Posted 4 March, 2017 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

National School of Plastic Arts National Day commemorates the sculptor with a workshop for its students

The Ministry of Culture and Sports, through the National School of Plastic Arts "Rafael Rodríguez Padilla" (ENAP), celebrates National Day Sculptor, commemorated on 4 March, by Legislative Decree 8-88.

ENAP carries a sculpture workshop, in which students delve into the techniques, materials and methods of this branch of art. The activity takes place on Friday 3 March on the premises of the School.

Las actividades realizadas incluyen testimonios de los alumnos y conferencias de los maestros Emerson Chicol y Alejandro González. The aim of the activity is, además de conmemorar el Día Nacional del Escultor, orientar el interés de los alumnos hacía el área de la escultura, as he noted by the Director of the ENAP, architect Otto Arana.

The date of this celebration coincides with the birth of Quetzalteco sculptor Rodolfo Galeotti Torres, who was the author, among other works, the Monument to the Marimba and Tecun Uman, located in the city of Quetzaltenango, and sculpture of Pope John Paul II, at the end of the Avenue "Las Americas".

Galeotti Torres was director formerly known Academy of Fine Arts and began his initiative called the National School of Plastic Arts. Over time the establishment took the name of its first director Rafael Rodríguez Padilla, another notorious sculptor.

This school also formed other important exponents of sculpture as Max Saravia Gual, Max Leiva, Rafael Yela Ghünter, Guillermo Grajeda Mena, Roberto González Goyri and Efrain Recinos.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports, through the National School of Plastic Arts contributes to the formation of new exponents of the art of sculpture. Also, enhances the work of renowned sculptors who have given their contribution to the development of this branch of art in the history of Guatemala.

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-Ministry of Culture and Sports