The exhibition Diálogos presents work by 7 Latin artists of different origins

A variety of mediums and subjects and overall excellence in craftsmanship are evident in “Diálogos,” an exhibition of work by seven Columbus-area Latino artists.

Installed in the Cardinal Health Gallery at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the exhibit offers a snapshot of experiences and history from the artists’ home countries—Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States.

“There is a great tradition of fine art throughout South America that Americans don’t know about,” said co-curator Eglé Gatins. “These are serious artists with successful stories.”

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Working with found objects and hand-made paint, Christian Casas, a first-generation Cuban-American, created a large wall installation of alphabet squares in which each letter represents an aspect of Cuban life, starting with F is for Fidel (Castro) to letters that stand for words that describe the Cuban people, geography and history. The installation is bold, colorful and informative.

Elsie Sanchez’s Entredos and Procession are large, abstract oil paintings with layers of color creating overall swirling patterns. The works can be seen near and far, producing feelings of movement and hypnosis. Sanchez, born in Havana, Cuba, immigrated to the United States at age 9.

Eliana Calle Saari's

In her large works in wood, black and gold, Eliana Calle Saari, who was born and raised in Colombia, references life on a Caribbean island as well as Colombian history and culture, including One Hundred Years of Solitude. of Gabriel García Márquez.

A Mexican tradition of portraits of animals and people is reflected in the black and white linocuts of Pedro Prieto Jr. Prieto was born in the United States to Mexican parents.

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