(Paraje Chaná, Tenejapa, 1964)
Manuel Guzman, with acrillic paint and ink on paper, explores and exposes an intense inner life, filled by the history of his community and town. Guzman was born in the rural community of Chana, and continues to live there with his wife and children. This community has undergone numerous changes since Guzman’s childhood – the introduction of electricity, as well as the profusion of churches, as is the case in numerous parts of Chiapas.
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His art also refflects and makes refference to his own carreer as a self-taught artist, before and after he suffered an accident while working on the construction of the subway in Mexico City, in 1992.
He started to pain with the teacher Esteban López Carlos Guzman, and went on to exhibit his work at the House of Culture in San Cristobal de Las Casas in 1986. In 1996 he took his work internationally through “Pintores Mayas” (an initiative of the Indigenous Languages, Literature and Art Center, CELALI). Now, his work appears in the VERY Gallery collection.