FREE SHIPPING!  CONTINENTAL U.S.  INQUIRE FOR DISCOUNT OUTSIDE US.

ANTONIO COCHE MENDOZA

Antonio Coche Mendoza was born in the Tz’utuhil Maya village of San Juan la Laguna on Lake Atitlan in March of 1968. He began to draw with crayons and tempura on paper at age 7, and was painting in oil on canvas at the age of 1 2. In 2002, Antonio and his wife Angelina Quic Ixtamer opened a gallery called Galeria Chi Ya. It is the most prominent gallery in San Juan La Laguna. It is an association featuring 15 artists including several of his brothers. Antonio and his wife Angelina are the featured artists. They have one adopted daughter and also operate a small variety store next to the gallery to help bring in a little extra income.

The following are quotes from an interview with Antonio in May of 2012.

“I was the first person in my family to start painting. At that time there were no other painters in San Juan depicting popular culture such as festivals, Guatemalan buses and portraits, etc. Now there many who paint similar themes.”

“My father did chiaroscuro drawings. He worked in the fields planting corn. I am one of ten children. Now, five of my brothers paint and several have learned my techniques and style from me. At one time I taught art to children and had many students.”

“My work has been featured in many expositions both nationally and internationally and I won several prizes. Collectors have taken my work to the United States, Mexico, Israel and Switzerland.” (Antonio is represented in the UNESCO book titled “Arte Naif – Guatemala”, published in 1998. Two different paintings by Antonio Coche are pictured in that book.)

“Painting the culture and the traditions helps to preserve them, and in addition helps to validate them. Many of the residents of San Juan appreciate how we are depicting and valuing our culture through our art. It is important to paint life as it was in the past. We are happy that the painters of San Juan attract tourism.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibitions:

1998 – Biennial de Paiz, Guatemala – first prize

2003 – Pyrus Collection Gallery, Park City, Utah, USA

2003 – Oasis Café Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

2004 – American Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala

2004- Gallery at Library Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

2006 – “Magic Mountains, Mystic Valleys”, GINA Gallery of International Naïve Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Publications:

2001 – Art Naif: Contemporary Guatemalan Paintings, UNESCO/Fundacion Pais

 

3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.

ASF logo Proud Member of Art Storefronts
Cart

Your cart is currently empty.

Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.

×

Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List

×
Name

Badge ar compatible

The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.

Badge ar compatible

This Website Supports Augmented Reality to Live Preview Art

This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.

To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!

×

Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.

The GuateMaya Art and Culture Connection
+

Newsletter Sign-Up

SAVE 20% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER!

Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now!

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!

Ssl Encrypted