Antonio Pichilla


Antonio Pichilla (Guatemala, 1982) shows with his Textile Art an intercultural abstraction.  He uses sacred and ritual elements such as candles, baskets, stones, and threads to create his abstract art, which is always related with the four colors of corn in Guatemala:  Black, white, red and yellow.

In the mayan dialect “Kaqchikel” means: Pich’ is woodpecker and Ya’ is water.
This “water sculpture” looked in the codes of the Mayan civilizations to create his contemporary language while also suggesting the profundity of his historical roots.

The knots on the canvas are a reference to Mayan shamanistic and energetic practices.  The knot is the bond between beings and their beginnings; it is the union that allows them to continue on a certain path. The knot is the articulation between kinfolks and/or enemies, which maintains a structure and at the same time creates tension between them.