Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY – “I want to start a revolution,” says Sergio Raúl González, before clarifying: “an artistic revolution.”

Having spent more than 20 years in the United States, Guatemalan-born González recently returned to his homeland with the aim of training up an army of Guatemalan artists and showcasing their work on the international stage.

“Guatemalan textiles and artisan crafts are famous around the world, but our fine arts have yet to gain attention,” says González.

Last year, González founded Atelier de Arte, which he describes as Central America’s first art academy exclusively devoted to academic realism – a 19th century European movement that imparts the science behind drawing and painting. The movement teaches that through learning scientific disciplines, an artist can recreate any scene in a lifelike way.

“People have false notions that they have no artistic talent, and I want to dispel these myths through explanations and quasi-scientific classes. There is no such

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