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The life of the guatemalan artist has passed between the creation and the teaching.

Like most children, Ernesto Boesche Rizo (Salamá, Baja Verapaz, 1936) recorded its first strokes during the education pre-school. Unlike the rest, never dropped the pencils and the colors, and it became a point of reference the arts and the national, especially of the portrait. From the window of Alwaysthe teacher contemplates a past and present given to the creation and teaching.

Energy

Shortly before that is dictated by the measures of prevention and containment of the COVID-19, Journal of Central America visited Ernesto Boesche in his workshop-academy of the area 1. His 84-year-old, the teacher exudes energy and enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge with the new generations. “I enjoy the friendship and company of people who seek my services. I like to convey what I know, and if I find people who can capture and take advantage of it, much better”, he says smiling.

After passing the first stage of their life in their natal Salamá, Boesche moved to the guatemalan capital to study at the Normal School Central for Boys, from where he graduated as a teacher of primary education. Already during that time, he did illustrations for different courses, painting murals, drawing portraits for his fellow students and even created the logo that the institution still retains.

The artist remembers that the first thing he did after obtaining his diploma, in 1954, was to pass to buy a canvas to Fotoarte, Miguel Angel Ríos: “In December I was already painting my first landscape in vivo, in an old street of my village”. This work illustrates the cover of his book Song of Nostalgia (2015), which collects his experiences.

Key institution

Shortly after painting the box, Boesche began his long-term relationship with the National School of Plastic Arts “Rafael Rodríguez Padilla” (ENAP). Although it only took a few months as a student of the institution, his work drew attention and received a scholarship to study in Madrid, Spain, first at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, and then in the Circle of Fine Arts.

After two years, Boesche returned to Guatemala. One day, while he was showing his work, Miguel Angel Rios, his path crossed with that of the artist Humberto Garavito: “he Only told me to accompany him to the ENAP, came in and told the then director, Roberto González Goyri, that I was the new master of drawing”. Later, the artist was also the director of the institution, and compiled his history in a book published in 1994.

Boesche never married a style, but his work stands out especially the portrait. To do so, his favorite technique is still the pen that lets you see the texture and the stroke. And although he has lost count of all the portraits you have done, very close to your heart brings the Hope, his wife.

Far from looking to the past, Boesche keeps the foot in the present. These days, latest details of a book that will review the history of the ENAP, on the occasion of the centenary of the institution, which will be commemorated next month. In addition, is preparing for an exhibition-tribute at the Museum of the University of San Carlos, whose date will depend on the evolution of the measures of containment of the COVID-19.

Priscilla Leon Lopez