Sure, it´s one thing to visit artwork when it’s hanging in a gallery or museum, but how about when it’s still fresh on the canvas? Furthermore, how can you really begin to understand the artistic process that leads to the inspirational pieces? Well, one great suggestion would be to go and see the artists at work in their studio, but is that even a possibility?
Yes! With the well-connected and bubbly Brenda at Tailored Tours Peru, gaining a sneak peek into the work of different Peruvian artists just became an activity you can put to the top of your Lima-list.
Yet there are so many diverse artists and genres on the Peruvian art scene that just visiting one would not be representative of the reality here. How about three?
All based in Barranco, the tour took us first to the studio of artist Chabela. This studio is located in a large colonial mansion, where 16 artists currently rent studio space. The majority of these artists were educated at the PUCP (my Peruvian University!) and the house has become a cultural hub of creativity. Friendly artist Chabela showed us around her studio space, and explained her noble vision of art, nature and politics. It was great to get a taste of Barranco artist’s work space, and experience how their art comes to life first hand.
As an unexpected surprise, we bumped into artist Mateo Liebana, who Brenda is friends with, and he invited us into his studio as well! The Liebana family (father, and two sons) together make an impressive art collection and Mateo’s distinctive style (which he expressed in a series of paintings he termed a sort of ‘therapy’) is unmistakable.
The most famous artist who we had to pleasure to visit was Victor Delfin, who I’m sure you have heard of. If not, the next time you visit the Miraflores Malecon, take a look at the large sculpture of the kissing couple in the love park- that is some of Delfin’s work. But it is not limited to sculpture. Across an impressive career spanning more than 5 decades, Delfin has developed styles as diverse as painting, sketching, sculpture in metal, ceramic and wood. His collection is undeniably impressive, and I had to absolute pleasure to be able to see the collection in Victor’s house and studio.
This is an absolutely stunning property. Built perching off the edge of a Barranco cliff top, the multi-storied/multi-levelled beauty is in itself a sight to see. If you wanted to really spend some quality time with the art, you can even stay in the house, as it currently functions as a boutique hotel (rooms from $150 per night, book through Tailored Tours Peru). But we were here to talk about Delfin.
His studio in itself is art. Overlooking the pacific ocean, Delfin’s charming wife Ana Maria (who accompanied us in the tour) spoke of how the artist had begun his life living by the sea. Always looking out into the uninhibited ocean, as a young man Delfin’s perspective on the world knew no restrictions or limits either. Later in his life, Delfin spent time living in the Amazon, and this aspect of his life is also reflected in his art work. A love for nature is especially clear through the metal menagerie that sees varied animal sculptures carefully placed throughout the gardens of the property.
Painting in this space must be a true pleasure, and I’m told that Delfin is an artist who continues to have love and passion for his work. I got to meet the man himself during this visit, and what a wonderful highlight of my Peruvian adventures that truly was.
In all, the differences not only between different style of art, but different spaces of creation was incredibly informative and fascinating to see. This is the only way to really get an insight into the behind-the-scenes Peruvian art world in Lima, and anyone and everyone who is curious about artists need to have their senses and their brains stimulated by this experience.
If you also want this wonderful experience, get in touch with Brenda at Tailored Tours Peru at:
Whatsapp: (+51) 962-373-975
Beckie is a volunteer with the Karikuy Volunteer Program in Lima, Peru.