES CECILIA grew up in Piura and Lima. Later she lived in the Andean communities in Peru and Venezuela. She came to the United States in 1980 after winning a Scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. In 1986 she founded the community project “Art for All School.” She lives in Woodstock, New York.
SHE HAS RECEIVED several recognition awards for her art projects and her work can be found among public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe.
Artwork by Mercedes Cecilia: “Forsythia along the stream.”
MERCEDES CECILIA’S PAINTINGS for her children’s book were also on display. The pastel paintings radiate a sense of timeless innocence, and evoke the art of the artist’s childhood teachers: the artisans of retablos from Ayacucho and imagery from Cusco and Puno; and gourd carvers from Catacaos, Piura.
Artwork by Mercedes Cecilia (clockwise): “Tinku” (“Meeting”), “Ollantaytamo,” “WaynaWayna,” and “Chayuq” (“Water well”).
Artwork by Mercedes Cecilia: “Qori Inti” (Golden Sun”).
The Embassy of Peru is located at 1700 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Tel. 202-833-9860. The Art Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.