Nicaragua Primitive Art SolentinameThere are only three countries in the world that have a primitive art movement. One is in Haiti, another is in Yugoslavia, the last is in Nicaragua. In the southern part of Nicaragua are a group of 26 islands in a province called Solentiname. A Catholic priest arriving there many years ago noticed locals painting on gourds and helped them move their inspirations to canvas. Local artists continue to paint and earn livings from this stylistic folk art. This room, at the San Francisco Convent Museo in Granada, is dedicated to the Nicaraguan primitive art movement that celebrates nature, community,order, and color. The works and artists, though different, all belong in this room. They work within a style that is larger than they are, an ocean that supports their boats. It is like the Garden of Eden calling you home. The intensity of the artist’s focus is like the eyes of a tiger watching you from inside it’s cage.
History Lesson Baby Steps
In the San Francisco Convent Museo are a series of paintings that chronicle Nicaraguan history.The paintings start with aboriginal peoples who first inhabit lands before they are claimed by anyone but God. Then paintings move, in book style, through discovery and founding, colonization, building and commerce, fights for independence, reconstruction and modernization. These paintings wait for the arrival of a brand new brother or sister. Maybe the next painting born will be of a new Panama Canal, through Nicaragua? Maybe the next will show the country moving from Socialist/Marxist group ideology to free market small business capitalism, the way the United States used to be before it lost it’s way. People all over the world these days seem weary of their leaders. People following their own drummer seems a healthier recipe than falling in step with someone else’s twenty year plan.