The People of my Mayan Village” is the title of the exhibit presently on display at the Banquitas House of Culture. The exhibit is made possible through collaboration among the Embassy of Mexico and the National Institute of Culture and History, NICH and the Banquitas House of Culture. The artist is Hipolito Uicab Garcia of Yaxkukul, a village twenty-six kilometers north east of Merida, Mexico. The meaning of the name Yaxkukul is green feather or new feather. Coordinator at the Banquitas House of Culture Cindy Rivero says that through the exhibit, the artist aims at showcasing his hometown in Mexico.
“The exhibition was officially opened this past Friday and it is a really nice collection of paintings from Mr Garcia, he is from Mexico and we are collaborating with the Mexican Embassy and we brought these 18 pieces for the public of Orange Walk to see we relate to this exhibition as it is about the people of the Mayan village and through the eyes of the painter we get to see the life of his people in Mexico and as Mestizos and as Mayas we could see this painting and see that we couls identify with many of the paintings that were here.”
In a short biography on display along with the painting, it states that the exhibit serves to reunite the artist and others with his Mayan origin. Since 1985 Garcia has held numerous exhibits in the region and abroad. He now also provides drawing and painting workshops for interested persons at the House of Culture in Chetumal. The exhibit is going to be on display at the Banquitas House of Culture for two weeks. This is the first exhibit by the artist on display there and it is also the first time the house of culture has collaborated with the Embassy of Mexico.
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