Confluences in South American Art: 2000 BC to 2022 AD

Paul Hughes Fine Arts, London, and Herlitzka + Faria, Buenos Aires, presented an exhibition of visual comparative narratives illustrating the role that Andean Pre-Columbian Textiles arts have played a significant and major part in opening the windows to new developments of Abstraction in the 20th century.

The exhibition brought together the works of a group of modern and contemporary artists whose careers spanned 20th and 21st centuries, namely Alvaro Campuzano, Fernando Coco Bedoya, Anita Payró, Alejandro Puente, Candelaria Traverso, Rebeca Romero and Augusto Ballardo. These artists all shared a reverence for Pre-Columbian Andean arts and their artworks reflect its power to inspire bodies of work rooted in its ancient abstraction and its spiritual depths. In each artist we can view a contemporary response to this archaic alternative reality.

Alejandro Puente
Alejandro Puente, Uncu, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, 118 x 100 cm. Courtesy of Herlitzka + Faria.
Anita Payro
Anita Payró, Avance, 1970, Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard, 69 x 49 cm. Courtesy of Herlitzka + Faria.
Candelaria Traverso
Candelaria Traverso, Serie, 2019, Patchwork on burlap, 120 x 144 cm. Courtesy of Herlitzka + Faria.
Larga Nazca Tunic
Larga Nazca Tunic. c.600 AD, late Nazca culture, 206 x 85 cm. Courtesy of Paul Hughes Fine Arts.
Alvaro Gomez
Álvaro Gómez Campuzano, Aerial Mutant 13, 1990, Polypropylene, 97 x 34 x 20 cm. Courtesy of Herlitzka + Faria.
Large Feather Tunic
Large Feather Tunic. c.600 AD, Nazca/Hauri culture, 152 x 96 cm, feathers and camelid fibres. Courtesy of Paul Hughes Fine Arts.