Aquiles.
Oleo sobre tela. 36" x 48", 1998.

 

 


Rodolfo Abularach nació en la Ciudad de Guatemala en 1933. Pintor, grabador y escultor. Estudió en Guatemala y Estados Unidos. Ha ganado importantes premios, entre ellos, uno de dibujo en la V Bienal de Sao Paulo en 1959, otro en la Universidad de Nueva York (1961), en Madrid (1963) y en Colombia (1967). Ha presentado exposiciones individuales en Estados Unidos, Alemania, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, México, Ecuador, Suecia, Panamá, Bolivia y Chile. Son famosas sus series de ojos y volcanes. Fue director de la Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas Rafael Rodríguez Padilla.

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Bibliografía:
R. González-Goyri: ‘El arte guatemalteco en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York: III. Rodolfo Abularach’, Salón 13, i/3 (Aug 1960), pp. 43–56
L. Méndez Dávila: Arte vanguardia Guatemala (Guatemala City, 1969), pp. vii–viii
R. Cabrera: Rodolfo Abularach: Artista testimonial (Guatemala City, 1971)
A. Pizarro: ‘Rodolfo Abularach: Ojos primordiales’, Rev. Pensa. Centroamer., xxxi/152 (1976), pp. 120–33
R. Díaz Castillo: Visión del arte contemporáneo en Guatemala, ii (Guatemala City, 1995)
D. Quiñónez de Tock: ‘Rodolfo Abularach’, Banca Cent., xxvii (1995), pp. 137–54
Guatemala: Arte Contemporáneo (Antigua, 1997), pp. 21–4

Fuentes: Prensa Libre

 
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Acrílico, 1992.

Abularach, Rodolfo
(b Guatemala, 7 Jan 1933).
Guatemalan painter and printmaker. From 1954 to 1957 he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Guatemala City while researching folk art for the Dirección de Bellas Artes, but he was virtually self-taught and began as a draughtsman and painter of bullfighting scenes. In 1958 he travelled to New York on a Guatemalan government grant, prolonging his stay there with further grants, studying at the Arts Students League and Graphic Art Center and finally settling there permanently. He was influential in Guatemala until c. 1960, but because of his long residence abroad his work did not fit easily in the context of Central American art. Before leaving Guatemala he had painted landscapes and nudes in a naturalistic style, but he soon adopted a more modern idiom partly inspired by aboriginal Guatemalan subjects. After moving to New York, and especially from 1958 to 1961, his art underwent a profound transformation as he sought to bring together elements of abstract art and Surrealism and experimented with textures, for example in cross-hatched pen-and-ink drawings such as Fugitive from a Maya Lintel (see fig.). Later he simplified his art and turned his attention to light as a substance emanating from within his works. In the 1980s he began to paint large landscapes characterized by a magical symbolism.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
R. González-Goyri: ‘El arte guatemalteco en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York: III. Rodolfo Abularach’, Salón 13, i/3 (Aug 1960), pp. 43–56
L. Méndez Dávila: Arte vanguardia Guatemala (Guatemala City, 1969), pp. vii–viii
R. Cabrera: Rodolfo Abularach: Artista testimonial (Guatemala City, 1971)
A. Pizarro: ‘Rodolfo Abularach: Ojos primordiales’, Rev. Pensa. Centroamer., xxxi/152 (1976), pp. 120–33
R. Díaz Castillo: Visión del arte contemporáneo en Guatemala, ii (Guatemala City, 1995)
D. Quiñónez de Tock: ‘Rodolfo Abularach’, Banca Cent., xxvii (1995), pp. 137–54
Guatemala: Arte Contemporáneo (Antigua, 1997), pp. 21–4
JORGE LUJÁN-MUÑOZ

Luján-Muñoz, Jorge: 'Abularach, Rodolfo', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy (Accessed 07/12/2002) <http://www.groveart.com>
 

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