Art conveys culture, history, values
Guatemalan Mayan painter Benedicto Ixtamer found that he can use his skills painting to earn a living by selling art to tourists in Guatemala, and at art sales and shows in the United States.
His vibrant red, orange, blue, green, yellow and purple paintings capture the people, history, culture, faith and nature of his hometown, San Juan La Laguna, a Mayan community of 10,000 on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands.
His art, like the Mayan textiles his ancestors made for centuries, is full of colorful patterns and indigenous designs. . . . . . More