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Lived/Active: Honduras      Known for: landscape, figure, genre painting

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pallette knife work depicting a mission on a hill in a village
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Carlos Garay (Honduran: 1943 -)

“Carlos Garay was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  He has over 40 years of painting the Honduran countryside.  Garay graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes de Honduras, obtaining the title of Professor of Plastic Arts, and began his career painting the Honduran rural woman, however, his passion for the picturesque countryside of Honduras was always evident in his works.  His paintings have traveled around the world with diplomats and politicians, and can also been seen at international galleries such as the William McAdoo Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Sagebrush Gallery in Sanibel, Florida.  His works can also be found in the private collection that belongs to Vatican City.

The 1986 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica refers to Garay as follows: “… The two most important Honduran artists of the 20th century are the painter Carlos Garay and the primitivist Jose Antonio Velazquez…” Garay is an impressionist, who masters the use of thick paint.  His paintings are famous for his impeccable perspective, fine drawings and brilliant management of light.  Garay has earned international recognition and is considered one of the best contemporary Latin American painters.  During the Chicago Art Fair in 2001, where paintings by some of the World’s best artists, such as Picasso, Delaunay, Miró and Leger where on exhibit, the Latin American exhibit included paintings by Tamayo, Diego Rivera, Pedro Coronel, Remedios Varo, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Carlos Garay, Wilfredo Lam and Daniel Orozco amongst others.  Garay has received several international recognitions, some of which are the following: Best young painter in the first edition of Honduran Institute of Inter American Culture; The “Andres Bello” distinction, issued in 1981 by the government of Venezuela; The “Pablo Zelaya Sierra” National Art prize issued by the government of Honduras in 1983.  He has participated in many art shows around the world, including the USA, Europe, South America and Mexico.  Carlos Garay currently lives in Tegucigalpa, were he has a studio and continues his work as a dedicated painter.


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