Chavín de Huántar contemporary art

Chavín de Huántar Contemporary art Stuttgart Karlo Grados

Chavín de Huántar contemporary art is a tribute to the pre-Inca culture that developed in the western and central area of ​​Peru, in the department of Ancash. Chavín is part of the ancestors of Peru. In one of his trips through the Inca country, Karlo visited the archaeological complex of Chavín and was very impressed by what he found. It was a very long journey to reach the ruins of this mysterious Andean temple. A bus trip from Lima to Huaraz. And then seven hours by truck to finally be able to bathe in the ancestors of Peru and delight in its mysteries. This temple is located at 3154 meters above sea level. Chavín was built approximately three thousand five hundred years ago and was an administrative and religious center.

In the painting we see the most representative symbols of the Chavín culture, interpreted in a typical way from Karlo’s art. On a black background, we see the monolithic sandeel (Lanzón monolítico) on the top right. It is a monolith sculpted in granite with a height of 4.54 m. It is located in one of the galleries of the old temple of Chavín. A little lower is a Cabeza clava (nailed head). A kind of sculpture that shows a mixture of feline, snake and bird heads combined with anthropomorph features. The kind of hooks in different shades of gray and one of them in neon orange, allude to the Stele of Raimondi. Another monolith belonging to the Chavín culture.

The elegance that the artist shows in this interpretation is unique. This variation of colors is very dear to Karlo. Once again he presents his great fantasy without overloading his images. We are in front of a modern painting representing one of the oldest civilizations on the continent.

Oil on canvas
Format: 60×80 cm.