I was born and lived on the feet of the volcano, between weavers of baskets and poor people, where history is written in the walls. My uncle said that the volcano gave the masks to him, I grew between giants, demons, skulls, drunkards and women whose hairdos seemed like Baroque churches. He played in his coffee plantation behind my house, there he constructed my toys and he smoked the chayote bush. I learned to fly with my kites and the wanderers, to work like an ant at the side of my mother. I do not see difference between the masks of my uncle, my toys and what we call art. I found the magic in his paintings, their saints and their molds. He was my first influence, his aptitude before life and work has been my example until today. I was educated under the Catholic religion, participating in all the ritual activities that are associated with spiritual stages where the human being is born, grows, transforms and dies; frequently the water serves like a purifying vehicle that facilitates these changes. ? "It was the river that taught me to listen; you also will learn from the river how to do it. The river knows everything. See that you, too have learned from the river that it is good to fight to reach the bottom, to sink, to look for depth "(H. Hesse, 92), because it is not in the skin if you are not part of the river.
Adrian Arguedas May, 2001
Please also see Adrian Arguedas's engravings in the "Prints" section (click on button at left).
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We hope to see you on the next Costa Rica Art Tour! You are sure to enjoy seeing the work of Costa Rican artists and artisans in their private studios and galleries! Private art tours take place in small groups of 10 persons maximum, so you will have the opportunity to speak directly with the artists. Painters, sculptors, ceramicists, stained glass artists, printmakers, all are included in the tours, as are traditional artisans such as mask-makers and blacksmiths.
All of our art tours are in private minibusses, and include lunch and translation into English.
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