Abraham Batzin Navichoc

Guatemala

2015

 

"Emigration is very a painful and profoundly sad topic, yet it is something that seems to never end. It is the result of wars that destroy the families. The inspiration for my painting is a WOMAN knitting the paths of emigration.

 

 

 

WOMAN

 

Mother

Widow

Grandmother

They just look at me

and they do not ask themselves?

I have been alone

for 40 years

fruit of the war.

My husband was killed

my daughter has disappeared

and my two sons

emigrated to the north.

Since then

I have not seen them

I keep on waiting for them

as long as there is hope

I keep on knitting

as long as the time goes on

I keep on knitting

the memories of yesterday

to bring them to the present

to leave them for tomorrow

that they would not be

forgotten."

 

 

Abraham Batzin (1964) is one of the most famous painters of Arte Naïf (Naive Art) in Guatemala. He currently lives in Quetzaltenango. Apart from his activity as an artist, Batzin contributes to social initiatives helping to improve the life of the Mayans by supporting the schools for the children with limited opportunities and the Foundation „Habitat para la Humanidad“ (Home for Humanity).

 

Batzin has made many exhibitions both in Guatemala and abroad and won numerous awards. His works of art play with the traditional elements of Mayan culture. He is famous for introducing the “aerial view” in his paintings – the objects are often painted from above, like in the “bird’s eye“. He is one of the artists presented in the book „Arte Naïf: Contemporary Guatemalan Paintings“, published by UNESCO in 2001.

 

Abraham Batzin Navichoc

Guatemala

2015

 

"Emigration is very a painful and profoundly sad topic, yet it is something that seems to never end. It is the result of wars that destroy the families. The inspiration for my painting is a WOMAN knitting the paths of emigration.

 

 

 

WOMAN

 

Mother

Widow

Grandmother

They just look at me

and they do not ask themselves?

I have been alone

for 40 years

fruit of the war.

My husband was killed

my daughter has disappeared

and my two sons

emigrated to the north.

Since then

I have not seen them

I keep on waiting for them

as long as there is hope

I keep on knitting

as long as the time goes on

I keep on knitting

the memories of yesterday

to bring them to the present

to leave them for tomorrow

that they would not be

forgotten."

 

 

Abraham Batzin (1964) is one of the most famous painters of Arte Naïf (Naive Art) in Guatemala. He currently lives in Quetzaltenango. Apart from his activity as an artist, Batzin contributes to social initiatives helping to improve the life of the Mayans by supporting the schools for the children with limited opportunities and the Foundation „Habitat para la Humanidad“ (Home for Humanity).

 

Batzin has made many exhibitions both in Guatemala and abroad and won numerous awards. His works of art play with the traditional elements of Mayan culture. He is famous for introducing the “aerial view” in his paintings – the objects are often painted from above, like in the “bird’s eye“. He is one of the artists presented in the book „Arte Naïf: Contemporary Guatemalan Paintings“, published by UNESCO in 2001.