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Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Works of art from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean range from ancient cultures to cutting-edge artists of today. Among the highlights are the Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Gold and the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Latino artists.

© Juan Carlos Distéfano
Juan Carlos Distéfano
Argentinean, born 1933
Acción directa III
(Uninterrupted Action III)
Reinforced polyester and epoxy resin

128 x 118 x 118 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2007 Latin American Experience Gala and Auction

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Juan Carlos Distéfano's oeuvre is characterized by the intense emotional and psychological charge with which his mostly figurative work is imbued. This impact is enhanced by the innovative technical and formal processes he employs, whether the manner in which he combines oil and tempera to create distorted paintings, or his use of reinforced polyester and lacquered epoxy resins to create sculptural pieces. The plasticity and caustic aspects of these materials mirror the attenuated themes he addresses and are fundamental in understanding the conceptual underpinnings that lie at the heart of his tortured figures. His monumental later work addresses the extent to which Christianity affects the mundane aspects of life.