“Exit”, the swan song of a great artist, Gustavo Araujo

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By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

Art fans admire a Gustavo Araujo photographic piece.

Art fans admire a Gustavo Araujo photographic piece.

Gustavo Araújo was a talented Panamanian photographer and painter whose works were recognized not only on the isthmus, but also in the United States, Costa Rica, Brazil, China and The Netherlands. He died in a traffic accident five years ago. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), located in Calle San Blas, Avenida de los Martires in Ancon, is honoring his life by presenting a collection of his photographs and paintings called ‘Exit.’ It is open through Sunday, December 29.

Feet can also be beautiful in this collection called “Pies.”

Feet can also be beautiful in this collection called “Pies.”

Eduardo Araújo, Gustavo’s brother and curator of his work reports that his selection of 100 pieces includes traditional photography, photography using nontraditional formats such as projections and light boxes, serigraphy and paintings. “On one hand, the exposition represents the best of his work, in my opinion,” shares Eduardo, “It is an exhibition to pay homage to a deceased artist and the word ‘exit’ is full of metaphors that made allusion to the frailty of life and the fact everybody will eventually die.”

Aráujo began his career as an advertising and fashion photographer and his first collection called “Tan cerca, tan lejos” (So close, so far) was showed in Las Bovedas in 1999. His favorite elements were the sea and everyday objects. Gustavo Araújo is considered to be one of the most influential and charismatic artists in the Panamanian contemporary art scene, revealing himself in photos and painting without pretensions, always surrounding his works with a touch of humor

“Exit' is the thought evoking name of the show.

“Exit’ is the thought evoking name of the show.

The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The entrance for non-residents is $5, $3, $2 and for residents $3, $2 and $1. For more information call 262-8012.

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