Ancestral art was banned bled by the Spanish invasion then by the armed conflict. I am in contact with the Lake, fire, earth, winds, volcanoes, mountains and the blue sky when it gets dark draws the lactic pathway where my Ancestors communicate and count time.
In the 50s the plastic, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and everything that ends in suicide is introduced this event marks the timeline where the clay objects are replaced by plastics, the practices of the peasant is threatened by monocultures , The mineries displace villages, erase forests, wildlife, pollute our rivers, lakes, devastate everything that is in its path, I enter the veins runs through my body react with these bad energies and the only way to heal me is to create ideas that can reflect on the human being. paint Beautiful landscapes of Lake Atitlan with pig blood, paint with burned oil from a truck, burnt oil from the boats.
Painting landscapes on top of lenses, mirrors, oars, objects that have a dialogue with the landscape. He painted a grandfather carrying the Bank of Guatemala to represent the psychological, moral, political and economic burden of our country that every time is sinking into misery. Draw on top of the lake the armed conflict as we are deceived by the militarist system, we are trained to kill, torture, kidnap, violate our own communities.
I love intervening the landscape, why? It is where we see ourselves.
Live and work in San Pedro La Laguna. Chavajay is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installation, addressing a decolonial criticism and a vindication and construction of the contemporary Mayan culture.
Between 2001 and 2009 he carried out environmental projects and interpretive trails around the Lake Atitlán basin. He is currently a promoter of contemporary art in the Mayan towns with Canal Cultural, a collective of artists in San Pedro La Laguna. He graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts, Rafael Rodríguez Padilla, 2010 he studied art history at the Institute for Training and Development, Amherst, MA. .
2009 Since 2019 he has participated in numerous group and individual exhibitions in Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Scotland, Glasgow, Nicaragua, Brazil, Prague Czech Republic, China and in several Biennials among which is: SIART Bolivia Biennial, Bienal CURITIVA BRAZIL, The Seventh Biennial of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus BAVIC, 2010 XVIII Biennial of Art Paiz, 2012 XVIII Biennial of Art Paiz.