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article imagePortraits of Peruvian children at Kennedy Park, Miraflores Special

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 15, 2011 in Entertainment
Lima - Every weekend, dozens of artists gather next to the Church of the Miraculous Virgin at Kennedy Park in Miraflores, Lima, to exhibit and sell their paintings primarily devoted to portraits of children from the Peruvian highlands.
The district of Miraflores is one of the 43 divisions of the city of Lima. In this area there are many of the best parks, hotels and restaurants of the great Peruvian capital. It also has its own archaeological site, the pre-Inca ruins known as Huaca Pucllana, vestiges of the Lima and Wari cultures that occupied the place between the II and X Centuries.
Kennedy Park is one of the most popular recreation areas of Miraflores and home of the beautiful Church of the Miraculous Virgin. The church was designed by Polish architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski and it was built in 1939.
In the vicinity of the Church, every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, is held the “Boulevard of the Painters” where many artists from Lima and surrounding areas meet to demonstrate their skills with oil-paint, brushes and canvas, to display their work and to sell their paintings to local and foreign people who visit the exhibition.
Painters of Kennedy Park  Miraflores  Lima. In the background is the Church of the Miraculous Virgin...
Painters of Kennedy Park, Miraflores, Lima. In the background is the Church of the Miraculous Virgin and the Miraflores City Hall.
Boulevard of the Painters. Kennedy Park   Miraflores  Lima.
Boulevard of the Painters. Kennedy Park, Miraflores, Lima.
Among the painters’ favourite subjects are the charming portraits of children from various regions of the Peruvian Andes. The colourful costumes and ornaments and graceful innocence of the children are highly valued by visitors and are in great demand.
Digital Journal visited the Boulevard of the Painters of Miraflores and talked to painter Lucio P. Cuzcano. Mr. Cuzcano is a native of Lunahuaná, a town about 140 kilometers southeast of Lima. Completely self-taught, he has developed his artistic work in the city of Lima since 1979.
Boulevard of the Painters. Kennedy Park  Miraflores  Lima.
Boulevard of the Painters. Kennedy Park, Miraflores, Lima.
Peruvian plastic artist Lucio Cuzcano and some of his portraits of Peruvian children.
Peruvian plastic artist Lucio Cuzcano and some of his portraits of Peruvian children.
In addition to a great artistic sensibility, Lucio Cuzcano has a remarkable social conscience. Among his recent activities, he has contributed donations, product of his artwork, to the charitable endeavours of the United States Embassy in Peru to help the neediest sectors of Lima. He also made available a collection of 12 images of his portraits of Peruvian children to Les Volontaires Autonomes, a voluntary organization based in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec, which does social work in the suburbs of Nueva Esperanza (New Hope), one of the many slums of Lima. Les Volontaires Autonomes used the portraits to print 1000 copies of a 2011 calendar which were sold in Canada to collect funds in support of the organization’s activities in Peru.
Peruvian plastic artist Lucio Cuzcano and his portraits of Peruvian children.
Peruvian plastic artist Lucio Cuzcano and his portraits of Peruvian children.
Since 1996 Lucio Cuzcano has shown his paintings in many expositions where his art has been recognized and appreciated. In 2010 he won a painting competition organized by the Parish of the Miraculous Virgin of Miraflores. Because of his artistic work, Mr. Cuzcano was included in the bookDiccionario de Artistas Plásticos en Perú – Siglos XVI-XX” ("Dictionary of Plastic Artists in Peru, XVI to XX Centuries”) by artist Gabriela Lavarello de Velaochaga, published in 2009.
At the end of our conversation Lucio confided: "I am currently preparing to participate in another painting contest, but I cannot give you more details; it’s a spell ..."
Of course, I am now the proud owner of one of Lucio Cuzcano's portraits of Peruvian children, the one that introduces this article.
Portrait in progress. Lucio Cuzcano.
Portrait in progress. Lucio Cuzcano.
Lucio Cuzcano:   I am currently preparing to participate in another painting contest  but I cannot g...
Lucio Cuzcano: "I am currently preparing to participate in another painting contest, but I cannot give you more details; it’s a spell ..."
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