Giant Kites of Guatemala

Presentation by Indigenous Guatemalan Painter Enrique Cay

Date(s) & Times

September 29, 2016

6:00-9:00 PM



Free, donations accepted


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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.

Special thanks to Chris Eaton, Howell Rentals, Derek Keys & Karen Monroe, Shay & Michele Routh, Paul Wilborn & Eugenie Bondurant, and Georgiana Young for helping to make this event possible.
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