Don Quixote circa 2021
Among local Costa Rican folk arts (artes folcloricas/artes populares), such traditions expressed by criollo, (descendants of the European – mainly Spanish – settlers), mestizo, and Afro-Caribbean painters and sculptors, generally depict quotidian life, regional landscapes, community mythos and stories. These are generally the themes of such folk creations.
Yan Aguilar, painter and resident of the Central Valley of Costa Rica, is an internationally awarded painter for his canvases in sensitive and loving homage of scenes and characters created by the classic Spanish writer Cervantes – specifically in his novel: “Don Quixote de la Mancha”.
Yan, always polemic and unpredictable, came by Namu the other day with a painted canvas depicting Don Quixote and his faithful companion Sancho Panza, doing what they do best, but now, having left aside jousting windmills for the time being, Quixote tilts, in this black-humoured version, against a depiction of the COVID 19 popularly depicted spiked virus (is it a joust, or syringe?). Observe Sancho Panza rubbing alchohol gel into his hands and the abandoned windmill on the far horizon.
Bound to elicit diverse commentry – here we see a rare, yet typical folk art painting (stylistically), contemplate current zeitgeist with a composition fit for a political/critical cartoon seen amongst the pages of the New Yorker magazine (as we have heard one person put it)!
- Folk Art Artist: Yan Aguilar
- Acrylics on stretched Canvas
- Size: 16″ x 24″ or 41 cm X 61 cm