September 29, 2016
Free, donations accepted
The Studio@620 welcomes Enrique Cay as part of the Worlds' Greatest Kiting exhibition. Known for his painting of giant kites, Enrique will explain the history and signiﬁcance of the day of the Dead to the Guatemalan and Mayan culture, and discuss the use and importance of the kites on November 1st.
For those interested in the Day of the Dead holiday, Indigenous cultures in Central America, or those simply fascinated with world culture, this will be an evening you will not want to miss. Presentation begins at 7 PM.
Enrique Cay Enrique is a Guatemalan artist from the town of Sumpango, Sacatepequez, which is known for it’s incredible Day of the Dead kite festival each
year on the ﬁrst of November. Enrique initially studied architecture but has since pursued his passion for painting and sculpture with great success.
His work has been featured in over 90 solo and collective exhibitions and he was chosen as one of the artists to represent Guatemala at the World Fair
in Shanghai. Enrique’s paintings celebrate the rich history of the Mayan culture and explores how the unique folklore and current traditions have been
inﬂuenced and shaped by various factors such as the outside inﬂuence of the western church or the beautiful topography of the region. His most acclaimed
series depicts in bold strokes and vibrant colors, the Day of the Dead ceremony where the community comes together to raise up and pay homage to the
dead with giant kites. These kites hold great importance to the communal life of this region. They are expertly designed and constructed by the entire
community using materials, colors, symbols and images signiﬁcant to the indigenous peoples as a way to corporately record and tell their stories for
generations to come. His work can be found in many private and institutional collections in Guatemala and beyond.
Artwork by Enrique Cay Learn more at enriquecay.com