Bulls, Boats, Fish, Faces and Fruit: Nicaraguan painter Efren Medina
Before we leave Nicaragua, we hope to pick up a really nice piece of art. We still haven’t decided on what that will be, but so far one of the most interesting painters we’ve seen (and actually have met) is Efren Medina.
Medina was born in Leon, Nicaragua and has participated in exhibitions all over the world. He now has a permanent gallery in Managua that displays his work along with other artists, including his son Camilo. His work is very recognizable in Nicaragua. Most of his paintings are variations on five subjects: the female face, boats, the guapote fish, bulls, and fruit – usually watermelon, pitahaya, limes and pears.
The guapote fish is found in the massive freshwater Lake Nicaragua. Guapo means handsome. Guapote means super-handsome. According to a tour guide we met in Granada, the fish’s name is a joke because it’s actually extremely ugly. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it tastes good. Medina manages to make the guapote fish actually look guapo.
He usually works with a bright palette of blues, oranges, reds and whites. With a few exceptions, Medina always incorporates a strong horizon into his scenes.
The four paintings above and many more are available for purchase on Artelista. All photos from Artelista.
What local artists have you found on your travels? Has your art traveled well? Did you still enjoy the piece when you moved on? As you can see, I want to think this all through before we take the plunge of buying a piece of art that is not a screen print concert poster.