Think Big

In the paintings of Guillermo Trujillo, everyone is tall. NBA tall. The Panama-born painter stretches the heights of his subjects to represent the nurturing effects of the nucho, a ritualistic symbol of the uniting life force. Trujillo’s modern take on folk art channels the spirit of this ceremonial tool into all he depicts: stretching his travelers as elongated and willowy as well-watered plants. They become rooted in his landscape but are still free to explore their paths and grow within the piece’s perimeters. By cherishing old traditions and bringing them into a modern artistic style, Trujillo made a name for himself as one of Panama’s most celebrated artists. His work has been noticed locally as well; the new exhibit Guillermo Trujillo: Panamanian Master at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton), spans four decades of his artistic phases, growth, and development. The exhibit runs through November 4. Tickets range 4 to $8. Call 561-392-2500, or visit
Sept. 14-Nov. 4, 2007
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Jamie Laughlin