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El Salvador's Celebrator of Life
by Tiana Romero

Fernando Llort portrays the ultimate means of a restless artist constantly searching for new ideas and desiring to explore life’s offerings. This certain “restlessness” that Llort possesses led to his versatility as an artist and the inspiration of those surrounding him. His art style blends the shapes of Miro, child-like sketches, and mosaic characteristics.

Llort’s journey began with his birth and upbringing in San Salvador where he studied architecture for a time before going away to France to study art. As a foreigner, he felt compelled to develop and express his own cultural identity through art. On his return home to San Salvador, he was greeted with new cultural and political movements already taking place. Llort’s efforts to escape the noise and unfamiliarity of his birth place led him to the mountains in La Palma where he would eventually open up an art school and inevitably inspire and turn every person in the town into an artist. Llort established the Center for Integral Arts which was a place for anyone with an interest in art to learn. This art school resulted in its students taking an active interest in Llort’s developed style.

Fernando Llort Painting 1Fernando Llort portrays Salvadoran culture first and foremost in his pieces through the reoccurring religious and earthly symbols he chooses to emphasize. We can see rooftops of houses built by man for man as well as rooftops built by man for God. Crosses appear in the paintings to symbolize churches and the religious movements that have taken place. Doves, representations of God, celestial objects, and praying hands also appear quite frequently. Earthly symbols would include such things as crops, flowers, animals, and town life. The titles of Llort’s works makes clear statements that there is a relationship between man, the things of man, and religion.

Fernando Llort Painting 2The way Llort shapes the content in his pieces is characterized by child-like drawings and renderings of Joan Miro. The earthly figures are outlined in such a way that one would claim a child to have drawn them. They are simple figures with little detail but enough to draw a familiarity with the object. While a critic might call them elementary, El Salvadorans would simply categorize them as Llort’s unique style. Miro-like shapes can also be outlined through the paintings which in turn create a mosaic or stained glass effect. We can see the use of vibrant colors in these shapes that allow one to view a piece without the need of sunlight to complete it. There exist no underlying somber or dreary tones in the colors and content of Llort’s art. They constantly celebrate the culture of El Salvador in various ways. The painting to the left is entitled “Sunday in La Palma.” We get a sense of the town within the mountains where Llort was happy to vacation with his family as a child and later develop and grow into the artist he is known to be.

Fernando Llort’s art expresses many beautiful thoughts. These thoughts spring from the pride he takes in his culture. He views the relationship between heaven and earth as beautiful. He views the natural things of earth as beautiful. He paints in vibrant colors to show life and goodness. His style remains unique and consistent while his heart and hands grow in versatility. It was a restless nature that brought about this interesting and beautiful style in the first place. He is grateful for these accomplishments and we see him celebrating life in his very own paintings.

All paintings in this article are Fernando Llort's.



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