• Daniel Tills in London

Latin America Has Gone Bananas

Updated: Mar 20

Congratulations to artist Mauricio Ortiz whose original work Banorama has been shortlisted for the 2017 VIA ARTS PRIZE (3rd edition of the visual Ibero-American arts prize)

'Banorama' by Mauricio Ortiz - a still life painting of a bunch green bananas on a black background
'Banorama' by Mauricio Ortiz

From hundreds of entries, his painting has been selected to form a select group of 30 which will hang in the embassy of Brazil in London for three weeks after which, a special jury will select the ultimate winner.

This year, the theme of the prize is ‘DIALOGUES’. Visual artists working in the media of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and print-making, were invited to submit original works in dialogue with a work or the oeuvre of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art and artists.

This striking still life from Ortiz features the banana - a fruit which immediately brings to mind the Latin American culture and trade between countries across the Atlantic whilst also providing us with an artistic link to older works by the Spanish painter Juan Fernández such as Still Life With Hanging White Grapes (c.1620's) [Madrid, Naseiro Collection]

Juan Fernández 'Still Life With Hanging White Grapes'
Still Life With Hanging White Grapes - Juan Fernández

Whilst the original Banorama painting is not for sale, a small quantity of prints are available for sale and can be found here.

We wish Mauricio every success with the exhibition and best of luck for the prize.

The exhibition will be open to the general public 3-24 November 2017 at the Embassy of Brazil, 14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5BL | info.london@itamaraty.gov.br

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