Peruvian Artist Exhibits Paintings on Traditional Vietnam Paper

Nicolás López, a Peruvian watercolor artist, is exhibiting his work in Ho Chi Minh City on giang paper created by the Mong ethnic minority group.
November 26, 2023 | 11:34

The exhibition, titled "The Language of Water" includes more than 30 paintings in medium and small sizes depicting the lifestyle, culture, people, and architecture of Asian nations visited by the artist.

The works also honor the beauty and diversity of Vietnamese culture and people through his use of giang paper.

The paper is made from the Giang tree, a kind of bamboo mainly used in rituals associated with festivals and ancestor worship. The paper has a rough surface and is highly absorbent, perfect for watercolor painting.

Peruvian Artist Exhibits Paintings on Traditional Vietnam Paper
The grand opening of the "Language of the Water" exhibition by Nicolás López. (Photo: Spazio/Facebook)

Vietnamese heritage, as Nicolas pays homage to the indigenous roots of Giang papers and the finesse of Eastern silk painting. Each piece is a testament to respect for culture, fostering a new perspective on watercolor creativity.

Born to a family of artists, López developed skills in painting (excelling in watercolor), as well as in music and the performing arts. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Ayacucho, Peru in 2007. He continued his painting studies, with watercolor techniques as his specialty, at the National School of Art Calors Baca Flor de Arequipa, finishing in 2013.

His watercolor works tell the inner spiritual stories of indigenous people and cultures, exploring the world's diversity through artistic journeys from Peru to Europe and Asia.

Nicolás López
Nicolás López. (Photo: Spazio/Facebook)

López has been an honourary member of the National Watercolor Society in the US since 2019. His works have been exhibited in various galleries in Europe and Asia.

He has received notable prizes such as the Honor Society Award at the 100th National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition in the US, and the First Prize at the XXV International Meeting of Landscape Painters, Argentina.

The exhibition remains open until November 29 at XYZ Café & Artspace, 50 Nguyen Van Mai Street in District 3.

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