Latin Art is difficult to categorize in terms of a generalization of color, tone or style. The complexity and variance that each of the Latin Art movements contains are steeped in historical significance. The tumultuous timeline of Latin America tells the intriguing story of creativity influenced by society, government, and the need to embrace or standout amidst encroaching cultural movements, emboldening aspiring artists to keep at the ready the infallible paintbrush of nuance. Perhaps a by-product of resourceful, unique individuals caught in ever-changing social and economic environments, Latin Art stylizes resilience and versatility in art medium. Latin American Art combines cultural identity with unwavering ingenuity.
By its very definition Latin American art has and continues blazing trails across unwritten cultural boundaries. Defined by some as a compilation of influences from South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and artistic Latin Americans who have established themselves in other regions, Latin Art is rooted in indigenous cultures that had over time honed their creativity to survive.
From the pre-Colombian Latin Art era, before 1492, to the sharp and visually cutting works near the start of the 20th century, the brilliant slashes of imagery in Latin Art offerings brings a startling dose of Surrealism, geometry and multi-cultural effervescence to the art world.
During the Columbus era, when intense pressure by the reigning power prompted Latin Americans to encapsulate religious figures and produce time period stream line works, Latin America artists adapted focus but maintained strains of their colorful cultural influence. Social hierarchies throughout pre-Colombian and after continued to be highlighted in variances of Latin art styles.
Boldly creating waves in the modern world and inspiring past and present artists enthralled in the Latin culture, a bevy of artistic gurus have surfaced over the last 100 years. In previous centuries as indigenous peoples, Latin Americans were known for their prominent sculpture work and embrace of the earthy tones so native to their land. Now in a different way but with similar impact, Latin artists ground their work in sharp contrasts from geometric shapes, forms of Cubism to purposeful strokes of vivid color. To describe defining characteristics of Latin art is to acknowledge Latin American artists' ability to incorporate the give and take between ancestral influence and multi-cultural mindsets.
The dynamic duo Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo along with artists such as: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Wilfred Lam, Roberto Matta, and Rufina Tamayo have defined and defied art against the backdrop of more traditional predecessors--with evocative pieces.
Muralist Diego and Surrealist Frida have produced many of the Latin artworks familiar to the current art scene. Their narrative works of Mexican culture challenge the great minds of professionals in the art field today. Many of the Latin Art works highlight or confront political and global aspects that fascinate the minds of many. Driving the desirability of their pieces, their purpose-filled creations continue to define important elements of the Latin Art movement.
Painting with unchecked purpose, sculpting with surety and fearlessly incorporating a multi-cultural mindset barely surmise the list of characteristics that accompany Latin American artwork. Striving to be blatant, image rich and with a tenacity to recreate the tension that occurs when "worlds collide" (or integrate) Latin Art is a multilateral movement that stretches over centuries and historical boundaries. Latin American artists have showcased their talent to be individual in style and deed while complementing cultural diversity.