Luis González Palma
The work of Luis González Palma is delicate and torn, beautiful and melancholic, tender and tragic. The works are symbolic and felt. González Palma’s early works have been praised for their unabashed engagement with the tragic histories of Guatemala and Argentina, but also their ability to transcend the specifics of time, place, and culture to achieve universality and underline a shared human history. In the introduction to Luis González Palma’s Poems of Sorrow John Wood wrote words that speak to the heart of the work:
"Luis González Palma is a keeper of pain’s great chronicle, his art shimmers with clarity and insight into who and what we are. It is not so much a lamentation as it is a hymn to what living demands and an acknowledgement of what humanity entails."
Luis González Palma is an important name in contemporary Latin American Art; he is internationally celebrated and is in numerous public and private collections around the world: Art Institute of Chicago; Berlin Museum; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporánio, Mexico City; Centro de Artes Visuales, Asunción; Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton; Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Fond National d'Art Contemporaine, Paris; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem; LA County Museum, Los Angeles; Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela; Museum of Art New Orleans; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington; The Bronx Museum; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; and Kiyosto Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, among them.