Liliana Bloch Gallery is proud to present History Lessons, a solo exhibition by Mayra Barraza. The exhibition presents works from two independent but connected series the artist created in 2015: "Zenith" and "History Lessons". The two series explore the passage of time. "Zenith", a series of colorful portraits of women, traverses the artist’s diverse notions of beauty and idealism she grew up surrounded by. "History Lessons", consists of fifty monochromatic paintings of pre-Columbian sculptures found in her home country of El Salvador. Barraza portrays their imagery in dialogue with present events permeated by the violence and dehumanization of El Salvador in the aftermath of the twelve-year civil war that ravaged the country in the 90’s. The paired series seek to bring the viewer closer to the experience of living in a society full of contradictions that rejects its own historical exploration.
Mayra Barraza has presented her work in international exhibitions at the Museum of Latin American Art in California, the II Lima Biennale in Perú, the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Lyon, France, the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Spain, the Museo del Barrio in New York, among others.
Last September she was invited by the Federal Republic of Germany to Berlin Art Week as part of their Visitors Programme, and in 2015 was awarded a Travel Grant by the Fundación Cisneros -Patricia Phelps Cisneros Collection to visit Tokyo.
The distinctions of Barraza’s career and her contribution to Latin American intellectual and artistic discourse have confirmed her place in the art community. Her work forms part of important private and public collections in the region since her initial art studies in the nineties at The Corcoran School of Art.