Icons of various Asian cultures are portrayed in a solo art exhibition by Peruvian artist Ernesto Pujazon.
The exhibition, appropriately named ikon, is held at the Darling Muse art gallery until June 25.
The 39-year-old Pujazon said each of the 14 figurative paintings in the exhibition featured an icon that was central to a particular Asian culture.
“For example, there are cultural icons such as a dragon, Hindu deity and wayang kulit (shadow puppet show),” he said during an interview at the official opening of the exhibition on June 8.
The event, attended by more than 100 comprising art aficionados and Pujazon's friends, was officiated by Peruvian ambassador Alejandro A. Gordillo. Also present was Spanish ambassador German Bejarano.
Pujazon said the message of the exhibition is that cultural icons are an inextricable part of our lives.
“They remind us of our spiritual and artistic roots which are so easily forgotten in the unending bustle of our everyday lives,” said Pujazon, adding that he was inspired by the unity and diversity of the different races in Malaysia.
The paintings, each about 1.83m x 1.53m in size, took a year to complete.
Since 1990, Pujazon has taken part in more than 20 art exhibitions in Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Peru.
Pujazon left Peru in 1995 to spend two years studying art at a university in Nanjing, China.
After that, Pujazon moved to Kuala Lumpur where he is now working as an art lecturer at LimKokWing University College of Creative Technology.
Darling Muse is located at No. 142, Jalan Bukit Pantai, Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are 11.30am to 7pm daily except Sunday.
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